Domaine des Senechaux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2013
The Domaine des Sénéchaux produces robust reds and fleshy whites that reflect a rich terroir and uncompromising expertise, in the heart of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
The parcels that produce the Domaine des Sénéchaux red wine are south and south-west facing and composed of quartzite pebbles. Vines are planted on three distinct soil types: pebbly clay-limestone, deep sandy soils and molasses-safre sandstone.
Close pruning, plowing, organic fertilizers, de-leafing... Under the responsibility of Bernard Tranchecoste, the technical team at the Domaine des Sénéchaux maintain the 24 hectares of vines with meticulous care and attention. Yields are restricted to 30 hectolitres/hectare.
In order to ensure smooth tannins and produce a red wine that is characteristic of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation, an intense work of cap-punching, 'rack and return' and gentle pumping over is carried out at the beginning of the vatting period. The wines are aged in a variety of wooden containers such as tuns and one-wine and two-wine barrels.
An unexceptional winter ended with a spell of cold, wet weather. Budburst was therefore slow but the excess water was absorbed by the surrounding vegetation, creating an ideal water reserve in the soil. The somewhat difficult spring triggered coulure on the Grenache Noir and a delay in the vine cycle. Early summer saw us in a healthy position, with no need for green harvesting. The technical teams carried out a double leaf thinning to enhance aeration of the trunk, thereby avoiding any risk of disease. The ripeness of the grapes proceeded according to the very changeable weather pattern. Harvesting began on 26 September with the Syrah, moving on to the Grenache from 1 October and ending on 15 October with the Mourvèdre. Rigorous sorting in the harvest reception area enabled the best clusters to be selected.
The wine boasts a lovely garnet red colour with crimson glints. Flattering and powerful , the nose reveals aromas of nicely ripe black and red fruit blending with delicate spicy notes. The powerful attack reveals a bouquet with raspberry and cherry flavours mingling with subtle vanilla and roasted notes. The wine has an elegant and delightfully long finish.
25% in barrels of 1 wine; 60% in casks and 15% in vats. Ageing time 12 months
61% Grenache Noir 20% Syrah 18% Mourvèdre 1% Vaccarèse-Cinsault
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