Press and Awards
Château La Nerthe - White
Châteauneuf du Pape
July 2017 - Note : 93/100
A complex range of citrus, stone fruits and tropical fruits on the nose. This has a plenty of appeal, freshness and energy. The palate delivers a smooth, crunchy and composed array of mineral-flecked apple, lemon and white peach. Drink now.
October 2017 - Note : 16,5/20
There's an apricot character not dissimilar to Condrieu here, with lovely herby freshness on the palate and full body. Moderate length, but enough concentration to suggest more is to come with bottle age. Nice spicy note right at the last. (RH)13.5% Drink 2017-2020.
Note : 93/100
This estate consistently makes one of the top whites in the appellation, and the 2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc lives up to the hype. Offering a rocking bouquet of white peach, citrus blossom, and crushed rocks, it’s elegant and tight, yet concentrated and balanced. It’s going to age for 10-15+ years.
Château La Nerthe, Clos de Beauvenir - White
Châteauneuf du Pape
2013 Note : 93/100
Possessing more brioche, honeysuckle, citrus and white flowers,the 2013 Châteauneuf du Pape Clos de Beauvenir Blanc is a more focused, fresh and lively example of this cuvée. Made from a similar blend of 59% Roussanne, 33% Clairette and the balance Grenache Blanc and Bourboulenc aged ten months in 88% French oak, the wine is medium-bodied, elegant and seamless, with terrific length on the finish.This beauty will be better in another year and evolve for a decade or more, although, as always, drinking in the first 3-4 years is always the sound bet.One of the largest estate in Châteauneuf du Pape, Chateau La Nerthe covers over 200 acres, alllocated in the eastern side of the appellation, on the southern slope of the La Crau plateau. The wines have been made by Christian Voeux since 2008.The white shere are spectacular, but I found the 2012 reds surprisingly soft and straightforward, and truthfully, expected a little more.
2014 Note : 90+/100
Another wine that comes across as much more lean and skinny than normal (my notes say “why so damn lean”), yet still outstanding, is the 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc Clos de Beauvenir offers up its normal touch of brioche and oak to go with clean, classy notes of apple blossom, poached pear and honeysuckle. Medium-bodied, racy and almost borderline tart on the palate, it holds it together and is a beautifully fresh, crisp southern Rhône white that will benefit from a year in the cellar and have a decade of longevity.
2015 Note : 92-95/100
Not yet bottled, the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Clos de Beauvenir Blanc is more fresh and steely than previous vintages, yet still has medium to full-bodied richness, terrific notes of apple blossom, brioche and crushed rocks, impeccable balance and a great finish. I suspect it will benefit from a year in bottle and keep for a decade or more.
2015 Note : 93/100
Drinking window: 2021-2027 (barrel-fermented and aged in oak barriques) Light bright yellow. Expansive aromas of pear and peach nectar and tangerine, joined in the glas sby honey, vanilla and candied ginger nuances. Fleshy and broad on the palate, offering deeply concentrated, oak-spiced pit and Orchard fruit flavors and a touch of bitter quinine that adds refreshing bite. Closes smooth and sappy, showing outstanding persistence and a suave floral nuance.
February 2017 - Note 95/100
The 2015 'Clos de Beauvenir' is a magnificent wine from Château la Nerthe, which is composed of Roussanne and Clairette along with a few other varietals rounding out the blend. As this begins to open it delivers a wonderful, complex range of aromatics including honeysuckle, orange blossom, fresh mineral, apricot, white peach, buttered almond and melon all bursting from the glass. On the palate this offers a gorgeous rich texture, which is beautifully balanced.
he impressive combination of ripe fruits and underlying acidity, make this a truly special wine. While this is absolutely sensational right now, it would be best waiting a few more years for this to hit its stride, as this is ultimately an age-worthy wine with the potential to evolve over the next two decades. (Best 2020-2037) - February, 2017 (MD)
Sun-drenched pineapple, yellow-apple and stone-fruit flavors burst from the nose and palate of this creamy but structured white. Made predominantly from Roussanne, it's lavish and ripe, accented by hints of vanilla, spice and pleasantly bitter nut skins. The finish is marked by hints of honey and crushed minerals.
2016 Note : 94/100
Offering more of everything, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Clos de Beauvenir is much more interesting. Made from a unique blend of 79% Roussanne and 21% Grenache Blanc, it boasts terrific notions of caramelized lemons, citrus blossom, brioche and crushed rocks. Rich, textured and balanced, with vibrant acidity, it's a terrific white I’d happily drink anytime over the coming decade or more.
October 2017 - Note 92+/100
One of the few whites from the appellation I would be confident in aging is La Nerthe's 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Clos de Beauvenir. It's roughly 80-20 Roussanne and Grenache Blanc, fermented and aged in demi-muids and barriques, yet it is tight and focused. Stone fruit, melon and tangerine on the nose give way to notions of honey and bergamot on the palate. Drink Date: 2017-2013 - Joe Czerwinski 233
October 2017 - Note : 17,5/20
Ch La Nerthe, Clos de Beauvenir 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape79% Roussanne, 21% Grenache Blanc. Bonfire smoke, cinnamon, tangy green apple and loads of mineral persistence with wellintegrated vanilla spice. Dry, fibrous feel on the finish. Loads of substance and intensity here. (RH)13.8% Drink : 2017-2022.
2017 Note : 96/100
Slightly deeper colored, the 2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Clos de Beauvenir is richer and unquestionably more powerful. Buttered citrus, white flowers, honeysuckle, spice, and caramelized tangerine notes all flow to a full-bodied, concentrated, yet fresh and vibrant red that has everything you could want from a white from this region.
Château La Nerthe, Cuvée des Cadettes - Red
Châteauneuf du Pape
March 2017 - Note 93 - 95/100
Raised in a combination of new and used French oak barrels) Lurid magenta. Expansive aromas of fresh boysenberry, black raspberry, incense and spicecake. Sweet, seamless and concentrated on the palate, offering intense dark fruit liqueur and lavender pastille flavors and suggestions of licorice and vanilla that build with air. In a generous style, but there's more than adequate structure to this wine as well. Silky, even tannins add shape to the energetic finish, which hangs on with outstanding tenacity.
October 2017 - Note 94/100
La Nerthe's 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee des Cadettes is a blend of approximately one- third each Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Eighty percent of the wine spent a year in new oak barrels, but much of that has been absorbed into the wine, and I see that my notes don't make reference to overt oak descriptors. Scents of raspberry and spice lead the way, followed by a firm, full-bodied palate. The tannins are present from front to back, but they're ripe and silky, lingering elegantly on the finish.
Drink Date : 2022-2035 - Joe Czerwinski 233
2016 Note 97+/100
Similarly colored, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée des Cadettes is a Grenache-heavy blend that includes 38% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre. It was not destemmed and was brought up in 28% new barrels, with the balance in foudres. It offers more cassis, graphite, spicy wood, and minerality, full-bodied richness, a deep, powerful texture, integrated acidity, and awesome structure. It's a rock star wine from this estate that won't hit maturity for a decade and will keep for 10-15 years after that in cold cellars. It’s the finest wine from this estate since the 2010, 2005, and 1998.
October 2017 - Note : 17,5+/20
La Nerthe, Cuvée des Cadettes 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape52% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 18% Syrah. Cask sample. Upfront oak spice on the nose but sumptuous bramble fruit matches it on the palate, giving a generous, full-bodied and delicious mouthful. Fine tannin with good persistence and excellent flavour definition. (RH)15% Drink 2020-2040
Château La Nerthe - Red
Châteauneuf du Pape
March 2017 - Note 91 - 93/100
Raised in foudres , concrete vats and new and used barriques) Vivid ruby-red. High-pitched, mineral-accented red berry and floral aromas are complicated by suggestions of allspice and licorice. Juicy and focused on the palate, displaying impressive energy and lift to the raspberry and bitter cherry flavors. Rich yet lithe, carrying no excess weight. Smooth tannins build slowly through a very long, spice- and floral-tinged finish.
July 2017 - Note 93/100
An impressive nose with beautifully expressed ripe red cherry and raspberry fruits amid hints of wild herbs and subtly palyed spicy oak. The palate is seamless and holds pure red cherry and raspberry fruit long. Drink now.
October 2017 - Note 92/100
There's almost 20% new oak in this 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape, which gives it an overlay of exotic toasted coconut and vanilla aromas and flavors. Beyond that, there's ample weight, hints of cinnamon and clove and cherry fruit that lingers on the silky finish.
Drink Date: 2017-2013 - Joe Czerwinski 233
Deeply colored, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a blend of 37% Grenache, 29% Syrah, 25% Mourvèdre, and the rest Cinsault and other permitted varieties. With classic notes of currants, ripe black cherries, new saddle leather, and peppery herbs, it's rich, full-bodied, and concentrated, with a pure, focused style that's going to age gracefully for 15-20 years. It's one of the finest classical cuvées I can remember.
October 2017 - Note : 16+/20
Ch La Nerthe 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape40% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 23% Mourvèdre, 7% Cinsault. Pure primary red fruit that has lots of lift and delicacy on the nose and palate. Finely ground tannin giving fluffy texture with just a little grip on the finish. Good length. Has the concentration of fruit to develop better complexity with time. (RH)14.5% Drink 2018-2032
November 2017 - Note : 93
Tank sample. Deep, rice core of fruit and tannin punctured by a tremulous acid line. Vibrant, juice blackberry and black cherry fruits, with a fragrant violet end. Light on its feet and very drinkable. Drink 2019-2035 Alc 15% Château La Nerthe One ofChâteauneuf’s oldest, largest and most picturesque estates has a new manager.
Ralph Garcin, previously of négociant house Jaboulet, is the latest in a line of modernising figures since the estate was acquired by the wealthy Richard family in 1985. He has tinkered with some varietal blends, dialled down th oak influence and is working with a greater proportion of whole bunches. Barrel samples of the 2016s show a more vivid, precise, contemporary style ; one to watch.