Domaine du Banneret, Châteauneuf du Pape, Rhône, France, 2018 through Merchant of Wine.

Domaine du Banneret, Châteauneuf du Pape, Rhône, France, 2018

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Overview of the Wine
Domaine du Banneret is a small family property of five hectares, located in Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the Rhône Valley. From a confidential production, only 13,000 bottles are available each year. Two cuvées are produced by Audrey and Jean-Claude Vidal: a red Châteauneuf-du-Pape vinified according to ancestral methods and a white Châteauneuf-du-Pape whose production does not exceed 2,000 bottles. The vines are old, they produce low yields but of high quality. The average age of the vineyard is 70 years, the old vines are regularly replaced by new plans while respecting the original complantation. The vineyard is managed with respect for nature thanks to the use of organic composts. The nine plots are located on different localities, the production therefore comes from a very varied terroir.

Grape / Blend
Grape varieties: Grenache noir, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Muscardin, Vaccarèse, Terret Noir, Cinsault, Picpoul Noir, Counoise, Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris, Clairette (white and pink), Bourboulenc, Roussane, Picardan

Origin
Rhône, France

Winemaker's Tasting Notes
The Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge is a blend of 13 grape varieties authorised for the appellation: Grenache noir, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Muscardin, Vaccarèse, Terret Noir, Cinsault, Picpoul Noir, Counoise and Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris, Clairette (blanche and rose), Bourboulenc, Roussane, Picardan. The harvest is manual without destemming, at full maturity of each grape variety. Sorting of the grapes is careful. Filtration is done naturally by decantation without adding yeasts for fermentation. The aging lasts 24 months in oak barrels.

94 Points - Ian Blackburn
Absolutely one of my favorite efforts in CNDP!  The elegance, finesse and comparisons to RAYAS are never ending - also this vineyard is in very close proximity to RAYAS and about 1/10th the price and it is available.   The style is more conservative, more feminine and balance here is remarkable.  Nose of V8 tomato leaf, celery leaf, white pepper, black olive, tapenade, spices and herbs.  Mouth is tender and will continue to unwind for the next decade.  Drinks now but rewards a little patience.  Do some research and you will see that this house if referred and should be a top performer as the word continues to spread.  Color 14, Aromas 24, Body/ Structure 23, Overall Impression 33 = 94 points

Product size: 750ml

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