Old-fashioned Châteauneuf from a quirky grower who ages his wines in enormous oak foudres and releases them to order.
The soil is pebbly red clay with galets (pudding stones). Green harvesting in the vineyard, lutte raisonnée, organic viticulture
and low yields (below 35hl/ha) help provide the raw ingredients.
The blend is reassuringly southern Rhône
: 60% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre and 5% Cinsault and the
remaining odds and curious sods making up a baker’s dozen à la Château Beaucastel.
70% 1965 Grenache, 10% 1990 Syrah, 10% 1975 Mourvèdre, 10% 1960s Cinsault/various, one-third destemmed, aged oak 12-18 months - See more at: http://drinkrhone.com/wines/Ch%C3%A2teauneuf-du-Pape/CUV%C3%89E%20DES%20SOMMELIERS,%20CHRISTOPHE%20MESTRE/wine/1125/Ch%C3%A2teauneuf-du-Pape%20Cuv%C3%A9e%20des%20Sommeliers%20red#sthash.U839e9Pr.dpuf