Wine Enthusiast 95
Ripe, luminous wild strawberries and black cherry flavors explode from nose to finish in this hedonistic, intensely fruity blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvdre and Cinsault. It's gorgeously primary in youth with a zesty mineral undertone, but is concentrated enough to improve, gaining earthier complexities through 2030 and likely further.
Tasting Panel 94
"Spanning 225 acres, Chteau La Nerthes vineyards occupy a single block that has been certified organic since 1998. Their sandy clay soils boast a surface layer of the famous large, round stones called galets. All 14 of the appellations permitted varieties are planted here, though 62% of the vineswhich average over 40 years oldare Grenache. Offering focused aromas of rhubarb, orange peel, and iron, this spiced expression has abundant personality defined by cinnamon and cranberry: Its juicy, fresh, and vibrant, with a chewy texture and an earthy nature."
Wine Spectator 93
This pumps ripe raspberry, plum and blackberry pte de fruit flavors through, with anise, fruitcake and Christmas pudding notes adding range and detail along the way. Flash of bay on the finish. A not-shy wine. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvdre and Cinsault. Best from 2022 through 2032.
James Suckling 93
A very vibrant array of ripe raspberry, red-plum and berry-pastry aromas with mulberries, too. Very fresh. Theres a very rich and ripe, dark-fruit core here with a wealth of super plush and languid tannins that are dense yet soft. This is a hallmark of the vintage. A blend of 45% grenache, 30% syrah, 15% mourvedre and ten additional varieties. Drink over the next decade and more.
Wine Advocate 91
The 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape features gentle herb shadings, ripe stone fruit and berry flavors, and a long, clean finish. It's full-bodied but somewhat delicate and silky in feel. I'd opt for drinking this blend of 35% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvdre and 5% Cinsault over the next 7-8 years.
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Archives affirm Château La Nerthe's existence as early as 1560, while suggesting an even more distant past dating to the dawn of the region's wine culture in the 12th century, making it one of Châteauneuf's oldest estates and a benchmark producer of the region. Châteauneuf-du-Pape – means "New Castle of the Pope" referring to the time in the 14th century when the pope resided in Avignon, not in Rome. In 1986 the Richard family, involved in wine making and wine distribution since 1892, purchased Château La Nerthe and has undergone a vast rehabilitation both in viticulture and viniculture.