Père Anselme Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Fiole du Pape red
VARIETIES : Majority of Grenache, Syrah
YIELD : 35 hl/ha
NUMBER OF BOTTLES: 500 000 b.
HISTORY AND VINEYARD :
This wine, dear to our heart, under Père Anselme signature, was created in 1952 by Charles Brotte with the co-operation of local Provençale glass and ceramic craftsmen. The original and surprising bottle shape represents the gnarled and twisted vines typical of the region due to their struggle of growing against the Mistral wind. La Fiole, “Phiala” in latin refers to a “precious bottle”. The bottle is exclusive as we are the only winery permitted to use this shape. “Pape” evokes the cru of Châteauneuf-du-Pape as well as the presence of the Popes in the region and village in the Middle Ages. The bottle’s golden anthracite grey powder recalls wines of former times.
The wine is unique and of constant quality. A majority of Grenache, an important share of Reserve Wines – 30 to 40% (some of which are 5 years old) give it fruitiness, freshness and maturity, intensity and smoothness. The wine can be savoured immediately or be kept 5 to 7 years.
La Fiole du Pape is the best selling Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the world.
VINIFICATION AND MATURATION :
Hand-harvested with berry selection, de-stemming and crushing before being put into vats. Separate vinification of each variety. A 20 day maceration period, alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in concrete vats. A rigorous selection takes place for final blending of Reserve wines - 30 to 40% (matured in 100 year old large oak barrels, some of which during 5 years) - to obtain a Châteauneuf-du-Pape which has consistent style, as well as maturity and roundness. 15 to 20 wines compose the symphony of La Fiole du Pape.
Colour – Deep and bright ruby.
Nose – Fruity and spiced. Reminiscent of ripe berries, cherry “eau-de-vie”, warm spices and truffles.
Palate – Elegant and well balanced, fleshy and powerful, with long lasting aromas: fruits (blackcurrant, strawberry jam), soft spices (pepper, clove) …
FOOD AND WINE MATCHING :
Enjoy with beef tartare, wild boar, moussaka, wild mushroom risotto, blue cheeses, or with a dessert of chocolate fondant in raspberry coulis, or a spicy apple and blackberry pie.
In 2020: WINE SPECTATOR 89
In 2019: WINE ENTHUSIAST 88- PARKER 87 – JAMES SUCKLING 87
In 2018 : GILBERT & GAILLARD 2018 Gold Medal – WINE SPECTATOR 89
In 2017 : GILBERT & GAILLARD 2017 Gold Medal
In 2016: PARKER 88 - GILBERT & GAILLARD 2016 Gold Medal
In 2015: GAULT & MILLAU 16/20 - WINE SPECTATOR 87
In 2014: WINE SPECTATOR 88 - JANCIS ROBINSON 16.5/20 - PARKER 89