The Fiole du Pape
VARIETIES : Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault
YIELD : 35 hl/ha
NUMBER OF BOTTLES / ALCOHOL D° : 500 000 b. – 14% vol
HISTORY AND VINEYARD :
This wine, close to our hearts here at Maison Brotte, was created in 1952 by Charles Brotte with the co-operation of local provençale glass and ceramic craftsmen. The unique bottle shape represents the gnarled and twisted vines typical of the region due to their struggle of growing against the Mistral wind. The bottle is exclusive as we are the only winery permitted to use this shape.
This wine is a masterful blend of multiple vintages of our best cuvées, aged according to the traditions and know-how of our esteemed Maison. The 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. Each variety is vinified separately. A 20 day maceration period, alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in concrete vats. Blending of dry wines and traditional maturation in traditional 100 year old oak vats, for 1 to 5 years. A rigorous selection takes place before final blending of reserve wines of different vintages to obtain a Châteauneuf-du-Pape of consistent style and maturity. Bottling takes place only once these high standards have been reached.
Colour – Deep and bright ruby.
Nose – Fruity and spiced. Reminiscent of ripe berries, morello cherry, warm spices (cinnamon, clove, nutmeg), truffles and cedar.
Palate – Elegant and well balanced, fleshy and powerful, with long lasting aromas. A pleasure to savour.
FOOD AND WINE MATCHING :
Serve at 17 °C.
Enjoy with beef tartare, wild boar, moussaka, wild mushroom risotto, blue cheses, or with a dessert of chocolate fondant in raspberry coulis, or a spicy apple and blackberry pie.
Vint. 2016: PARKER 88, GILBERT & GAILLARD Gold Medal – WINE SPECTATOR 86