|Chateau La Nerthe
Owner: Richard family
Route du Sorgues
Tel. +33 490 837 011
The word "Chateau" is not often used in Chateauneuf du Pape.
When it comes to La Nerthe it's quite natural. The buildings here and the
surroundings are the most beautyfull and impressive place in Chateauneuf du Pape.
The konstruction of the chateau started in 1736. The architect was Jean-Baptiste
Franque and the owner at
that time was Tulle de Villefranche. His family had been owners for a
couple of centuries. They called the place Grange de Beauvenir. I
1559 it was given to a family member named Pierre de la
Nerthe and from him dates the name today.
In the century before the
phylloxera the wines from La Nerthe was reputated as the best wines from the
After the phylloxera catastrophe
in 1870 the property was sold to Joseph Ducos (1833-1910). With
great energy he started replanting the vines. He was the leading
person in that matter who taught other wine growers in the area to
graft vines onto phylloxera resistant American rootstocks. He did
a lot to unite the wine growers and set standards for a better
quality of the wines. As the mayor of the town he got the official
name of the town changed to Chateauneuf du Pape instead of
Joseph Ducos Photo 1908 owned La Nerthe
During the second World War the
chateau was occupied by German troops and the vine fields were
neglected for a long time. In 1986 the chateau was aquiered by the Richard family
after advice from Alain Dugas, who managed the property until
2008. 2008-2015 the winemaker and manager was
Christian Voeux, a experienced winemaker who had been working at Mont Redon for
Alain Dugas. Manager from Richard family's
purchase 1985-2008. Photo from 2017
Christian Voeux. Manager 2008-2015
Owner of Domaine l'Amauve. Photo from 2015
Since early 2016 Ralph Garcin has
been Winemaker and Manager. He has before been Assistant Winemaker
and Buyer at M. Chapoutier, Tecnical Director and Head Winemaker
and Buyer at Boisson (the activities in southern Rhone), and
Winemaker and buyer at Paul Jaboulet Ainé.
To be manager of Chateau La Nerthe includes also to be manager of
the Richard familiy's to other estates in Rhone, Domaine
de la Renjarde (Massif d'Uchaux) and Prieuré
de Montézargues (Tavel) including the responsability for the
winemaking at the three domains.
Chateau La Nerthe covers 92 ha.
Most of the vineyards are situated around the chateau.
Some new plantations has been made since the 1980ties but parcels
with old vines mainly used for the two prestige cuvées also
Since 1998 the domain has
been certified agriculture
(information about wines for sale July 2018)
Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition
2015: 44% Grenache, 28% Syrah, 24% Mourvedre, 2% Cinsault, 2% others.
18-20 days of maceration. 2nd fermentation in cement tank.
Ageing in foudres for 12 month.
Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvée des Cadettes
2015: 35% Grenache (80-years-old vines), 33% Mourvedre, 32% Syrah.
Fermented together in wooden tanks and then aged here or in new
barriques for 12 months
Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc
2017: 42% Grenache Blanc, 38% Roussanne, 17% Clairette, 3% Bourboulenc.
Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Clos de Beauvenir
2014: 60% Roussanne, 30% Clairette, 6% Grenache Blanc, 4% Bourboulenc.
Roussanne fermented in barriques (1/3 new) and aged here for 9 months.
Prieuré de Montézargues Tavel
2017: 60% Grenache Noir&Blanc, 20% Syrah, 10% Cinsault 10% Clairette /
Cotes du Rhone Village Les Granières de La Nerthe
2015: 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre. From vineyars in Serignan du
Photos of buildings and from the cellar are from a visit in