|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. At first it was
called Grange de
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
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 Chateauneuf
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 winmaker who hed been working at Mont Redon for
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).
Chateau La Nerthe covers 92 ha. Most of the
vineyards are situated around the chateau.
Some new plantations has been made since the 80ties but parcels with old vines
mainly used for the two prestige cuvées also exist.
Since 1998 the domain has
been certified agriculture
(information about resent vintages is not added as not available just now.)
Chateauneuf du Pape
Les Granières de La Nerthe
Made from younger vines, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. Second
Chateauneuf du Pape
2011: 47% Grenache, 22% Mourvedre, 29% Syrah and 2% Cinsault.
69% aged in barriques and 31% in foudres for about 12 months.
2012: 44% Grenache, 14% Mourvedre, 27% Syrah and 5% Cinsault.
2013: 43% Grenache, 22% Mourvedre, 30% Syrah and 5% Cinsault.
Blends for older vintages can be seen
Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvée des Cadettes
2010: 35% Syrah, 34% Grenache and 31% Mourvedre.
2012: 39% Syrah, 37% Grenache and 22% Mourvedre.
2013. 42% Syrah, 37% Grenache and 21% Mourvedre
Aged in barriques for about 12 months.
Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc
2013: 38% Roussanne, 31% Grenache Blanc, 16% Clairette and 15%
Bourboulenc. 30% aged in barriques and the rest in tank.
Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Clos de Beauvenir
2012: 58% Roussanne, 32% Clairette, 8% Grenache Blanc and 2% Bourboulenc.
85% fermented and aged for a year in new or two-years-old barrels
Photos of biuldings and from the cellar are from a visit in