Chateau La Nerthe

Owner: Richard family
Manager: Ralph Garcin
Route du Sorgues
84230 Chateauneuf-du-Pape
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 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 area.

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 Chateauneuf Calcernier. 
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 several years.
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 biologique.

The wines: 
(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 wine

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 here.

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 April 2014.

The 3 directors who have have had/are the rresponcibilty for the Richard's 3 domains in Rhone from 1985 until today. 
Chateau la Nerthe (Chateauneuf du Pape),
Domaine de la Renjarde (Massif d'Uchaux) and Prieuré de Montezargues (Tavel)

Alain Dugas - Director 1985-2008

It was Mr. Dugas that made the Richard family aware that Chateau la Nerthe was for sale. He owned at this time Domaine de la Renjarde and Prieuré de Montezargues. These two domains came later in Richard's possession. His son Guillaume is today the daily leader of Prieuré de Montezargues and presented with his daughter-in-law this domain's wine at Couleur du Tavel in 2017 where the photo was taken.

Christian Voeux - Director 2008-2016

When Alain Dugas retired, Christian Voeux was employed as director an in charge of the two other domains of the Richardf family. 
He had then been responsible for the winemaking at
Chateau Mont-Redon for 25 years.
Christian Voeux's parents owned a property in Séguret, and he now
rund this domaine
Domaine de l'Armauve. He presented his wines at Salon des Vins Seguret 2017. Photo is from this event.

Ralph Garcin (f. 1974) -  Director since 2015

Prior to his employment at La Nerthe, he has had an impressive career at a number of larger wine houses since he received his oenological education in Motpellier, among other jobs he has been a buyer of wines and assistent winemaker or responsible winemaker at Chapoutier, Boisset and most recently at Jaboulet.

Photo from Kobrand

The winemaker at Chateau La Nerthe collecting samples for a primary tasting a few weeks before before the final blending.

The very old stone tanks you see to the left have walls 2 metres thick.

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