Chateau La Nerthe

Owner: Richard family
Manager: Rémi Jean
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. 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 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. 

Joseph Ducos  Photo 1908 owned La Nerthe 1877-1910

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 25 years.

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
Ralph Garcin Manager 2016 - 2019. Has no the same job at Chateau de Nalys

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.

Rém Jean as been since 2020 director
Before he had a similar position at other domains
owned by Richard.
Photo fra 
Kobrand where you can read more about him 

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 exist.
Since 1998 the domain has been certified agriculture biologique.

The wines: 
(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 Rosé
2017: 60% Grenache Noir&Blanc, 20% Syrah, 10% Cinsault 10% Clairette / Bourboulenc.

Cotes du Rhone Village Les Granières de La Nerthe
2015: 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre. From vineyars in Serignan du Comtat.

Photos of buildings and from the cellar are from a visit in April 2014.

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


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Updated 2021-03-06