The name translates to ‘ancestral cuvée’ as a tribute to the founder of the domaine and what a tribute it is. Only released in good years, this is one of the star wines of the appellation. The wine has an impressive lineage with the 2007 vintage scoring 100 points from Robert Parker.
The 2012 is 100% grenache with the fruit coming from old vines on the best sites in the estate. It’s fermented and aged in concrete tanks and barely touches oak, with only about 10% seeing 2-3 year old large barrels.
The wine is a deep rosey colour and I could smell it across the room as it was poured. You’ll find delicious aromas of cherry, musk and liquorice, which follow through onto the palate. This is one for the cellar, built to age… dark and solid with firm tannins and great velvety length. What a mouthful. With so little oak it’s amazing that all this purity and power comes pretty much from the fruit. That’s quality CNDP for you.
“Opaque ruby. Black raspberry, Indian spices and licorice on the highly perfumed nose, with a sexy floral overtone gaining strength with air. Red and dark berry preserve flavours show excellent depth and sweetness, along with an assertive spiciness. Supple tannins build on a finish that accentuates the floral and berry notes.” 92-94 Points. Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar.
“Easily one of the top wines in the vintage, the superstar 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée De Mon Aïeul is… gorgeous all around, with incredible polish and purity, it offers up copious kirsch, licorice, toasted spice and crushed flowers with a seamless, full-bodied profile. Elegant, remarkably fresh and with fine tannin, it’s hard to resist even now. Nevertheless, it should benefit from a year or three in the cellar and have 15 years of longevity.” Drink 2016-2027. 94-96 Points. Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate #209 Oct 2013.
What a beautiful wine - definitely one for the cellar.
Shipping and Returns
Freight for metro Sydney is $10 flat rate.
Blue Mountains, Wollongong, Southern Highlands, Newcastle and Central Coast – $12 per case.
Melbourne – $12 per case.
Canberra – $12 per case.
Brisbane and Gold Coast – $12 per case.
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