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Professional Ratings: 90 Wine Spectator
Region: Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
Varietal: Rhone Red Blends
Alcohol By Volume: 15%
Item no. 100883
The wines of Chante Perdrix are traditional in the best sense, and they are authentic, long-lived exaples of the venerable terroir of Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
The red wine is made in the traditional manner, with ageing in the large oad casks and bottling from 18-24 months after the harvest. It is firm, rich, and spicy, developing slowly to a warm, satisfyingly complex maturity.
"Chante Perdrix produces one of the more exotic and intriguing wines of Chateauneuf du Pape. In top vintages, such as 1989, this is an undeniably flamboyant and dramatic wine. The estate is modestly sized (45 acres), and the red wine is made from a traditional blend of 80% Grenache, 6% Syrah, 6% Muscardin, and 2% other varietals. The average age of….(the) vineyards is an impressive 55 years. Additionally, this is one of the few single-estate vineyards with the entire vineyard located in the Southern part of the appellation, in the sector known as Condorcet……Guy Nicolet, a quiet and unassuming man, diminutive in stature, produces wines that are the reverse of his personality. Enormously fruity, voluptuous in texture and extroverted, they represent Chateauneuf du Pape at its most seductive. Fanciers of this style are best advised to drink Chante Perdrix within the first 10-15 years of (its) life. Although not one of the appellation's longest-lived wines, it is one of the most delicious." - Robert M. Parker, Jr. Wines of the Rhône Valley, 2nd Edition (1997)
Perfumed up front, with incense and macerated cherry notes giving way to a stylish palate that shows sandalwood, mineral, sage and raspberry flavors. Drink now through 2018.