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Professional Ratings: 95 Wine Spectator, 91 The Wine Advocate
Region: Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
Varietal: Rhone Red Blends
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Item no. 56697
La Nerthe's legendary Cuvee des Cadettes is made exclusively from very low-yielding, 100-year-old vines from a delimited parcel, "Les Cadettes." A wine of extraordinary richness and depth, "Cuvée des Cadettes" embodies the unique attributes which established the legendary stature of the estate. A blend of 60 percent Grenache, 30 percent Mourvèdre and ten percent Syrah, the highly concentrated flavors of this wine lend themselves particularly well to long cellar aging.
"A seductive wine that's rich and ripe, thick and delightful, filling the palate with sweet fruit that cascades in a symphony of subtle violet, plum and blackberry--all presented in a creamlike texture that sets off a song and dance of pleasure on the palate. Amazing."
"The luxury cuvee of 1999 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee des Cadettes (a 1,000-case blend of 39% Grenache, 36% Syrah, and 25% Mourvedre, aged in small barrels, of which 50% are new) is a top-class wine offering an attractive, moderately intense nose of spice box, blackberries, vanilla, and minerals. Medium to full-bodied and layered, with superb ripeness and purity, a sweet attack, and moderate tannin in the finish, it is accessible, but will be even better in 2-3 years. It will keep for 15-18 years."
-The Wine Advocate
A seductive wine that's rich and ripe, thick and delightful, filling the palate with sweet fruit that cascades in a symphony of subtle violet, plum and blackberry--all presented in a creamlike texture that sets off a song and dance of pleasure on the palate. Amazing. Drink now through 2020.
The 1999 (39% Grenache, 35% Syrah, and 26% Mourvedre, all aged in barrel) does not reveal the fat of the 2000 or 1998, but it is an elegant, well-delineated effort with copious vibrancy, freshness, and cedar, black cherry and cassis fruit. Medium to full-bodied with a moderately muscular personality, it will benefit from 4-5 years of cellaring, and keep for 15-18.