For more than 5 centuries, Château La Nerthe has been making classic, terroir-driven wines from the heart of Châteauneuf du Pape. Spanning over 96 hectares, the vineyards are a mosaic of all the unique terroir and soil types the region has to offer.
France, Rhône, Châteauneuf du Pape
Château la Nerthe
Located at the birthplace of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation, the cellars of Château La Nerthe date back to the 16th century. Their vineyards spread over 92 hectares of the Châteauneuf du Pape appellation with more than 57 plots, all representing the different unique terroirs of the area. The elegance in the wines is the expression of the terroir and the length of the palate proves the amazing quality of the wines of Château La Nerthe.
Château La Nerthe is nestled in a green park, like an island surrounded by 60 hectares of ancient vineyards. Yet despite these majestic surroundings, Château La Nerthe has always been a welcoming place. The wines produced at Château La Nerthe are being appreciated for over a long time. For over 5 centuries, Château La Nerthe have earned their position in the area. The château has received the most conscientious care by its successive owners that uphold the reputation for excellence.
“ The 13 varieties of the appellation are “raised” to produce very complex and elegant wines with delicate aromas ”
Winemaker & owner
Château La Nerthe
The vineyards of Château La Nerthe are a mosaic of 57 plots in which all the 4 main soil types of Châteauneuf du Pape are represented. They grow 13 grape varieties on 92 hectares, most of them surrounded at the château. These vineyards enjoy an exceptional location, the comprises terraces and hillsides typical of local soils with clay-limestone pebbles. The other 32 hectares forming the area of La Crau lie on a clay rich soil, covered with worn flat pebbles and some sandstone. Together, these plots cover the entire diverse range of soils of the appellation making the style of La Nerthe the whole, complete expression of the complexity of Châteauneuf du Pape.
The 13 varieties of the appellation are “raised” to produce very complex and elegant wines with delicate aromas. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault are the major components when blending the red wines. Grenache blanc, Roussanne, Clairette and Bourboulenc give birth to expressive and balanced white wines. The crop is hand-harvested at optimum ripeness to allow each grape variety to fully express its finesse. Château La Nerthe works completely organic since 1998 and have the ECOCERT certification.
Showing the elegance of a great terroir for over 5 centuries of history.
Property owned by the Richard Family
Located in the birthplace of the appellation
Founded in 1560 with over 5 centuries of history
Organic winemaking & ECOCERT certification
Château Le Nerthe grows 13 grape varieties of the appellation are “raised” to produce very complex and elegant wines with delicate aromas. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault are the major components when blending the red wines. Grenache blanc, Roussanne, Clairette and Bourboulenc give birth to expressive and balanced white wines. The crop is hand-harvested at optimum ripeness to allow each grape variety to fully express its finesse.
Les Cassagnes de La Nerthe
The ancient Côtes-du-Rhône Villages vineyards of Les Cassagnes are in Sérignan-du-Comtat in Domaine de la Renjarde and managed by the Château La Nerthe team with the same passion and experience for which the esteemed Châteauneuf-du-Pape estate is recognized. This wine is a blend of Grenache Blanc, Roussanne Marsanne and Viognier and comes of 25-year-old vines. The wine ages on its fine lees for almost 6 months with regular batonnage.
Pale and bright color with green hints. Very aromatic nose on white orchard fruits (pear and peach) and lime notes. The mouth is fruity, showing a fine balance between richness and freshness, remains generous, round, without being heavy or alcoholic. It’s a well-balanced wine, fine and elegant.
James Suckling 90/100
Châteauneuf du Pape
One of the oldest and largest estate of Châteauneuf du Pape extending over 90 ha (220 acres) around the castle. The vineyard of Château La Nerthe was born in the XIVth century when vine culture spread over the area. Château La Nerthe, based on the work of Commander Joseph Ducos who was the owner of the estate after the phylloxera crisis, is at the root of the Châteauneuf du Pape vineyard as we know it. Baron Leroy de Boiseaumarié, from that experience, established in 1936 the first French ‘Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée’ in Châteauneuf du Pape. The wine is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault and ages for 12 months in oak barrels.
This deep red Châteauneuf du Pape is very aromatic. At the very beginning, the nose is very red fruit driven and then, after a couple of minutes, it becomes more spicy (sweet Asian spices and pot pourri). The mouth is full of energy, very juicy. Lots of garrigue characters, herbal notes but still very fleshy. The palate is soft and dense bringing an intense sappy finish.
100/100 James Suckling
98/100 Robert Parker