Domaine Mathieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2009

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Domaine Mathieu has been family-run since the 17th century. In fact, until 1980, a concrete tank could be found in the family's kitchen, and every harvest season the kitchen had to be vacate... Read more
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Country France
Region Vallee du Rhone
Type Red Wine
Varietal Blend

Domaine Mathieu has been family-run since the 17th century. In fact, until 1980, a concrete tank could be found in the family's kitchen, and every harvest season the kitchen had to be vacated to facilitate the production. The Mathieu brothers, Andre and Jerome, now manage the property which consists of 49.4 acres classified as Chateauneuf-du-Pape and over 9 acres as Cote du Rhone. Theirs is a traditional winemaking mantra learned from the generations before and utilizing all thirteen grapes authorized by the AOC. They prefer a truly spontaneous fermentation, so temperatures are not regulated. Andre Mathieu insists that they want minimum oxygenation during fermentation and no taste of oak; their 100-year old foudres ("giant casks") have helped immensely in this goal. These wines are ripe, powerful, and sumptuous. This wine is made from vines of about 65 years old and aged in foudres for 8-12 months.

Grenache, Mourvedre, and a smaller percentage of a blend from the other eleven permissible varietals in the AOC. Domaine Mathieu has been family-run since the 17th century. In fact, until 1980, a concrete tank could be found in the family's kitchen, and every harvest season the kitchen had to be vacated to facilitate the production. The Mathieu brothers, Andre and Jerome, now manage the property which consists of 49.4 acres classified as Chateauneuf-du-Pape and over 9 acres as Cote du Rhone. Theirs is a traditional winemaking mantra learned from the generations before and utilizing all thirteen grapes authorized by the AOC. They prefer a truly spontaneous fermentation, so temperatures are not regulated. Andre Mathieu insists that they want minimum oxygenation during fermentation and no taste of oak; their 100-year old foudres ("giant casks") have helped immensely in this goal. These wines are ripe, powerful, and sumptuous. This wine is made from vines of about 65 years old and aged in foudres for 8-12 months.

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