2015 Chateau du Mourre du Tendre Chateauneuf du Pape Très Vieilles Vignes Cuvee Prestige
93 Points Jeb Dunnuck: Château Mourre du Tendre has three hectares of vines in Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the lieu-dits of La Crau, La Guigasse and Saintes-Vierges, all in sandy terroirs. Kirsch, leather, peppery herbs and dried herbs all emerge from the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Tres Vieilles Vignes Cuvée Prestige, which is medium to full-bodied, concentrated, yet surprisingly elegant and seamless on the palate. Classic, with tons of the garrigue and herbs of the region, it has terrific tannin quality, no hard edges, and a great finish. This cuvée is 90% Grenache and 10% Mourvèdre brought up in concrete and larger foudre for three years.
About This Wine
Château Mourre du Tendre tends 3ha of vines in Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the lieu-dits of Le Crau, La Guigasse and Saintes-Vierges – all sandy terroirs. While primarily Grenache, planted in 1929 and 1945, there is a small portion of Mourvedre that Jacques Paumel added in 1967 to compliment the final blend. Spending at least 3 years in concrete tanks and foudre before release, it perhaps answers the question, what would Roberto Conterno do if he owned a vineyard in Châteauneuf-du-Pape?
VARIETY: 90% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre
AGE OF VINES50: 90
SOIL: Sand, gravel
ALTITUDE: 70 – 100 meters
FERMENTATION: Whole cluster, semi-carbonic maceration and fermentation with indigenous yeasts, 35 day maceration
AGING: 30 months in tank then six months in bottle before release