André Chateauneuf-du-Pape rouge 2013 (1.5L)


Jacqueline André is unusually passionate about her vines. She refers to one plot of grenache planted in 1877 as hergrandes dames; they were a gift from her grandfather, and today she treats them with extreme care and affection. The ancient rows are hardly straight, but the fruit they produce is of the highest quality.

The André domaine stopped using chemicals to treat their vines in 1963, and became the region’s first certified organic domaine in 1980. The best word to sum up André’s 2013 Châteauneuf-du-Pape rouge is refined. The nose is clear and very pure, showing intense red cherries, lavender, and pan drippings. The mouth is perfectly integrated with a smooth and fleshy mouthfeel, firm but pleasant tannins, and a long silky finish.

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