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Chateauneuf du Pape Cuveé Vieilles Vignes, 1998, Domaine de La Charbonniere, France

1998 Chateauneuf du Pape from a great producer this is a fantastic experience! Domaine de la Charbonnière was bought by Eugène Maret in 1912 to please his wife (what a nice present), their son, inherited a part of the estate and enlarged it. Today, Michel Maret and his two daughters Caroline and Véronique have: 19 hectares 50 spread out on Châteauneuf du Pape appellation; Nearly 6 hectares of AOP Vacqueyras and 2 hectares of AOP Côtes du Rhône. Under the benevolent eye of their parents, the 4th generation dedicates themselves. In respect of family traditions, they continue the work of plot selection set up by their father, of reasoned and sustainable culture to produce complex and elegant wines. All wines are vinified and aged by Véronique; even if her father is still around during the season. Each vintage is unique because soils and climate conditions determine wines’ character.
Here is what the critics say:
“One of my favourite estates in the southern Rhone, Domaine de la Charbonnière is run with great passion and enthusiasm One of their most under-valued and under-rated wines is their sensational Vacqueyras. They consistently produce four cuvees of Châteauneuf du Pape that are traditionally made.” Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
« A fantastic estate, Domaine de la Charbonnière is run by the Maret family, with the two daughters, Caroline and Veronique, taking more and more responsibility. The wines are made by Veronique and the estate produces five, sometimes six (including the white) Châteauneuf-du-Pape, a solid Vacqueyras, and a Cotes du Rhone. For the most part, the wines are traditional in style and age gracefully.” Jeb Dunnuck
"Domaine de la Charbonnière may not be one of the big-name labels in Châteauneuf, but don't let that stop you. As a seamless transition from father to daughter takes place, the house style remains very much in place, while prices for the wines are more than fair for the quality level." James Molesworth, Wine Spectator
« Thanks to a judicious selection of terroirs, the estate produces various very typical cuvées. » Bettane & Desseauve
«In constant progress for a few vintages, the Charbonnière constitutes a serious and regular winery of Châteauneuf du Pape. Thanks to beautiful terroirs located on the Crau and Brusquières plateau, the Maret family produces fairly typical and classic wines from the appellation, available in several cuvées.» Guide des meilleurs vins de France - RVF
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