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2013 Saint Theodoric La Guigasse Chateauneuf Du Pape

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$59.99

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Rating
93 Pts Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media

Color
Red

Size
750 mL

ABV
14.0%

Closure Type
Cork

Vintage
2013

Varietal(s)
Grenache / Garnacha


Organic

BioDynamic

Collectable

Kosher

Sparkling

Dessert


Taste

black currant, blackberry, dust and leather

Nose

vanilla, toast, smoke, tobacco, dark fruit and red fruit

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Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media:

"Brilliant red. Assertive red and dark berry scents are complicated by suggestions of candied flowers, spicecake and smoky minerals. Concentrated yet lithe and graceful, offering juicy black raspberry and cherry liqueur flavors that fan out steadily on the back half. Impressively balanced and pure, featuring outstanding closing energy, building sweetness and late-arriving, harmonious tannins."

Product Description:

"Chapelle St. Theodoric is a project between winemaker Baptiste Grangeon and Peter Weygandt. There are two parcels; one in the lieu-dit La Guigasse, which is a pure sand soil and where the vines (all Grenache) range in age of from 50 to 100 year; and the other parcel at the top of Pignan, literally adjoining the vines of Chateau Rayas, also in pure sand and also pure, old vines Grenache. The vinification is traditional, that is to say, whole-cluster, such as employed by Jacques Reynaud at Chateau Rayas, Laurent Charvin, Henri Bonneau. The two parcels are vinified and aged and bottled separately, but with the exact same treatment, the experiment being to find what terroir differences one might find in pure sand, between vines less than 200 meters apart, both on sand, pure Grenache and traditional vinification. The result has been a most exciting and successful experiment: The difference between the wines from these two parcels is clear and distinct. La Guigasse is the slightly richer of the two. The Grand Pin, perhaps because the sand is nearly pure white, perhaps the higher elevation or due to some other factor we have not yet determined, makes a wine that is lower in alcohol, more perfumed and finer. In the 2014 vintage, it was decided to put all of the La Guigasse and some of the Grand Pin into the Les Sablons, because of the more forward style of 2014." -Importer

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