Châteauneuf du Pape ‘Crau de ma Mère’ Françoise Rounieux 2016
Françoise Roumieux and her sister Béatrice run this 43 hectares estate together with their brother Didier Mayard producing three separate Châteauneuf du Pape cuvées. Both the cuvée ‘Père Pape’ and ‘Clos du Calvaire’ offerings are traditionally made wines from 40 to 50 year-old vines and are aged in neutral 600 litre oak foudres and cement tanks. The ‘Crau de ma Mère is a small cuvée made with 100 year old vines and is only available in limited allocations.
Highly fragrant, spice-accented aromas of ripe fruits, incense and lavender are sharpened by a spicy white pepper note. Fleshy and broad but energetic as well, offering cherry liqueur, black raspberry, spicecake and floral pastille flavors that tighten up steadily with air. Finishes smooth, broad and long, with supple tannins framing lingering red fruit and floral notes.
Grapes: 80% old vine Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre