Châteauneuf-du-Pape Pierre André 2010


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This is a reliable producer of textbook Châteauneuf-du-Pape . The red wines, made from Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, and a tiny percentage of Cinsault and other miscellaneous varietals, are full-bodied, alcoholic, big, classic Châteauneuf-du-Pape that drink surprisingly well young, no doubt because of the tendency to bottle the wine 18-20 months after the harvest. Pierre André, a diminutive, enthusiastic, youthful man approaching 70 years of age, is competently assisted by his daughter, Jacqueline. Like many properties in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, this estate is morsellated, and the soils vary from lighter, sandy/clay soil, to more limestone in the higher parts of the appellation in the direction of André’s cellars in Courthézon. Everything is traditional, from a resistance to destemming, to bottling the wine with only a light egg white fining, and no filtration. Readers looking for typical, delicious, full-bodied, flavourful Châteauneuf-du-Pape should remember Pierre André as one of the appellation’s more consistent and satisfying producers.” Wines of the Rhône Valley. This is good, old school Châteauneuf that needs some time in the cellar to blossom.


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