Usually Clairette and Bourbelenc
“Charvin may indeed produce the Richebourg of Chateauneuf du Pape.” - Robert Parker. Laurent Charvin runs this small family estate located in the north of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. The domaine has vineyard holdings of just 8 hectares in Chateauneuf-du-Pape and 13 hectares in Cotes du Rhone. The average age of the vineyards is over 50 years old with the oldest being nearly 80 years of age. Laurent Charvin describes his vineyard site as being ‘cool’ for Chateauneuf as their vines are mostly planted on sandy north facing slopes.
What The Critics Say
93/100 Vinous, Josh Raynolds (2017 vintage)
"Pale gold. Intense, mineral-accented Meyer lemon and pear scents show excellent clarity and are complemented by hints of fennel and iodine. Minerally and precise on the palate, offering impressively concentrated citrus and orchard fruit flavors and deeper suggestions of honeydew melon and sweet butter that emerge on the back half. Shows real energy and finishes minerally and very long, with a suave floral nuance hanging on." Drink 2022 - 2029
91/100 Jeb Dunnuck (2016 vintage)
"White wine. Southern Rhône, France. 90% Clairette Rose, 10% Bourboulenc. Organic. "The first vintage of this cuvée and based largely on Clairette Rose (there’s 10% Bourboulenc), the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc from Laurent is undeniably outstanding and offers terrific notes of green herbs, lots of minerality and ample citrus and pear fruit in its medium-bodied, elegant personality. It’s well worth checking out and I suspect will have a graceful evolution over the coming decade." — 91 points, Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com (Oct. 2017)"
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