This 100% Grenache, bottled only in the very best years, is the fruit of our oldest vines, often over a hundred years old. This cuvée benefits from long ageing in large wooden vats called “foudres” to reveal all the quintessence of the Grenache.
Situated on the medium-height terraces of Châteauneuf du Pape. Clay-limestone soil covered with rounded pebbles (sometimes several metres deep!). The climate is Mediterranean with two dry seasons (one in winter and a longer one in summer) and two rainy seasons (heavy some years in autumn and lighter in spring). Finally, the presence of the Mistral wind throughout the year is a real advantage for the healthy growth of the vines.
Manual harvesting with strict sorting on the vines and in the cellar. Partially-destemmed grapes with incorporation of whole bunches, fermentation in temperature-controlled concrete vat, extraction mastered by successive pump-overs and punch-downs. Final hot maceration for 2-3 weeks. Malolactic fermentation in vat then ageing in large wooden vats called “foudres”.
This exceptional cuvée is made from a selection of ancient Grenache vines. The winemaking, thanks to the use of stems and gentle extraction, reflects the noble aspect of our work: a preserved and explosive bouquet with gentle and feminine aromas (floral notes of rose, small seeded fruits), and finishing on a suave and caressing sensation on the palate. Cardinalice is an airy, composition wine, full of fragrance, astonishing by its finesse and elegance.
This wine to lay down is the perfect companion to braised meats and game dishes in sauce.
We recommend serving it at 18°C.