AOP Châteauneuf du Pape Hauts des Coteaux red

AOP Châteauneuf du Pape Hauts des Coteaux red

Les Hauts des Côteaux is the top cuvée from Cellier des Princes which is produced only the best years. To make this cuvée, hillside plots are selected as well as most of the oldest vines.

Terroir
Top of the hillside vineyards and rounded pebbles mostly in Courthezon, and then in Bedarrides and Sorgues.
Grape varieties
Grenache 90%, Mourvèdre 5 %, Syrah 5 %
Winemaking
Careful pruning, de-budding, de-leafing and green harvest. Hand-picked at peak maturity and fast transportation in small containers to the winery to avoid juice release and oxydation. Destalking, 25 days fermentation and daily releases. Controlled fermentation at 28° to 30°C.
Ageing
The wine is matured for 12 months in oak barrel (1/3 new), then several months in bottles.
Tasting notes
Les Hauts des Coteaux is a wine issued from 60 years old vines located in our best hillsides with low yields (less than 30hl per hectare) to obtain maximum concentration. As the crop has been sorted out and picked at high maturity, the wine has a complex structure. Aged in barrels, it enhances aromas of vanilla, tasted notes and liquorice. The tannins are very smooth and silky and the long finish is spicy and elegant.
Tasting advices
To enjoy from now or can be kept from 6 to 10 years. Serve at 15°-17°C
Food pairings
It will match perfectly all kind of meat with sauce such as beef bourguignon, filets of venison with cranberry sauce, or refined cheeses.
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Awards

Vintage 2022 : 89-92pts Jeb Dunnuck ; Gold medal Terre de Vins
Vintage 2019 : 93 Pts Parker // 91 Pts Suckling // 90 Pts Vinous
Vintage 2017 : 93 Pts Wine Enthusiast, Gold Avignon, Gold Feminalise, Gold Macon
Vintage 2016 : 94 Pts Wine Enthusiast, Gold Pertuis, Gold Feminalise
Vintage 2015 : 91 Pts James Suckling, Gold Gilbert & Gaillard
Vintage 2013 : 91 Pts Vinous, Gold Avignon
Vintage 2012 : Gold Feminalise, Gold Berliner, Silver IWC & IWSC, 16 Pts Jancis Robinson