Since 1967, Cellier des Dauphins is a union of traditional small houses. Centuries before, its original land belonged to the Dauphiné, territory then given in appanage (a provision made for the maintenance of young children of kings and princes) to the Dauphin of France. For over fifty years it is recognised and praised for reliable good-value wines and is a mark of confidence approved by an audience appreciating its originality and constancy.
With vineyards that stretches over more than 1,000 hectares certified in Organic Farming, Cellier des Dauphins is an committed practitioner of organic farming in the Rhone Valley. Each vintage is tailor-made thanks to a strict selection of parcels and a demanding specification, giving an elegant wine collection, rich in organoleptic richness.
Chateauneuf du Pape is a village overlooked by a chateau builty by Pope John XII, the second pope in Avignon. The AOC terroir has three soil types. At the base, very pure white chalky deposits are sedimented by sand then red clay. Then the Rhone River built pebbles by agglomerating quartzite and silica from the Alps that we call rolled pebbles.
The grapes are hand-harvested at optimum ripeness. After complete destemming, traditional vinification takes between 15 and 20 days with regular pumping over. Maturing in concrete or stainless-steel vats. Fermentation between 20 - 30 days with control of temperature and daily pumping over. Approximately 15 month maturation partly in concrete vats and partly in wood vats.
Elegant with tannins that are perfect for ageing. Young, they are fleshy, soft and generous, turning towards fruit and spice notes, particularly scrubland and evolving towards notes of leather and orchard fruits.
Located in the Vallee du Rhone, La Chapelle de Pied Vaurias is close to Valreas and a classic example of Provencal Romanesque architecture.
The grapes are hand-harvested at optimum ripeness. After complete destemming, traditional vinification takes between 15 and 20 days interspersed with regular pumping over. The wine is matured in concrete or stainless-steel vats. It is bottled without fining but with tangential filtration.
A very brilliant red with violet glints. Typical regional berries on the nose with distinct aromas of blackcurrant and raspberry. A rounded, well-balanced wine with quite a long, fruity finish. Soft body without excess tannins.
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