Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge Cuvée Tradition 2009 - Château de La Gardine

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This Châteauneuf-du-Pape is THE wine of the domain and has received a 91 mark from Robert Parker. It is a full-bodied red with a powerful nose of fresh black fruit, earth and sweet spices. Shows a powerful structure on the palate and a remarkable balance around fruit, tannins and body. Definitely a big wine which needs a bit of time to reveal itself fully, which is why we have chosen the 2009 vintage: it is already delicious.
 
Wine Characteristics Tasting and cellaring
Domain Château de La Gardine Eye Deep purple red
Vintage 2009 Nose  Black fruits, exotic spices, roasted coffee and cocoa beans
Appellation Châteauneuf-du-Pape Mouth Full-bodied and generous with silky and ample tannins
Area Rhône Valley   Long finish with delicate notes of spice
Colour Red Drink from Now
Grapes Grenache (65%) Mourvedre (15%) Drink before 2022
  Syrah (14%) Muscardin (10%) Open  1 hour before and decanted 
Type Dry Drinking temperature 17-18°C
       
Food pairing
This full-bodied red will need rich and tasty meat to reveal all its potential like game stew or grilled steak. For Italian and French cuisine, Osso Bucco and Cassoulet can also be a great match!
 
A word about the domain
Property of the Brunel family since 1945, the Château de la Gardine belongs to the greatest domains in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It is spread over 120 acres of continuous vineyard, which is pretty rare in the area. The quality of the classic Cuvée Tradition is incredibly consistent, which makes it a great buy at any time – fruity as it should, without being too heavy. They also produce smaller high-end Cuvées, made from specific parcels or with different winemaking techniques.
 
What experts say
About the domain:
Robert Parker: 4* (Excellent)
Bettane & Desseauve: 4* (High quality production)

About the wine:
Robert Parker: 91  (Wine Advocate #197 Oct 2011)
"The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition is a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre and the rest Syrah and Muscardin aged in tank and small oak. This estate believes in small oak barrels even though their style is clearly not atypical or modern. The extremely successful 2009 Tradition is performing better out of bottle than it did last year. Notes of damp earth, truffles, graphite, black currants, kirsch and roasted herbs are found in this dense, chocolaty, deep, full-bodied, generously endowed wine. It is ideal for drinking over the next 10-15 years."

Jancis Robinson: 16 (2 Jan 2014 by JR)
"Especially dark crimson. Very dry and briary with almost severe, almost bitter tannins. This is definitely for Hanni’s Tolerant phenotype and will need lots of time. These must have been pretty small grapes!"

Bettane & Desseauve: 15
"Colorful wine, generous, expressing notes of fresh black fruit, developing a delicious and tasty mouth, ample and nicely built."
 
And finally for the wine geeks…
Soil Rounded pebbles on clay and limestone subsoils  
Harvest Manual
Maturing Oak barrels and stainless steel vats
Ageing 9 to 14 months
Bottled At the domain
Alcohol 15%