Domaine du Père Pape
Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC, Rhone Valley, France
A smoother, younger style of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Beginning with aromas of fresh raspberries and dark cherries coming together with herbs, liquorice, chocolate and spices.
Père Pape is primarily a product of the appellation's southern terroirs at Grand Coulet. It has been aged for 18 months in barrels. Grenache is the dominant grape and an unusually large 20% of Syrah.
- Rhone Valley
- Grenache, Syrah
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Vignobles Mayard is an outstanding property in the Rhône’s most renowned appellation, Châteauneuf-du-Pape. On our last trip to her family winery, Françoise Mayard told us how Vignobles Mayard may never have existed, were it not for her great-grandfather’s love for his ancestral vineyards.
Following the phylloxera epidemic that decimated the French wine industry in the late 1800s, many vignerons emigrated to the New World. Gratien Mayard, Françoise’s great-grandfather, was set to follow them. Gratien was about to step onto a US-bound ship in 1923 when he finally succumbed to the pull of his home and stayed to work the land. He painstakingly replanted the vineyards, vine by vine, and began making wine under the new Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation.
The history of Vignobles Mayard perhaps explains the decision to rid of chemicals in the vineyards and to use more environmentally friendly, labour-intensive methods. Careful attention is paid to the vines throughout the year with de-budding and green harvesting essential. Respect is paid to the different climates throughout Châteauneuf-du-Pape with each of their 40 parcels of land vinified separately.
Today Françoise maintains her family’s reputation for hard work and excellent wine, always bearing in mind the sacrifice of previous generations.
*Biodynamic certified and Organic methods.
"Medium to full bodied. Ripe and juicy with no hard edges...long and vigorous. Plenty to enjoy here."
The vineyard covers 43 hectares of vines that include two large plots: a 21-hectare area situated south of the Châteauneuf du Pape appellation, at Grand Coulet, and an 8-hectare area located to the east, on the famous Crau plateau. The entire estate cover