Description/ Tasting NotesThe 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape is a seductive, red fruited blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 8% Mourvèdre and 5% Cinsault (plus bits of Counoise and Muscardin) that's already dangerously drinkable. Garrigue scents accent raspberry fruit in this full-bodied but silky wine that ends on crisp notes of orange zest. Juicy and youthfully compact, with a ball of cherry and plum compote flavors wrapped in red licorice accents. Light anise, mesquite and tea notes score the finish, which stays silky and fresh in feel.
Winery Info/ Brand
The founder of the Mousset "empire" was Louis Mousset, who bought Chateau des Fines Roches and made it the centre of his wide spread activities. Chateau Du Bois De La Garde, is also owned by the Mousset along with several other vineyards and domains. The vineyards of Chateau des Finesh Roches cover 53 ha. of Chateauneuf du Pape of which 48 ha. are with red varieties. In 2003 a property of 5,5 ha, Jas de Bressy, was purchased from the Trintignant family. From here a Chateauneuf du Pape quite different from Fines Roches is made. In AOC Cotes du Rhone and Cotes du Rhone Villages Vignobles Mousset-Barrot owns Chateau du Bois de la Garde with 63 ha. From here only red and rosé wines are produced. The wines are made in a very big cellar (built in the 1970'ties), situated at Route de Bedarrides (when you turn off to Fines Roches). Here wines are made from 7 different estates belonging to members of the Mousset family. When you walk along the tanks you see the producers' names on them. It's a kind of family co-operative. The wines from each estate are made quite seperately.
Region Info/ Origin
Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the largest and most important wine appellation in the southern Rhône. It is home to more than 3,200 hectares of vineyards and with over 80 growers, more wine can be produced in Châteauneuf than the whole of the northern Rhône put together.