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M. Chapoutier, Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Bernardine

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About the Wine:
The aroma is complex but subtle with blackcurrant and plum layered with roasted coffee, cinnamon, and black cherry. The palate expresses spices, licorice and both dark and red fruits. It has an aging potential of 10 to 15 years. 
As its name implies, the history of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape commune and its wine are strongly tied to papal history. In 1308, Pope Clément V, archbishop of Bordeaux, moved the papacy to Avignon. Some years later, under the reign of Pope Jean XXII, the wines came to be known as “Wines of the Pope”. This term later became Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Jean XXII was responsible for the construction of the Château which is the symbol of the appellation.
About the Producer:
The history of this estate can be traced back to 1808, but in 1929, Marius created the M. Chapoutier winery at the base of the Hermitage hill. Chapoutier is one of the most well-known names in French wine. They have purchases vines across the globe and continue to expand the family operation.
Technical Info:
Vinous - 92/100
Wine Enthusiast - 95 /100
Soil: Quaternary period terraces with large, round pebbles, emanating from the former Rhône riverbed, on the surface. There are several terroirs in Châteauneuf-du-Pape composed of large, round pebbles.
Vinification: The Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation produces wines that are blends of different grape varieties. Traditional vinification is carried out in closed concrete tanks. The vatting period usually lasts for around 3 weeks, at high temperature to ensure the maximum extraction of color and tannins. 
Ageing: Ageing takes place in concrete tanks for 15 months to ensure good oxygenation of the wine, which preserves its freshness and aromas.