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A Chateauneuf-du-Pape producer eager to show you what his grapes can do. He rejects using barriques, preferring make more terroir driven wines over technically efficiently methods. Half the estate's vines are 45 years old, the rest are anywhere from 95 to 110 years old. Not everyday you find an organic, unsulfured Chateauneuf-du-Pape, especially in the sub-$50 range. A real gem.
From the mouth of the importer (Weygandt-Metlzer):
"All Philippe’s Chateauneuf parcels are at the north edge of the appellation. This Chateauneuf-du-Pape comes from half vines of 45 years old from the La Gardiale and Cabrieres vineyards, and the other half from vines planted in 1904, 1910 and 1920 in the La Guariguette and Les Jaumes vineyards. Harvested by hand, selection on the sorting table with de-stemming done more or less depending on the vintage. No acidification, no sulfites. Aged in concrete tanks and stainless steel tanks. A suitable racking after malo and then the wine is deprived of air to prevent oxidation and the use of sulfites."