Bel Ami

Châteauneuf du Pape

Grape Composition

50% Grenache 50%, Syrah

Vinification

Traditional, in concrete vat, stainless steel tank and wood vat

Destemmed or not

60% to 100% stems removed

Fermentation

20 to 30 days fermentation and maceration

Yeast

Natural

Vineyard

Croix du Bois

Aging

30% pyramid shaped concrete vats, 30% wooden vats, 30% stainless steel, 10% demi muids (600L) barrels

Soil Composition

Round pebbles on the surface, sand, clay and limestone soil

Exposition

South East facing

Vine Age

50 to 90 years old

Density

2500 vines per HA

Harvest type

Hand Picked (A.O.C Obligation)

Malolactic – yes/no

Yes

Residual sugar

Less than 2 grams per litre

Alcohol percentage

14.5%

Tasting notes

Soft round tannins, a very elegant wine. Red and black fruit bouquet, (cherries, blackberries), hints of garrigues, christmas cake and peppery spice. A fine wine. This wine will open up beautifully if decantered at least 1 hour before serving

Food pairing

Provencal Daub, Coq au Vin, Magret de Canard (Duck), charcuterie such as parma ham, spicy sausage and a selection of cheeses, such as comté and beaufort

Cellaring

10 to 15 years

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