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Domaine La Célestière Chateauneuf-du-Pape ‘Tradition’ 2010     So. Rhone; France     Regular $49.99     Now $36.99

92 Pts Robert Parker / 90 Pts Stephen Tanzer / SAVE 26%

Châteauneuf-du-Papes are among the most natural expressions of grapes, place and vintage. Their vineyards are farmed organically and/or biodynamically, and with the region's abundant sunshine and frequent winds (called le mistral), preclude the need for herbicides or pesticides. The wines themselves are just as equally pure, their flavors rarely masked by aging in new oak.

At the heart of the prestigious appellation, La Célestière winery (formerly known as La Glaciere), with vineyards located on several terroirs around the ancient French CDP village, is at the forefront of winemaking combining modern technology with old world half-barrels, tanks and concrete vats. The 2010 vintage marks the second production under the new British owners, who appear to be going from strength to strength as their 2010’s were some of the finest wines of the vintage!

Noel Joyce (pictured in blue shirt with winemaker, Arnaud Ferrier) is an English who married a Parisian woman, Béatrice, where the couple lived for many years. She worked as a lawyer and Neil made a fortune by working with soap dispensers. Then, some years ago they decided to live another life – they wanted to make wines. At first they bought a very beautiful place in Provence before moving to the Chateauneuf-du-Pape . After they purchased the estate, extensive work and capital was required to modernize La Celestiere’s 10 hectares of 100 year old vineyards and wine making facilities. Today, in just a few short years, the domaine is now one of the most modern in the CDP!

60% old vine Grenache, 20% Mourvedre and 20% Cinsault. 900 cases produced.


“A blend of Grenache and the rest Mourvedre, Cinsault, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition exhibits a classic Provencal nose of roasted herbs, kirsch liqueur, lavender, forest floor and balsam wood. It is an impressively built, concentrated, deep ruby/purple-colored effort that should drink well for 10-15 years.” – 92 Pts. Robert Parker

“Bright purple. Aromas and flavors of black raspberry and blueberry with spice and floral notes adding complexity. Juicy and focused, with very good finishing clarity and lingering floral and spice cake nuances. Tannins came up with aeration but weren't a match for this wine's energetic fruit.” – 90 Pts. Stephen Tanzer (Jan/Feb 2013).

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