Our eight red grape varieties
Red Grenache : This grape variety is a vigorous plant that prevails in Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyards, covering 60% of the planted surface. Grown up to the Vaucluse district where it meets its northernmost boundary, red Grenache reveals its full potential in a full-bodied, lightly coloured and flavourful wine, with notes of kirsch, plum and blackcurrant.
Mourvèdre : A late-maturing grape variety that is drought sensitive, it brings in specific aromas to the wine during aging. It makes quality wines and brings in a deep colour and tannins that will make the wine able to mature well.
Syrah : This grape variety is well represented in the Castelpapal vineyard. Beyond its great aromatic richness, this grape variety brings in colour and rounded tannins. Blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, it produces a wine with a truffle aroma.
Cinsault : This grape variety, used as both a wine and table grape, tends to be neglected in this terroir as it has little tannin and colour. However, it brings elegance, fruit and finesse to the wine.
Muscardin : Originally from the Vaucluse district in Provence, it is only used in blends with other grape varieties. It endows wine with floral fragrances and freshness.
Counoise : Originally from Spain, it was offered to Urban V – then Pope in Avignon – by a vice-legate named Counesa. This grape variety is only used in blends and brings in finesse, flexibility and fruit flavours. These wines with a deep and shiny colour give off aromas of spices, plum and blackberry.
Terret noir : Often blended with Grenache and Syrah, the power of this grape variety tempers and produces a mildly coloured and light wine, but with a pleasant bouquet carried by a balanced acidity.
Vaccarèse : Originally from Lower Provence, this grape variety produces a flowery, light and mildly coloured wine that is cool and elegant. Used in a blend it moderates the hot ‘temper’ of Grenache.