Chateauneuf du pape

La Fanciulla del West

Product sheet

Appellation AOP Côtes du Rhône : The Chateauneuf-du-Pape wine region is undeniably the most recognisable appellation in the Rhône Valley of France, the second largest producer in the country known as the spiritual home of France.

Climate : The rocks are famous for retaining the heat from the plentiful sun, some 2800 hours a year, releasing it at night, ripening the grapes faster than in the eastern part of the appellation, where the soil is mostly sand, or the south, where the soil is grittier. The powerful mistral wind carries away the moisture, intensifying the dry climate.

Grape varieties : Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Mourvèdre

Alcohol content : 14.5%

Soil : The characteristic terroir of Châteauneuf-du-Pape comes from a layer of stones called galets (“pebbles”). The stone retains heat during the day and releases it at night which can have an effect of hastening the ripening of grapes. The stones can also serve as a protective layer to help retain moisture in the soil during the dry summer months.

Harvest : 100% harvested and sorted by hand. The grapes are hand-harvested to the optimal maturity using small cases to avoid crushing.

Vinification : The grapes are destemmed and fermented in inox vats. 30 days of maceration with temperature control. The alcoholic fermentation temperature is controlled at around 25°C to preserve as much varietal aroma as possible. Gentle pumping over operations are carried out on a daily basis to delicately extract aromatic substances, colouring matter and tannins.

Ageing : French oak barrels


Colour: Deep purple

Nose: Blackcurrant, ripe dark berries, cherry liqueur and hints of garrigue

Palate: Voluptuous black currant and cherry flavours show excellent clarity, followed by notes of dried herbs from the garrigue scrubland. Impressively long finish repeats the floral and dark fruit notes with sleek tannins.

Recommended food pairing : Ideal with brochette of veal with sage. Italian dishes such as lasagne, bolognaise…

Recommended Musical pairing : opera ‘La Fanciulla’ del West by Giacomo Puccini

Serving temperature : 16-18°C.

Sommelier’s recommendation: Best decanted 10-15min before drinking

Ageing potential : The best vintages will age for 15 years and more


Musical appetizer

Our pioneering ‘Musical Appetizer’ created to harmonise music and wine has shown great interest, including being featured on French television.

The ‘musical appetizer’ is a small catalogue that is placed over on the neck of the bottle. On this catalogue, along with photos and information on the winery, there is a QR code that can be scanned by any smart phone. This will link the individual to youtube, to listen to the music of the opera that the wine is named after. The aria is sung by Alexandre Marcelli-Audier himself (owner of Chateau Juliette). Each of Chateau Juliette’s wines have a specific opera name that are paired with their own music. Clients can watch the winery’s video on their phones whilst listening to the music and tasting the wines!!

Wine with music for your enjoyment … anytime, anywhere!