Domaine Duclaux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red 2013, Rhone Valley, France

The Duclaux Family is one of the oldest in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. This family built up its domaine through the centuries and was one of the first founding members of the appellation association in 1904. The Quiot family, vineyard owners in Châteauneuf-du-Pape for over 2 centuries, has worked with Domaine Duclaux since 1987. Terroir: Soils mainly made up of river sand and rolled pebbles. Terroirs containing alluvial soils, sand and stones in the lower vineyards and clay-limestone soil on the slopes. Winemaking: The grapes are partially de-stemmed and the varieties are pre-blended in concrete vats for 3-4 weeks. Vat-matured for around 24 months, part of which is spent in oak barrels. Vintage 2013 – 67% Grenache, 22% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre and 6% other. It is full of fruit and spicy flavors and is ready for immediate consumption.