Les Combes d’Arnevel “Arnayes” Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2015, Rhone Valley, France

This excellent estate, owned by the Quiot family since 1864, is planted with 55% Grenache, 25% Cinsault and 20% Syrah on a very distinctive terroir of chalky white stones. 25 uninterrupted hectares of vineyards around an ancient little hunting shelter lost in the middle of trees, 4 km from Chateauneuf du Pape village. The Famille Quiot is the unique owner of this plot “les Combes d’Arnevels” located in the north-west of the appellation. The plots are located on stony terraces, very-well exposed to Mistral Wind, which improves the sanitary quality of the grape. Tasting notes: Deep crimson. Ripe dark berries, turning to spices. Smooth and persistent with aromatic fullness. Terroir: Wide variety of soils types, with predominantly sandy, chalky soil and deeper beds of clay and silt. This allows adequate drainage of rainfall and ensures the vines are able to produce the best possible quality. Winemaking: Virtually total de-stemming, pumping over twice a day .Vatting time: 2 to 3 weeks in concrete vats. Matured for 18 months in vats and “foudres” (15%). Grape varieties: Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah.