We first tasted Château La Nerthe at Millésime Bio in the South of France. Then delightfully again, at Phillipe in Houston, Texas at Hospice du Rhone in Paso Robles, California and once again at L’Olivier in Houston.
It never fails to disappoint. Like nearly all Châteauneuf-du-Pape, it’s dusty and austere in younger vintages. The wine needs time to languish in the bottle, for nature and good cellaring to take its course and turn the dominatrix into the purring lioness. The same is true for the 2007.
Tart, yet juicy raspberry and blackberry with a touch of mint, a little leather, some butterscotch and smoke rise up from the glass to swirl in your senses before you ever raise your lips to the glass. Then tangy raspberry, figs, plums and more butterscotch meld with strawberries. Ash from the morning after a campfire, still smoldering with tiny embers that hang on, and on.