2007 Château La Nerthe Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge

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.

Chateau la Nerthe Pasternak Imports brochureIt 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.

Pairings included steak and frites at Phillipe and Pork medallions and delicately layered potatoes at L’Olivier.



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A licensed attorney, Amy is a wine-lover, foodie, photographer, political junkie and award-winning author who writes about Wine, Food, Beer & Spirits. As Managing Editor & Tasting Director for Another Wine Blog, she travels all over the world's wine regions to share her experiences with her readers and legions of twitter, Instagram and Facebook friends and fans. Amy holds certifications through the International Sommelier Guild, and is also certified, with honors, as a California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS). She is a member of the Guild of Sommeliers, The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas and regularly attends Houston Sommelier Association events. Amy is also a contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books, and was most recently published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Gratitude.
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