Our Les Hauts-lieux bottling is the most unique and different of our 3 offerings in this release. Sourced from our highest, northern-facing parcels, the wine is a blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre (co-planted with the Grenache), 10% Cinsault and 5% Counoise. Where our ‘les Trois Sources’ parcels are full of more sandy soils, the soil here is dominated by galets, the large, oval-shaped stones that are synonymous with Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The combination of high altitude, northern vineyard exposure and well-draining soil allow slow, even ripening for beautifully balanced fruit and structured tannins at harvest. Aged for a full year in large wooden foudres before bottling, this is a wine built for long aging that will continue to develop in the cellar.
96+ points, Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape Les Hauts-Lieux comes from the slightly higher elevation sites and includes more Mourvèdre than the Les Trois Source release. It’s pure, full-bodied, and incredibly structured, with a tight, backward style that’s going to benefit from bottle age. Showing a distinct salty minerality as well as loads of black and blue fruits, it reminds me of the 2015 yet with more elegance. Hide bottles for 4-5 years and enjoy over the following two decades."