2012 Chateuneuf-du-Pape from the Rhone Valley
Chateau La Nerthe’s 2012 Cuvée des Cadettes is 37% Grenache, 39% Syrah, and 22% Mourvèdre. Born under the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation, the 2012 Cuvee des Cadettes boasts an intense, violet-tinted dark colour. The nose is already rich with surprisingly young notes of fermentation, mild spices, and dark cherry. The palate is marked by freshness and reveals really young flavours of fresh raisins overlapping dark fruit notes. The 2012 Cuvee des Cadettes is rich, complex, and full of promise. The discreet notes from maturation fade with the power of a wine with outstanding ageing potential.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Also slightly more mid-weight than I remember, yet still more than outstanding, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee des Cadettes (39% Syrah, 37% Grenache, 22% Mourvedre and the rest assorted varieties, aged in new French oak) has classy notes of cassis, toast, vanilla bean and roasted meats. Possessing fabulous purity, medium to full-bodied richness and moderate overall depth and concentration, it can be enjoyed anytime over the coming decade. While this needs more flesh, it should still evolve gracefully on its overall balance.