2013 Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Red) Rhone Valley
The exceptional 2013 Cuvee des Cadettes from Chateau La Nerthe is 42% Syrah, 37% Grenache, and 21% Mourvèdre. This 2013 vintage displays a dark garnet colour with a violet spark. To the nose, this Châteauneuf-du-Pape reveals black cherry liquor and toasted hints barely covering deep, fruitier notes of strawberry and balsamic. Complex, the bouquet is replaced by great power, density, and concentration. The 2013 Cuvee des Cadettes is think, velvety, and harmonious, with a very dense and aromatic palate. Hints of sandalwood, strawberry, cedar, and cherry flourish in a blend of spicy aromas. The 2013 Cuvee des Cadettes carries rich aromas and dense concentration that elegantly reveal all the power and balance of Château La Nerthe wines.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The top cuvée is the 2013 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée des Cadettes, and where the traditional cuvée sees a more classic vinification and élevage, this cuvée is brought up almost all in small barrels. It's another medium-bodied, nicely structured and fresh wine that offers notes of sweet oak, cassis, licorice, graphite and caramelized meats. Still backwards, tight and a touch narrow on the palate, it too needs 2-3 years of cellaring and will have 15 years of longevity.