The Châteauneuf-du-Pape Elisabeth Chambellan is an elegant and full-bodied wine, with a beautiful ruby color. It is the product of a selection of old vines, of which certain are one hundred years old, yielding a wine of great quality. The aging in large oak barrels (which can last for more than 18 months), gives it a perfect balance between the body and the structured and concentrated tannins, with hints of redcurrants and strawberries and licorice on the finish, the ensemble being a wine which is both fine, silky and powerful.
Wine Advocate 91 points - The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Elisabeth Chambellan Vieilles Vignes is broader and more expansive with an almost addictive personality due to its charming, ripe kirsch and black currant fruit intertwined with notions of spice box, roasted herbs and forest floor. It is a full-bodied, supple, velvety-textured Chateauneuf du Pape that, like its sibling, begs to be consumed in its first 6-8 years of life. (Oct 2012)
As the mayor of the village of Chateauneuf du Pape, Jean Pierre Boisson has a particular interest and longstanding family tradition in winemaking and the region.
This wine is a blend of the 13 authorized grape varieties of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation, such as 60% Grenache noir, 25% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, 5% Cinsault and small quantities of Counoise, Muscardin, Vaccarèse, Terret noir and white varieties.
This cuvée is the product of the oldest vines of the vineyard. The wines are powerful and therefore need to be aged in large oak barrels for longer than the traditional cuvée. The wines require several years aging in bottle in order to open up and give the best of themselves.
|Wine maker notes
|For generations my family has been both wine growers and blacksmiths. My father Theophile Boisson was orphaned when he was only three years old, hence he was unable to train to as a blacksmith. Fortunately his mother helped foster a keen interest in grapes and wine, that led to him becoming a wine maker. The family nickname of "Caboche" derives from the old Provencal word for horseshoe nails, by which our estate is still known.
In 1652, our vineyard belonged to the Chambellan family. However, in 1777, Jean-Louis Boisson married Elisabeth Chambellan and thus became a vine-grower in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Within our property, some of the parcels have been in the family for several generations and certain years have seen vintages of remarkably high quality. We wanted to market these vintages in order to pay homage to she who allowed us to be vine-growers today on a property which has been passed down from father to son.