Complex bouquet evokes ripe red and dark berries, violet and musky herbs. Becomes more floral with air and shows very good intensity to the raspberry and cherry compote flavors. The floral quality comes back on the finish, which clings with impressive tenacity and lingering sappiness.
Patrick Lesec is a negociant specializing in wines of the Rhone Valley. His portfolio includes numerous wines from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Cotes du Rhone and Vacqueyras. Though the blends and sources vary from vintage to vintage, Robert M. Parker Jr. has been highly complimentary. “Patrick Lesec has an impressive, wide-ranging negociant portfolio of Rhone wines, with his strengths being his Cotes du Rhone, Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Chateauneuf-du-Pape selections….Lesec has a talent for securing high-quality wine and treating it carefully, with minimal manipulation.”
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the appellation, is a large area of nearly 8,000 vineyard acres centered around the picturesque town of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Located in southeastern France just north of the Avignon hills, the name of the appellation means “new castle of the pope” and it is a reference to the 14th century, when the Popes of Avignon built summer homes in the Southern Rhone Valley. Today the appellation is one of the most renowned in France and its terroir is known for layers of small pebbles, called “galets.” The stones in the soil are thought to help store heat and keep the soil warm, which helps ripen the grapes. The stones also help keep the soil from drying out in hot summer months. In 1923 Châteauneuf-du-Pape was a leader in establishing the idea that AOC wines in France should be made only with specified grapes, and the appellation allowed 13 grape varieties to be used. Since then the rules have been slightly modified to include several more allowable grapes. Red and white wines are produced, though in practice about 97% of all Châteauneuf –du-Papes are reds made with a blend of Grenache Noir, Cinsault, Counoise, Mourvedre, Muscardine, Syrah and Vaccarese. The red wines of this appellation are prized for being big, rich, spicy and full-bodied. White wines of the appellation are made with Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Roussanne, Picpoul and Picardin. Whites are floral, fruity and relatively full-bodied.