Châteauneuf-du-Pape: Domaine du Père Caboche 'Elisabeth Chambellan' 2018

"The old vine cuvée, the 2018 Châteauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes Elisabeth Chambellan is 88% Grenache, 10% Syrah, and 2% Mourvèdre that comes mostly from more pebbly soils and is brought up in a mix of foudres, concrete, and stainless steel. It too has an old school, classic bouquet of peppery garrigue, orange blossom, dried flowers, and Provençal spices as well as a great core of both red and black fruits. Playing in the medium to full-bodied end of the spectrum, it offers terrific balance, plenty of mid-palate depth, and an outstanding finish. I like it today, but it will certainly evolve gracefully for 10-15 years.
Drink 2020-2035. 94/100."
Jeb Dunnuck -

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Tasting Notes

'Elisabeth Chambellan' is the senior, flagship cuvée - it hails from a parcel of 100 year-old vines grown on La Crau plateau. It is from an almost identical blend of grapes to 'Domaine du Père Caboche' principal bottling, but is denser and darker and more structured and age-worthy. It carries the house signature of lashings of ripe red fruit that makes it hard to resist drinking from the time of bottling.

About this wine
StyleRed Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling
Wine RegionRhône, Châteauneuf du Pape
Grape Variety (Cépage)Grenache Noir, Mourvèdre, Syrah
Food & Wine MatchingBeef, Pheasant and Game
CellarageDrink from 2020 to 2030.
VinificationThe grapes are hand harvested from 80-100 year-old vines and put in particularly shallow buckets to protect the fruit from being crushed prematurely. The grapes are then fermented in large thermo-regulated stainless steel vats for 21 days prior to being matured in traditional old wooden tonneau.
Alcohol By Volume (%)16

Domaine du Père Caboche (Jean-Pierre & Emilie Boisson)

Jean-Pierre Boisson, former long-serving mayor of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, runs Domaine du Père Caboche with his children Emily & Nicolas. Members of the Boisson family have been both winemakers and blacksmiths for generations. The family nickname of Caboche derives from the old Provençal word for 'horseshoe nails' and their Vieilles Vignes cuvée is named after Elisabeth Chambellan, a local blacksmith's daughter who married Jean-Louis Boisson in 1772.


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Châteauneuf du Pape: Domaine Père Caboche - Elisabeth Chambellan - Yapp Brothers One Minute Review

Emilie Boisson of Domaine du Père Caboche introduces the domaine's cuvée 'Elisabeth Chambellan', from vines that are over 100 years old.

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