Carefully selected in the vineyard during a manual harvest. Each varietal was vinified separately to preserve the integrity of the flavors. A 15-day maceration on the lees took place in stainless steel vats at 30?C. The must was then transferred into concrete tanks to complete fermentation over 2 months. Malolactic fermentation occurred. The wine was blended and aged in large oak casks for 1-5 years. Rigorous selection and skillful blending of different vintages followed. Upon bottling, the wine's average age is 3.5 years.
In 1954, the Brottes launched their famous non-vintage Chateauneuf du Pape La Fiole du Pape. To reiterate, the wine is sold in a misshapen bottle covered in phony dust. There are normally 3 or 4 vintages included in the blend and the current version includes the 2006 (about 30%), 2008 (about 10%), 2007 (about 10%) and the balance 2009. This is the best blend I have yet tasted of this cuvee. The wine reveals classic notes of garrigue, lavender, pepper, earth, sweet kirsch, roasted mushrooms and meat juices. Already drinking well, it should continue to provide pleasure over the next 5-8 years.