Gerard Charvin and his son, Laurent, represent the quintessence of the small domaine/father and son team. They have only 8 ha. of Chateauneuf du Pape, and half of that they sell off to negociants, keeping only the best lots for the Chateauneuf of Domaine Charvin. What goes into their Chateauneuf is about 82% Grenache and the rest Mourvedre, Syrah, and Vaccarese from their vines averaging about 50 years of age (the oldest being 70 years). Together they combine the experience and patience of Gerard with the wine making brilliance of Laurent, now regarded as one of the top wine-makers in the appellation by Guy Julien, famous owner of the restaurant Beaugraviere in Mondragon and assembler of its unequalled Rhone list.
2012 CHARVIN COTES DU RHONE ROSE
The grapes that produce the rose are the same as in their regular bottling. The then separate the grapes after a full day of maceration from the Red Cotes du Rhone, thereby producing a rose that is rich and full in body, but light in color.>p>" Dry, firm, and fairly full bodied with strawberry, red currant and anis flavors. Finishes clean and crisp with hints of spice.