Deep crimson color with ripe, dark berries and spices. A rich and complex wine with a harmonious finish.
Wine Spectator 91 points - Lush and gorgeously ripe, with a beam of linzer torte and cassis coursing along, lined with blood orange, singed apple wood and bergamot notes. Best from 2014 through 2024.—J.M. (Sep 4 2013)
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Domaine du Vieux Lazaret is a 250 acre estate in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Modern winemaking techniques coupled with rigorous selection produces harmonious, ready to drink, generous fruit forward wines. The Domaine’s owner, Jerome Quiot, has led many professional organizations in the wine business and he and his family continue to champion terroir driven, quality wines that represent excellent value and have broad appeal.
A blend of 13 Rhone varieties, but predominately Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault. The 35+ year old vines are planted on soils with rolled pebbles, stony terraces with sand and gravel subsoils and clay soils formed from the limestone mother rock. Destemmed and fermented for 2-3 weeks in concrete vats with twice daily pump overs. The wine aged for 18 months in cement vats and foudres.
The vineyards of Domaine du Vieux Lazaret are spread over 90 hectares, split into 35 different parcels of vines throughout Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It is today amongst the largest domains in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, with 80 hectares planted in red grape varieties and 10 planted with white grapes. The number of parcels enables the Domaine du Vieux Lazaret to give greater complexity to its wines due to the diversity of soils, grape types and differing ages of vines.
The red grapes varieties consists of 10 different grapes permitted in A.O.C. Châteauneuf-du-Pape with the dominant varieties being Grenache (70%), Syrah (15%), Mourvèdre and Cinsault. Domaine du Vieux Lazaret owns a parcel where all the grapes allowed are present. The white varieties used for Domaine du Vieux Lazaret are Grenache Blanc (50%), Clairette (25%), Bourboulenc (20%) and Roussanne (5%). Vines are planted with a maximum of 4 000 per hectare. The average is about 40 years, but two parcels have been planted more than 90 years ago.
The vines are planted on three different type of soil :
The "galets" which are large, heavy rounded stones traditionally found in Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyards.
Quartz rock, witch retains the heat of the sun during the days to continue to warm the vines during the night.
The underlying soil composed of layers of clay, small stones, sand, gravel and chalk / limestone rock.
The viticultural practices are strictly controlled and follow those traditions practiced for many generations.
The pruning is only done by those vineyard workers who are extremely experienced, and follow the strict rules of the appellation, with some vines trained on wires and others trained low on the ground.
The soil in the vineyard is regularly worked to allow proper aeration, with regular application of compost, and other treatments to maintain the best organic level and condition of the soil.
Harvesting of the grapes is done entirely by hand, with very strict selection of the best grapes to enhance the quality of the Domaine du Vieux Lazaret wine. This limits the maximum production, under the A.O.C laws, to 35 hectoliters per hectare.