I love the concept of tasting Chateauneufs from distinct terroirs. I guess it is what Burgundy is all about and why we love it so much. To see the effect on Chateauneuf-du-Pape is equally as interesting.
As most Chateauneufs are blends of both vineyards and grape varieties it is hard to get any idea what the effect of terroir is on the wine produced.
Ogier's "Expression de Terroir" Sets comprises four wines, all with the same blend of 65% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Mouvedre and 10% Cinsault, made from grapes grown on the four different soil types of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Vinification of all wines is the same; traditional with a long maceration, frequent pigeage and pumping over. The wines are aged for 12-14 months in large truncated oak vats.
Only the terroir varies!
The four terroirs are: Eclats Calcaires (limestone rock), Safres (marl), Gres Rouge (degraded red sandstone) and Galet Roules (rounded glacier pebbles). Line them up alongside each other to see what difference terroir makes in Chateauneuf.
We have assembled a Tasting Dozen comprising the 2009 and 2010 Expression de Terroir Sets of 4. We have discounted them 15% and to make up a dozen bottles we have thrown in 4 bottles of the Gold Medal Winning 2009 Cotes-du-Rhone Oratorio for free.
The result is you get $667.60 of wine for just $475.66 - a saving of $191.94. We have made up some more Packs but they won't last long.
To read tasting notes and order on line click here. All wines are in stock.