Domaine Charvin

 

Domaine Charvin: Chateauneuf-du-Pape

“Charvin may indeed produce the Richebourg of Chateauneuf du Pape.”
Robert Parker

Laurent Charvin runs this small family estate located in the north of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. The domaine has vineyard holdings of just 8 hectares in Chateauneuf-du-Pape and 13 hectares in Cotes du Rhone.  The average age of the vineyards is over 50 years old with the oldest being nearly 80 years of age. Laurent Charvin describes his vineyard site as being ‘cool’ for Chateauneuf as their vines are mostly planted on sandy north facing slopes.

Charvin produces finely styled Grenache based wines showing great depth and finesse (approximately 80% Grenache for each wine with small amounts of Vacaresse and Mourvedre as well as small amounts of Carignan and Bourboulenc for the Cotes du Rhone). Winemaking is traditional with no de-stemming and all ageing is done in cement tanks. No wood is used for the elevage of either wine. There are no secrets here, simply old vines, very low yields and minimal winemaking intervention. The Cotes du Rhone is regularly rated as one of the very best from this area.

“I always find Charvin’s wines closest to those of Chateau Rayas, although the Charvin wines are slightly more concentrated.” 
Robert Parker—The Wine Advocate #191, Oct 2010

 

2013 Domaine Charvin Cotes du Rhone le Poutet
“The 2013 Côtes du Rhône le Poutet should be a rock-solid effort. Giving up tons of exotic pepper, spice and crunchy dark fruits, it’s medium-bodied, clean and crisp, with the bright acidity of the vintage. It should drink nicely on release, yet evolve gracefully for a decade or m ore. Located in the northwest part of the appellation, with vines in Cabrieres, Maucoil, and l’Arnesque (limestone soils), Laurent Charvin makes one of the most elegant and seamless Châteauneuf du Papes out there. Opting to produce a single cuvee, the winemaking here is staunchly traditional, with no destemmi ng and fermentation and aging occurring all in concrete tanks. The wines never see a touch of oak whatsoever. In addition to his Châteauneuf du Pape, don’t miss his Côtes du Rhône. It gives you a touch of the Charvin character for less buck, and can age for over a decade.” Robert Parker – The Wine Advocate Oct 2014

2013 Domaine Charvin Chateauneuf du Pape
“Brilliant violet color. Fresh redcurrant and cherry on the seductively perfumed nose, with a smoky mineral quality adding lift and focus. Concentrated cherry, raspberry and lavender pastille flavors display very good vivacity thanks to juicy acidity. Aeration brings up deeper black raspberry and licorice notes that carry through a strikingly persistent, focused, youthfully tannic finish. (92-94)” Vinous Media April 2015

 

2012 Domaine Charvin Cotes du Rhone le Poutet

“Along the same lines, with classic pepper, mineral, earth and black cherry fruit, the 2012 Cotes du Rhone Le Poutet is medium-bodied, structured and rich. It should round into form once in bottle and drink nicely through 2020. Drink 2015-2020. Consistently producing lively, fresh and elegant efforts that never lack for structure or richness, Domain Charvin is run by the soft spoken and generous Laurent Charvin. The wine making here is very traditional, with some stem inclusion and ageing completely in tank..” Robert Parker—The Wine Advocate oct 2013

2011 Domaine Charvin Cotes du Rhone le Poutet - available in  1500ml
Bright ruby.  Sexy, highly perfumed aromas of red berries, lavender and white pepper.  Offers sharply focused raspberry and bitter cherry flavors plus a note of candied flowers that gains power with air.  Finishes zesty and long, with very good clarity. Tanzer, June 2013

2011 Domaine Charvin Chateauneuf du Pape 
“The 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape is reminiscent of their 1999, which was a very successful vintage for Charvin. Abundant strawberry, cherry and raspberry fruit intermixed with hints of loamy soil and Provencal herbs are found in this medium to full-bodied wine. It is a lush, well-developed, precocious Chateauneuf du Pape to drink over the next decade. (91-93pts) ” Robert Parker—The Wine Advocate

2012 Domaine Charvin Chateauneuf du Pape -due April 2015

“More backwards and tannic, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape was tight and structured at the time of this tasting (as was the 2011, which was much more approachable and open when I tasted it from a bottle in the U.S.), with serious pepper, herbs de Provence and assorted darker berry styled fruit. Cutting a broad path across the palate, with full-bodied richness, bright acidity and edgy tannin, it should soften up over the next year and be reasonably accessible with short-term cellaring. A solid 12-15 year drink window sounds about right.” Robert Parker—The Wine Advocate oct 2013