Domaine Charvin Southern Rhône, France.
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 may indeed produce the Richebourg of Chateauneuf du Pape.’
Robert Parker Jnr.
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 Côtes du Rhône). 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 Côtes du Rhône 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 Jnr, The Wine Advocate, October 2010.
2015 Domaine Charvin Côtes du Rhône Le Poutet 750ml & 1500ml
‘The 2015 Côtes du Rhône is classic Charvin and offers lots of kirsch and blackberry fruits, garrigue, white pepper and sappy herbs in its medium-bodied, polished, elegant, yet tight and firm personality. Give it a year or two in bottle and it will still be drinking beautifully at ten years of age.’ 88+ points, Jeb Dunnuck, RobertParker.com October 2016.
2014 Domaine Charvin Châteauneuf-du-Pape
‘Brilliant ruby-red. Powerful raspberry, floral pastille and Asian spice aromas show outstanding clarity and vivacity. Energetic flavors of red fruit preserves and lavender are given spine and definition by zesty minerality. The floral and red fruit notes carry strongly through a clinging, sharply focused finish framed by smooth, slow-building tannins. This wine is shaping up to be a classic Charvin rendition of Châteauneuf, displaying abundant upfront fruit along with the depth and balance to ensure a long, graceful evolution.’ (94-95) points, Josh Raynolds, April 2016.
2013 Domaine Charvin Châteauneuf-du-Pape
‘Vivid ruby. Assertively perfumed aromas of red berry preserves, Asian spices and potpourri develop a vibrant mineral quality in the glass. Fresh and sharply focused on the palate, offering concentrated black raspberry and lavender pastille flavors that show outstanding clarity and power. Closes sweet, spicy and extremely long, with sneaky tannins adding shape and grip. There’s an almost Vosne-like elegance to this wine that I find compelling.’ 93 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous, April 2015.
2011 Domaine Charvin Châteauneuf-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.’ 93 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous, January 2014.