Mas de Boislauzon Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee du Quet 2019
Majorally planted in the 1920’s on sandy, clay-limestone, and galet based soils.
The grapes are 0% destemmed, vinified in concrete. From there, half of the wine ages in Demi-muids (2 and 3 year old) and half of the wine ages in foudres. The wine is aged for 13-14 months before bottling.
Quet is a historic name for the local area of which the Chaussys live outside of Orange.
Blend: 80% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre
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My favorite of this estate's offerings this year is the 2019 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee du Quet, an 80-20 blend of Grenache and Mourvèdre selected from three lieux-dits: Boislauzon, Gardiole and Palestor. While the nose includes some fresh, herbal hints, they add a pleasant nuance to the dark-berried fruit (black cherries, verging on surmaturité) and a hint of chocolate. Full-bodied, rich and supple, this lovely wine finishes long and softly tannic.
Monique Chaussy runs the property along with her daughter Christine and son, winemaker, Daniel Chaussy. The family represents the sixth generation of wine growers in the area.
Famous for its full-bodied, seductive and spicy reds with flavor and aroma characteristics reminiscent of black cherry, baked raspberry, garrigue, olive tapenade, lavender and baking spice, Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the leading sub-appellation of the southern Rhône River Valley. Large pebbles resembling river rocks, called "galets" in French, dominate most of the terrain. The stones hold heat and reflect it back up to the low-lying gobelet-trained vines. Though the galets are typical, they are not prominent in every vineyard. Chateau Rayas is the most obvious deviation with very sandy soil.
According to law, eighteen grape varieties are allowed in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and most wines are blends of some mix of these. For reds, Grenache is the star player with Mourvedre and Syrah coming typically second. Others used include Cinsault, Counoise and occasionally Muscardin, Vaccarèse, Picquepoul Noir and Terret Noir.
Only about 6-7% of wine from Châteauneuf-du-Pape is white wine. Blends and single-varietal bottlings are typically based on the soft and floral Grenache Blanc but Clairette, Bourboulenc and Roussanne are grown with some significance.
The wine of Chateauneuf-du-Pape takes its name from the relocation of the papal court to Avignon. The lore says that after moving in 1309, Pope Clément V (after whom Chateau Pape-Clément in Pessac-Léognan is named) ordered that vines were planted. But it was actually his successor, John XXII, who established the vineyards. The name however, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, translated as "the pope's new castle," didn’t really stick until the 19th century.
With bold fruit flavors and accents of sweet spice, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre form the base of the classic Rhône Red Blend, while Carignan, Cinsault and Counoise often come in to play. Though they originated from France’s southern Rhône Valley, with some creative interpretation, Rhône blends have also become popular in other countries. Somm Secret—Putting their own local spin on the Rhône Red Blend, those from Priorat often include Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In California, it is not uncommon to see Petite Sirah make an appearance.