HISTORY AND VINEYARD :
This wine, dear to our heart, under Père Anselme signature, was created in 1952 by Charles Brotte with the co-operation of local Provençale glass and ceramic craftsmen. The original and surprising bottle shape represents the gnarled and twisted vines typical of the region due to their struggle of growing against the Mistral wind. La Fiole, “Phiala” in latin refers to a “precious bottle”. The bottle is exclusive as we are the only winery permitted to use this shape. “Pape” evokes the cru of Châteauneuf-du-Pape as well as the presence of the Popes in the region and village in the Middle Ages. The bottle’s golden anthracite grey powder recalls wines of former times.
The wine is unique and of constant quality. A majority of Grenache, an important share of Reserve Wines – 30 to 40% (some of which are 5 years old) give it fruitiness, freshness and maturity, intensity and smoothness. The wine can be savoured immediately or be kept 5 to 7 years.
La Fiole du Pape is the best selling Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the world.
VINIFICATION AND MATURATION :
Hand-harvested with berry selection, de-stemming and crushing before being put into vats. Separate vinification of each variety. A 20 day maceration period, alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in concrete vats. A rigorous selection takes place for final blending of Reserve wines - 30 to 40% (matured in 100 year old large oak barrels, some of which during 5 years) - to obtain a Châteauneuf-du-Pape which has consistent style, as well as maturity and roundness. 15 to 20 wines compose the symphony of La Fiole du Pape.