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 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.
Quantities for 2017 are notably down in volume affected by bad weather at flowering reducing the yield by 30-40%. The resulting wines are richer and denser than ever.
2017 Domaine Charvin Côtes du Rhône Le Poutet 750ml & 1500ml
’From 2010 81% Grenache (av age 40 yrs in 2012, youngest 2004, 1992, oldest 1920s), 7.5% Syrah (1985), 7.5% Mourvèdre (1985, a recently rented plot), 5% Carignan (1950s), before was 85% Grenache (av age 40 yrs in 2008, youngest 1992, oldest 1920s), 10% Syrah (1985), 5% Carignan (1950s) from near Maucoil, Quartier Champovin, Boislauzon, sandy, clay-limestone, some galet stones soils, light crush, whole bunch 15-20 day fermentation, daily pumping overs, press wine added, concrete vat raised 18 months, fined, unfiltered, up to 50,000 b’ drinkrhone.com
Deeper colour in 2017 yet still very fresh in every way. Very concentrated and dense in 2017 - a very impressive wine and as always it wants a little time to all knit together to show its best.
2016 Domaine Charvin Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Average age of vines about 60 y.o. in sandy north-facing soil in north-west of appellation. Vinified 100% whole-bunch, all raised in concrete tanks.
”Deep bright-rimmed red. An explosively perfumed bouquet evokes ripe fruits, incense and exotic spices, and a sexy floral pastille nuance builds in the glass. Sappy, broad and expansive on the palate, offering sweet raspberry preserve, boysenberry and spicecake flavors that are given spine and lift by a core of juicy acidity. Closes on a gently tannic note, displaying superb clarity and spicy thrust and leaving sweet red fruit preserve and Asian spice notes behind.” (94-96) pts” Vinous Media July 2018
2015 Domaine Charvin Châteauneuf-du-Pape
“Lurid ruby-red. Sexy, highly perfumed raspberry, boysenberry and floral pastille scents are complemented by hints of musky rhubarb and Asian spices. Palate-staining sweet red and blue fruit and spicecake flavors show power as well as superb vivacity thanks to a spine of juicy acidity. The floral quality comes back emphatically on a strikingly long, sappy finish shaped by smooth, slow-mounting tannins. This might be the finest wine to emerge from this estate that I have ever tasted, and I've had some pretty amazing ones over the years. (94-96) pts” Vinous Media March 2017
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 2016.