Vinification – Grape varieties

VINIFICATION

Le JAS des PAPES wine estate produces an average of two hundred and forty hectolitres of Châteauneuf-du-Pape reds and around thirteen hectolitres of Châteauneuf-du-Pape whites.

We harvest by hand and sort and destem the grapes, so that we can select the best of the crop whose quality is due to our old vines (70 to 80 years old) and grape varieties.

Our wines are made using traditional methods in an ultra modern wine making plant consisting of stainless steel vats, each one thermo-regulated in order to optimise the vinification process.

WHITE GRAPE VARIETIES

GRENACHE BLANC
Grenache blanc is a French white grape variety.
Grenache blanc is a Grenache variety.
It is mainly grown throughout the Mediterranean region.
It is one of the grape varieties that are used to make Châteauneuf-du-Pape white wines.
The bunches are from average to large in size and the grapes are average in size.
The bunches are conical, compact and winged.
The variety is very vigorous but only averagely productive.
It suits gravelly or stony soils low in acid.

CLAIRETTE BLANCHE
Clairette is a low acidity variety formerly used in the French Midi region as a base for Vermouth. It is used in the majority of white Côtes du Rhône wines.
Its fame was spread by the sparkling wines Clairette de Die Brut and Crémant de Die (100% Clairette).
The grape bunches are from average to very large in size and the berries are of average size.
The grape bunches are cylindro-conical, loose and winged.
This variety is very vigorous and fertile.

RED GRAPE VARIETIES

GRENACHE NOIR
Grenache Noir is one of the most widely grown varieties in France with almost 100,000 hectares under cultivation.
(this increased from 24,800 hectares in 1958 to 91,000 hectares in 1994/5)
It is grown all along the Mediterranean coast, in the vineyards of Languedoc-Roussillon, the Côtes du Rhône and Provence. It is a compulsory variety for nearly all the AOC rosés, reds or natural sweet wines of these regions.
It builds up a lot of sugar, producing wines that are very high in alcohol, but low in acidity and a colour that is very dependent on the yield. It is used as a base for the great structured and aromatic vins de garde, as in Châteauneuf-du-Pape for which it is the main variety, or for rosés, being used as a base for the rosés produced in Provence.  

SYRAH
Syrah N is a black French grape variety that is characteristic of the northern Côtes du Rhône region. Its cultivation is currently on the increase, and it is on the way to becoming a major international variety.
This variety gives a wine with a deep colour and an interesting tannic structure. Its characteristic violet nose transforms with ageing into more complex notes which combine facets of musk, truffle, leather, mocha and spices. This very rich collection of aromas is sometimes masked due to ill-judged periods spent in new barrels in order to achieve the fashionable “international taste" which favours the foreign flavour of vanilla, a direct result of burning the barrel staves. There are those who appreciate this “Parkerisation” of wine.

CINSAULT
Cinsault or Cinsaut is a black French grape variety with white juice.
It appears to originate from Provence. From there it spread to the Rhône valley and the Languedoc-Roussillon region: indeed, it produces significantly high yields and in the 20th century was widely planted to replace direct-producer hybrids. Today it is planted over 40,000 hectares in France.
The bunches and the grapes are very large. Juice yield is high.
In earlier times it was planted along with Grenache, to add suppleness, delicacy and fruitiness to the blend. Vast plantings on fertile plains have greatly harmed its reputation. However, when planted on impoverished, dry soil it produces fruity, delicious and supple wines, and excellent rosés.



MOURVEDRE
Mourvèdre is a black grape variety of Spanish origin. It is planted over 7,500 hectares in France, and is still an important variety in Provence.
When blended with other southern French varieties (Grenache, Cinsault, or Syrah) it produces wines that are more supple and drinkable when young. In certain regions it is sometimes used in the production of rosés.


You can contact us by telephone, fax or email for information on the vintages we have available, prices and conditions of dispatch.
Our products are packed in 6 bottle boxes and dispatched
only within mainland France, within the limits of stock available.

Our 0.75 Cl bottles:

Châteauneuf du Pape Red 2009 Cuvée “Le Secret du Jas”
Châteauneuf du Pape Red 2009 Le Jas des Papes (sold out).
Châteauneuf du Pape Red 2008 Le Jas des Papes
Châteauneuf du Pape White 2010 Le Jas des Papes
Châteauneuf du Pape White 2009 Le Jas des Papes (sold out).

Vin de France Rosé 2010, Cuvée “Inola”