Produced in a similar fashion to the ‘Poignée de Raisins’ above but is from Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah. As always, this wine has a bit more power than the Poignee de Raisins - 2022 is Maxime's 16th vintage back on the home property and he has really hit his stride; his wines now as complete and assured as his mothers. This is very fine and very long on taste and is dangerously delicious, as you might expect from a wine christened – “it’s thirsty time”
The fruit is fermented without sulphur using indigenous yeasts. Everything is moved by gravity, there are no pumps. The wine is bottled without fining or filtration with only some cuvees receiving light amounts of sulphur.
This style of non-interventionist winemaking 'par excellence has forged the estate a legendary reputation and following.
Variety - Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah
Country - France
Region - Rhone
Sub Region - Cotes du Rhone
Extra - Cork
Year - 2022
Volume - 750ml
This estate is located in northern sector of Chateauneuf du Pape and Cotes du Rhone vineyards border directly on to Chateauneuf du Pape close to the estate winery. 100% whole bunch vinification in large cement. Ageing in cement tank for 18 months for both the reds with no fining or filtration. 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 and perhaps it is not surprising as the vines for this cuvee border directly on to the appellation for Chateauneuf du Pape in the northern sector where they are located. “Charvin may indeed produce the Richebourg of Chateauneuf du Pape.”— Robert Parker Jr, The Wine Advocate