Banneret

Châteauneuf du Pape

2020
Châteauneuf-du-Pape
So. Rhône Valley
France
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Ba-nuh-RAY Sha-to-NUF dew PAHP
Varietals
Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre
$73
Flavors & Quality
Red Berries Red Berries
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COLOR
Medium Red/Ruby
BODY
TANNIN
ACIDITY
SWEET
ALCOH.
14.5%
GRAPE(S)
Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre
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Why this wine made the cut…
Banneret marches to the beat of its own drummer, a unique expression of Châteauneuf du Pape.
Châteauneuf-du-Pape
GRAPE VARIETAL(S)
Grenache
Gruh-NASH
Grenache is widely planted throughout the world but some of the best expressions come from the southern Rhone, and in Spain’s Priorat. Grenache has small berries with thick grape skins resulting in dark, tannic wine in its youth combined with an almost ripe sweetness and elevated alcohol. Often part of a blend, Grenache offers a lot of fruit, spice, with floral and herbal notes.
Syrah
See-RA
Syrah is widely planted throughout the world, but that was not so until the late twentieth century when Syrah was principally grown in the Rhone Valley and, as Shiraz, in Australia. Stylistically, the Palate Character of Syrah can vary depending on ripeness from a rich Round & Fleshy, Tone & Backbone, to a Powerful & Extracted. The flavors and aromas can also vary with a dark, sometimes sweet, fruit character, varying amount of spice, floral, and earth, and smoke, and meaty aromas and flavors.
Mourvèdre
Moor-VED-ruh
Mourvedre is widely grown in Spain, and in France, where it makes up at least 50% of Bandol, and is typically one of the main blended varietals in Chateauneuf du Pape. It is high quality and strives in hot temperatures. The grapes are dark, and tannic with ample alcohol and intense aromas, particularly of blackberries. It is valued for its heady, structured contribution to blends.
Country / State
France
Region
So. Rhône Valley
Sub Region
Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Producer
Banneret
Vintage
2020

Banneret

Châteauneuf-du-Pape


Château Banneret is a tiny 3.5 hectare family-owned estate in Châteauneuf-du-Pape that remains surprisingly under-the-radar. The estate is now owned by Jean-Claude Vidal who learned winemaking from Jacques Reynaud and Henri Bonneau. 


The vineyards, which consist of galet-covered soils, are organically farmed and the winemaking favors an old-school approach, no doubt inspired much by Bonneau, who helped make the early vintages.

The estate is now run by his daughter Audrey who carries forward that style. The wines are intense with wild aromatics and a depth of fruit, spice, and floral notes that speak to the terroir and their traditional approach.