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Domaine des Sénéchaux - 2012 Châteauneuf-du-pape Red


A lovely intense colour with purplish glints, this vintage reveals a flattering nose that opens on aromas of cherry, wood and ripe red fruits. Agitation produces notes of morello cherry and liquorice to complement the harmony of the wine. A subtle blend of unctuousness and power, the attack gives way to a bouquet of cassis and raspberry flavours with hints of spice and vanilla. The harmonious, woody finish underpins the quality of a wine that is full of promise and suitable for laying down.



ORIGIN Châteauneuf du Pape, France

MAKER Domaine des Sénéchaux

GRAPES 61% Grenache Noi, 20% Syrah, 18% Mourvédre, 1% Vaccarèse-Cinsault



Water reserves fell to low levels following an especially cold and dry end to winter, prompting fears that the vines would be subject to excessive stress. Despite uneven bud break at the end of March, flowering took place in very good conditions from 20 to 30 May. Regular, effective rainfall in April led to the recovery of water reserves at root level, while a scorchingly hot August sped the ripening of the grapes. A cool rainy start to September stopped the potential alcohol level from soaring, preserved acidity and allowed the grapes to be picked at the right stage of ripeness, thereby safeguarding the intensity of the fruit.

Harvesting began with Syrah grapes on 17 September, continued with Grenache four days later and ended on 9 October with Mourvedre grapes.



Ours is a story of stewards

It is a history as rich as these soils, sands and stones. Whilst our terroir has gained fame through the years, characterising our grapes, this is a story of the people who have cultivated our vineyards and guarded the quality of the Châteauneuf du Pape you drink today.

We like to think it was the wine that drew the papacy to Avignon in the fourteenth century. In fact, our papal stewards restored our vineyards and viticulture practises, creating a wine replete with the character of the land and opening our borders to Europe. So beguiling was our wine that when the Pope returned to Rome, his cardinals dug in their heels: “How can you live a happy life without the nectar of the gods?”

Ours was gleaned when Pope John XXII built his summerhouse outside Avignon. “A new castle for the Pope” reverberated across the land, and the name stuck. Today we still call the region, châteaux and wine Châteauneuf-du-Pape!

As time rolled over the land, wars were not able to permeate our terroir. But the renowned character of our wine was threatened by adulteration and fraud. The twentieth century saw Baron Pierre Le Roy establish the appellation for Châteauneuf-du-Pape. He drew a figurative line around the vineyards: Only land so infertile and arid that thyme and lavender would grow on it made the cut. His rules became the prototype for the entire Appellation Controlee system.

In the heart of the Baron’s boundaries sits the Sheriff’s Wood: Les Bois Sénéchaux.

This plot is crucial to the success of one of the oldest vineyards in our region, so much so that it lends the property its name: Domaine des Sénéchaux.

With a history dating back to the fourteenth century the property can be found in its current landscape in the 1950s, tended by the Raynaud family. They handed the reins to Pascal Roux who instigated an era of restoration.

Today’s custodians have taken the mantle from Pascal Roux. With thriving vineyards in Bordeaux, the Cazes family came to Domaine des Sénéchaux with a wealth of expertise and the drive to make a wine replete with the characteristics of the region. With Bernard Tranchecoste, who they entrust with the daily running of the land, they restored the vineyards to their former glory and modernised the estate. Since 2018, a new partnership with the Pradon family who became co-owners, has injected a new dynamic to the estate.

“This estate was taken over by the Cazes family (of Lynch-Bages in Bordeaux) in 2006, and the quality has soared over the past decade.” – Jeb Dunnuck

  • -$-198.00
  • Regular price $198.00
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