The wine is matured for about 18 months in concrete tanks to maximise the wonderful fruit of the Grenache. Ripe with plenty of black-skinned fruits, black olive, and wild herb notes on the nose. On the palate this wine is powerful and spicy without being too “hot” on the finish. Loaded with blackberry fruit and lip-smacking tannins, this is very traditional Châteauneuf that offers power without sacrificing finesse.
Grape varieties:70% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre.
Southern Rhône wines are almost always blended around Grenache to bring balance, complexity and richness of aroma to the wines. Thirteen varietals are permitted. The main varieties are:
Grenache – Medium ruby colour and high alcohol. Delightfully fruity (red fruits) in youth, spice: prune notes with age. Medium dry tannins that soften with age.
Syrah – Deep colour with purple shades. Very tight but velvety tannins giving good ageing potential. Violet and/ or black fruit aromas. With age the aromas evolves towards wild aromas of leather, truffle, and towards liquorice
Mourvèdre – Dark brick red, high tannin brings additional ageing quality to the blend. Sometimes animal notes in its youth become fruity (dark berries, leather, undergrowth, pine, liquorice) and spicy with age.
Cinsault – High proportion in Rosé. Elegant, fruity aromas, light colour and tannin (in reds).
Grenache Blanc – Low acidity giving smoothness and length on the palate with floral aromas and notes of apple and pear.
Clairette – Brings acidity and freshness to the blend. Floral, complex aromas of rose and acacia with notes of white peach and exotic fruit.
Roussanne – Brings finesse and delicacy and a great deal of elegance. Good acidity in the northern Rhône enabling the wine to age well. Complex aromas of honeysuckle with touches of apricot, hawthorn or narcissus.
Bourboulenc – Brings good acidity to the blend. Floral aromas.
Marsanne – Medium acidity, with high aromatic potential in young wines. Complex and subtle floral aromas of acacia, dried fruit and nuts (almond, hazelnut, walnut).
Viognier – Medium colour with low acidity and very fruity (pear) in the Southern Rhône. In the Northern Rhône, it brings suppleness and smoothness. Great aromatic potential – acacia, honeysuckle, violet, almond blossom, linden, and with age, musk, honey and dried apricot.
Terroir: Spread over three plots of which one plot is on slopes, the soils consist of clay, limestone, sand and large rolled stones.
The vast majority of wines in the Southern Rhône are aged in neutral tanks such as concrete and stainless steel in order to preserve the delightful fruity characteristics of Grenache. Where oak is used, it is often only used for a proportion of the blend. The majority of wines in the Northern Rhône however, are aged in oak.
The amount of oak flavour in the wine depends on:
The following classifications are used for wines listed on this website:
No Oak – The wine is aged in neutral vats or large, old oak barrels that impart no oak flavours. These wines will be fruit-forward and bright in their early years.
Light Oak – Oak flavours are present but do not dominate the wine when young. The wine may only be partly aged in smaller oak barrels and/or the barrels may have been used for one to three prior wines.
Prominent Oak – Oak flavour is a noticeable feature of the wine, particularly when young. Oak also imparts oak tannins into the wine which can increase the ageing potential of the wine, thus allowing the wine to develop complex aromas over many years.
Drinking time: 2 to 12 years
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This wonderful little gem, cultivates 16 ha (40 acres) of vineyards with 3.5ha in Châteauneuf du Pape, 3 ha in Côtes du Rhône Villages, 9 ha in Côtes du Rhône. Nathalie is the fourth generation of the Fabre family but was the first to produce wines from their grapes when her and her husband built the cellar in 2000. They work together with their son, Romaud.
The domaine name “Hamas” is the provencal word for place where nature can develop without intervention. The Fabres have long embraced organic viticulture and were certified Organic in 2012. All the wines display great fruit and freshness and because they are below the radar, their wonderful Châteauneuf du Pape wines offer fantastic value. The wines are fermented using the natural yeasts. The reds are fermented and mostly aged in concrete. The old vine “Réserve de Félicien” is aged in used demi-muids (600 litre) barrels. The Côtes du Rhône red is wonderfully fruity and fresh with a very good length. The Côtes du Rhône Villages carries more structure and depth.