Archives affirm Chteau La Nerthes existence as early as 1560, while suggesting an even more distant past dating to the dawn of the regions wine culture in the 12th century. The wine of Chteau La Nerthe has been renowned since the 18th century. During the same era, its reputation spread across Europe with exports to England, Germany, Italy and Spain. Since then, Chteau La Nerthe has been a point of reference in the history of the vineyards and wines of France. The 90 hectares (225 acres) of Chteau La Nerthe are certified Organic growing since 1998 by Ecocert (French organism on organic certification) The current terroir is thus composed of rocky slopes of clay and sand, rising above the Rhne river. While it is difficult to grow wine in such soils, the rocks do help ripen the berries since they store heat during the day and warm the vines at night. They also allow water to penetrate into the soil, reducing stagnation and disease.
91 Chteau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-pape 2005 Elegant for the vintage; with a silky texture to the raspberry, boysenberry and plum fruit, all layered with sweet spice, mesquite and fruitcake notes, Has a long, supple finish. Drink now through 2020. J.M