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Domaine de la Charbonniere

The estate is located in the commune of Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the southern region Rhone Valley, The name is derived from "Carboniére", a popular name for charcoal burning, which was previously practiced in this area. The estate was founded in 1912 by Eugene Maret. His son Fernand enlarged the business, today he is managed by the third generation of Michel Maret. The vineyards cover 17.5 hectares of vines in the area Châteauneuf-du-Pape and four acres in the area Vacqueyras (in Sarrians). A few hectares in the area Cotes du Rhone were only replanted in 2006. Five different Châteauneuf-du-Papes are produced. These are CdP in red (70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre), CdP in white (40% Roussanne, 40% Grenache Blanc, 20% Bourboulenc and Clairette), CdP Cuvée Mourre des Perdrix (50-year-old vines, 70% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah), CdP Cuvée Vieilles Vignes (80-year-old vines, 95% Grenache, 5% Mourvèdre) and CdP Les Hautes Brusquières Cuvée Spéciale (60% Grenache, 40% Syrah). The wines are aged for different lengths of time (8 to 18 months) in large barrels (foudres) and in barriques and bottled without filtration.

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