While the red wines of Chateauneuf du Pape are produced in a wide and diverse array of styles, they share the common characteristics of fresh red and black cherries, strawberry, kirsch, black pepper, black raspberry, spice, earth and garrigue, which is the fresh herbs typical of the region. The textures can be lush, lusty and luscious when young, and take on silky characteristics with age.
Domaine Tour Saint Michel was first established in 1930 by Michel Fabre. The estate takes its name from the tower on the property which you see as you enter the estate and of course, on the logo which appears on the bottles. The Southern Rhone Valley property has remained in the hands of same family after having been passed down through three generations of the Fabre family. Since 2002, Mireille has been in charge of managing Domaine Tour Saint Michel.
Domaine Tour Saint Michel owns 36.6 hectares of vines in Chateauneuf du Pape. 35 hectares are used in the production of red wine. 1.3 hectares are used to plant grapes to produce Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc. Domaine Tour Saint Michel also owns 5 hectares in the Cotes du Rhone appellation. The Chateauneuf du Pape vineyards of Domaine Tour Saint Michel has a terroir filled with rocks, gravel, pebbles and loam soil. The grapes are 100% destemmed.
Ruby red wine supported, open nose, dominated by red and black fruits with a hint of spice and oak. In the mouth, fleshy and structured wine has a nice fruity and charming character.
Variety: 85% Grenache, 15% Syrah
The full-bodied 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape La Tour du Lion displays impressive fruit intensity as well as a seductive, up-front character, but more power, density and meatiness than the Deux Soeurs. It exhibits plenty of peppery, roasted Provencal herb, strawberry and kirsch aromas as well as blacker fruits on the palate. Nicely textured, rich and full, it is capable of lasting 10-15 years. --- Robert Parker 92 points
Grapes variety: Grenache 75%, Syrah 20%, Mourvedre 5%
Vol: 750 ml