Domaine Charbonniere is a contender for the best value wine in Chateauneuf du Pape. The wines produced at the domaine pair high quality with character and fair pricing. In today’s world, that combination is harder to find than ever. The domaine is named after a small parcel of vines called, Carboniere. Carboniere is loosely translated from French into an area of burning charcoal. Charbonniere was founded very early in the 20th century when the vineyards were purchased in 1912 by Eugene Maret. Eugene Maret was Michael Maret’s grandfather. Michel Maret is the third generation of the family to manage the Southern Rhone Valley estate. He took over running Domaine Charbonniere in 1973. His daughters joined him at Domaine Charbonniere in 2004, helping him manage the vineyard. Today, Caroline Maret and Veronique Maret both help manage the property. Domaine Charbonniere controls 17.5 hectares of vines planted in the Chateauneuf du Pape appellation for the production of red wine and .5 hectares for making white wine. They also own 9.7 hectares of vines in Vacqueyras and Cotes du Rhone. Their vineyards are scattered throughout Chateauneuf du Pape, with their best parcels being located in the La Crau sector. Because their vineyard parcels are in varied locations, they have a myriad of terroirs from sand, to clay to rock soils that are common in La Crau.
Opulent notes of dark cherries,raspberries, and dried herbs . The mouth is utterly elegant with beautiful length driven by black berries and licorice.