Chimère Châteauneuf du Pape


Year WineRegion
2010 Chimère   Châteauneuf du Pape 
2012 Chimère   Châteauneuf du Pape 
Year WineRegion

As reported by several sources, begining with the 2010 vintage, Manfred Krankl is making a Châteauneuf-du-Pape called Chimère jointly with Vincent and Pascal Maurel, who own and run Clos Saint-Jean in Châteauneuf, and oenologist Philippe Cambie.

It will be predominantly Mourvedre (~95%) with some Grenache and a touch of white grapes. The Mourvedre comes from the famed La Crau vineyard. It will be bottled only in magnums.

On the Squires board, on 25 April 2012, Manfred wrote It was just bottled on April 16th and now needs to get here to the U.S. Then we need to label it (we are still working on the whole Government burocratic balloney), box it and then sell it. The hope is to get it out into the world this fall.... all 380 Magnums.

Philippe Cambie posted this photo on his website on 25 April 2012 with the caption CHIMERE LABEL !!!!!
However, Manfred said ...what are seeing is actually not the label, but rather the tools (if you will) that made the label. It is the carved linoleum boards from which the prints to make the original artwork for the label are made. It is an image of Philippe and me. You can figure out who's who.

It is a cat (a.k.a. *****) and a dog (a.k.a. mongrel).

A similar wine was planned for 2011, but after that, this wine could come from California. As it turns out, a 2011 Chimère was produced and reviewed by Robert Parker, but but was ultimately not released. A 2012 was produced and released.



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