The André Mathieu Estate consists of family-owned vineyards that have been handed down from father to son for more than four centuries. The traditions and inherited expertise involved in making Châteauneuf du Pape wines have thus been upheld over the years. André Mathieu took over from his father in 1987 and produces premium wines, which are recommended and by Jancis Robinson and "La Centenaire" was endowed with 94 Parker Points for the 2015 vintage.
The basis CNDP rouge consists of 85% Grenache, 6% Mourvedre and a field blend of all 13 allowable grapes planted in the appellation. The terroir is a mix of galets, sand and limestone. The wine is aged in old foudres, demi muids and a small amount of used french oak barrels for between 12-14 months.
"La Centenaire" is produced from 100 year old vines. The main grape in the Cuvée is Grenache, but all 13 different grape varieties are included. The terroir is rocks and sand soils. The wine is aged in a combination of the estates oldest foudres and french oak barrels for 14 to 16 months before bottling. This special Cuvée is only made in the best vintages, no explaination needed that 2015 was a great year!
This wine is a Hommage to the estates formative years. Felibre is the name the of the Domaine´s beginning. The wine is made from a blend of 80% Mourvedre, 10% Grenache and all the other various, allowable other varieties. Ageing takes place in a combination of tank and foudres, while 7% of the wine is aged in new, French oak barrels for 24 months. Only 300 cases are produced when the wine is made, which is only in select vintages.