Its origin: Invented by Charles Brotte in 1952, the Fiole du Pape tells many tales. For some, its origin comes from a great fire in Châteauneuf-du-Pape where only the cellar and distorted bottles of Châteauneuf-du-Pape survived the raging heat. For others, our ancestral technic consists in twisting our bottles in sand, explaining its sandy texture!
Romantic but untrue! La Fiole was born from a competition of local ceramists. Its theme: “The wild movement of the grenache vine twisted in the strong Provence Mistral wind”. Charles Brotte took part in this competition and imagined an attractive shaped bottle to illustrate the theme. He won this competition and decided to take the opportunity to make a wine nobody else would have thought of. A wine the world and he would enjoy. Seventy years later the wine remains famous.
Its conception: Inspired by Champagne where producers make non-vintage wines in order to ensure consistency of style, Charles Brotte came up with the idea to apply this process to his Châteauneuf-du-Pape. A majority of Grenache gives fruit and sweet spicey notes; Syrah freshness and structure. Thirty to 40% of House Reserve Wines (some aged up to 5 years) bring maturity, smoothness and the same typicity every year.
Its longevity: not satisfied with only being pretty, La Fiole is also the only red Cru in France to be made that way. La Fiole is a popular wine, easy to understand and easy to appreciate. It charms wine lovers from all horizons may they be young, old, men or women, wine experts or wine novices. La Fiole du Pape is bottled at complete maturity in order for you to be able to enjoy it immediately or keep it.