The name of the wine came from history fact. Catherine of Siena, Saint and Doctor of the Church, went to Avignon in 1376 as ambassador of the city of Florence. She persuaded Pope Gregory XI to return to Rome to relocate the Papacy back where it belonged.
Catarina is a blend of three different soil types : round pebbles, sand and limestone. The three plots are located in Colombis, Bois de la Ville and Grand Devès lieux-dits, near the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
The average yield is 30hl/ha.The grapes of each plot are vinified separately. Depending on the vintage, part of the harvest is not destemmed. The juices are vinified using natural yeasts for 4 to 5 weeks in cement tanks. The ageing is carried out in old French oak demi-muids during 12 months.
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate noted as follow:
The same blend and elevage as the 2013, the outstanding 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Catarina is a fruity, medium-bodied, elegant and concentrated effort revealing copious blackberry, black raspberry, toasted spice, leather and hints of gravel/wet rock. Already approachable, it will evolve nicely going forward on its balance.