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The reputation of Châteauneuf-du-Pape is well-established, and the 2022 vintage is no exception, offering wines of remarkable richness. James Suckling, an iconic figure in wine criticism, has spotlighted the cuvées of Domaine Berthet-Rayne, underlining their excellence in a challenging climatic context. Here is a detailed overview of the evaluations and impressions for this captivating vintage.

Un millésime défiant la canicule

Le millésime 2022 à Châteauneuf-du-Pape s'est distingué par sa capacité à transcender un climat particulièrement chaud. James Suckling note que, malgré les défis, les vins de cette année montrent une belle concentration tout en maintenant une fraîcheur étonnante, une performance que peu de domaines peuvent revendiquer avec autant de succès que le Domaine Berthet-Rayne.

Domaine Berthet-Rayne : Un Standard de Qualité et d'Authenticité

Engagé dans une viticulture biologique depuis 2004, le Domaine Berthet-Rayne illustre son respect pour la terre et la vigne à travers des pratiques durables et un soin méticuleux apporté à chaque cuvée.

Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2022
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Intense aromas of dried herbs and hot dry earth are married to a silky richness at the front of the full-bodied palate, then the structure builds and the wine finishes surprisingly firm and positively dry. Long, dusty finish with plenty of depth. A cuvee of grenache, mourvèdre, cinsault ans syrah. From organically grown grapes. 

Drinkable now, but best from 2025.

Vieilli en Fût de Chêne 2022
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Complex floral and herbal nose with restrained red berry fruit. Serious structure on the full-bodied palate, where the integration of fruit and oak is excellent. 

Long, powerful and decisively dry finish with stacks of herbal complexity. Very good aging potential. A cuvee of grenache, mourvèdre and counoise from organically grown grapes. Drink or hold

Cuvée Cadiac 2022
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The almost pungent nose of cardamon, cloves and dried rosemary pulls you into this striking Chateauneuf with its off-the-scale wild herbs aromas. Very firm structure and impressive freshness for the rich 2022 vintage. 

Long, emphatically dry, stony finish. A cuvee of grenache and mourvedre. From organically grown grapes. Unfiltered. Drinkable now bur best from 2025

Elixir des Papes 2022
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An intensely spicy Chateauneuf that has a hint of autumn bonfire smoke on the nose. Ripe and full-bodied, but with no trace of opulence, also thanks to the dried leaf character and the long, self-confidently dry finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink or Hold.

With its 2022 cuvées, Domaine Berthet-Rayne demonstrates once again why Châteauneuf-du-Pape remains a world-class appellation. Thanks to the precision of their methods and the exceptional quality of their terroir, these wines are destined to captivate the palates of amateurs and connoisseurs, confirming their place among the greats.




James Suckling is one of the most influential wine critics in the world. He has tasted more than 200,000 wines in his career. In 2023, he and his team rated over 40,000 wines. His website attracts more than 600,000 unique visitors per year.

He spent nearly 30 years as European Editor of Wine Spectator before launching his own website in 2010 to communicate about wine in a modern way. The site offers his 100-point tasting notes as well as HD videos from wineries around the world.

James is also a renowned speaker. His program on has attracted more than 20,000 subscribers. He has been knighted by the Italian and French governments for his long-standing coverage of the wines of these countries.

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