The Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a cuvée that sits confidently among the region’s very best. Ancient, gnarled bush vines on sand yield abstemious yields of pure Grenache. Non-destemmed and extracted gently, the wine then undergoes elevage in a combination of two to three-year-old smaller barrels and larger foudres.
The result is sumptuous. Measured power melded with the sort of uncanny elegance and freshness that makes Grenache grown on sand the natural brethren of the greatest Burgundy. Think kirsch, tapenade, charcuterie and garrigue herb and spice strung across a smooth chassis of creamy tannins and herbal acidity. A tour de force!
"Lurid purple. Spice-accented black raspberry and cherry aromas are complemented by suggestions of allspice, succulent flowers and smoky minerals. Appealingly sweet and seamless in texture, offering energetic red berry, cherry preserve and candied lavender flavors along with musky herb and licorice flourishes. Concentrated but energetic in style, showing superb closing thrust, rounded tannins and strong, floral-driven persistence."
92-93 Points, Vinous (December 2019)
"Ripe and lush in feel, with waves of currant, plum and raspberry compote rolling through, flecked with bright anise, alluring incense and singed alder notes. Long finish. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah."
93 points, Wine Spectator (November 2019)