Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône Valley, France
80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 6% Mourvèdre & 4% Cinsault, Counoise, Vaccarèse, Muscardin, Terret Noir, Picpoul Noir
A traditional Chateauneuf, with figs, currants, and blackberry fruit framed by spice box and tobacco notes. Full-bodied with plenty of character and integrated tannins that lead to a fresh finish. -Winemaker's Notes
"Vivid ruby. Sharply focused black raspberry, cherry pit, potpourri and garrigue scents pick up a bright, smoky nuance with air. Nicely concentrated raspberry and floral pastille flavors are given spicy bite by a suggestion of white pepper. Fine-grained tannins come in slowly to add shape and grip to the strikingly long, vibrant, floral-driven finish. This is quite a graceful wine for the vintage, and while it should drink well young, it will also age well on its balance."
94pts - Jeb Dunnuck
"The finest base cuvée produced at this estate is the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, which is 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah and the balance Cinsault, all aged in a mix of foudre and older barrels. Beautiful plums, blackberries, garrigue, and marine-like seaweed and iodine notes all give way to a pure, polished, full-bodied Châteauneuf-du-Pape that has integrated acidity and a great finish. It's a sensational classic cuvée that will keep for 2+ decades."