Discover New Wines: Chateauneuf du Pape

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France's Chateauneuf du Pape appellation is celebrated by wine enthusiasts for its bold, Grenache-led red blends. The appellation's name translates literally to "The Pope's new castle," a nod to when the papacy was relocated for a time to the town of Avignon, France in the 1300s. These are a few of our favorite CDPs, and a great start for anyone looking to discover new wines.

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SP9797 pts. - Wine Spectator - Dec 31, 2020
Intense, with a Turkish coffee note out front before the core of steeped plum, black cherry and fig fruit starts to unfurl, while extra hints of singed alder, garrigue and warm earth develop, adding length and range on the finish. Delivers muscular power and perfumed grace that work together perfectly. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah. Best from 2022 through 2040. (James Molesworth)
RP96+96–98 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Aug 2019
The 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Collection Charles Giraud is the usual blend of approximately 60% Grenache and 40% Mourvèdre. It’s dark and rich, with flavors of black cherries and plums joined by hints of tree bark and perhaps even a bit of mushroom. Full-bodied and velvety, it’s powerful, concentrated and long on the finish, folding in subtle chocolate notes.
JD96+96–99 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - August 16, 2019
Moving to the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Collection Charles Giraud, it checks in as 60% Grenache and 40% Mourvèdre brought up in demi-muids. It’s a more structured wine than the Reserve Auguste Favier and boasts killer notes of ground pepper, graphite, spice box, and blackberries. With a huge core of sweet fruit, a layered, seamless texture, full body, and more concentration and depth than most in the vintage, it’s up with the top 2–3 wines out there in 2018. (Jeb Dunnuck)
VN9696 pts. - Vinous - Oct 2021
Saturated ruby. Highly expressive, mineral-accented cherry and dark berry liqueur, cola, licorice and potpourri scents are complemented by an exotic spice nuance. Broad and fleshy in the mouth, offering deeply concentrated black raspberry, boysenberry and bitter cherry flavors that become sweeter and more lively as the wine opens up. Shows excellent clarity and floral lift and finishes extremely long and spicy, with steadily building tannins adding closing grip.
RP9696 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 24th Sep 2020
Boasting the darkest fruit of the three 2018s from Saint-Préfert, the 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Collection Charles Giraud delivers notes of black cherries and dark chocolate, plus hints of wintergreen, cassia bark and baking spices. It’s full-bodied but less expansive on the palate than the others, compact and dense without being heavy or overdone, and it’s framed by ripe but supportive tannins. Mexican chocolate and cola notes linger elegantly on the lasting finish.
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WE9797 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 10/1/2021
The flagship wine of de Nalys sourced from the famed La Crau vineyard, this powerful, complex red highlights Grenache augmented by Syrah, Mourvèdre, Counoise and Vacarèse. Matured partially in oak, it offers black-plum flavors muted by shades of earth, sun-scorched garrigue and a lingering vein of salty minerality. While soft in tannin, the wine needs time to tease out its smoky, stony nuances. Drink 2028–2040.
SP9595 pts. - Wine Spectator - Dec 15, 2021
A bright savory note leads off this red, followed quickly by sanguine and bay leaf accents, all melding nicely with the core of steeped blackberry, raspberry and plum fruit flavors as they move through the rich, licorice root–tinged finish. Best from 2022 through 2035. 1,000 cases imported. (James Molesworth)
RP94+94–96 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Aug 2019
The best offering from this property I can remember, the 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Grand Vin leads with knockout aromas of garrigue, raspberries and stone fruit. It’s full-bodied, loaded with explosive levels of fruit that buffer the silky tannins, and includes a vivid sense of tension that gives the finish drive and length.
VN9494 pts. - Vinous - Oct 2021
Deep ruby. Red and blue fruit, garrigue, pungent floral and exotic spice aromas show fine definition and mineral lift. Juicy black raspberry, boysenberry and candied lavender flavors deepen through the back half, with no loss of energy. Closes with emphatic, spicy thrust on the penetrating finish, which features even tannins and resonating floral and blue fruit notes.
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JD95+95–97 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 12/14/2020
Also pure Southern Rhône goodness, the 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape Vieilles Vignes has classy notes of red and blue fruits, candied orange, flowers, peppery garrigue, and loads of Asian spices. Beautifully textured, silky, and elegant on the palate, it has wonderful tannins, a notable sense of freshness, and a great, great finish. (Jeb Dunnuck)
SP9494 pts. - Wine Spectator - Feb 28, 2022
Ripe and expressive, with a lovely display of warmed plum, raspberry and blackberry puree flavors infused with red tea and anise notes. Features a solid mineral note that chimes on the finish, while a roasted apple wood frame keeps it all in line as the fruit takes an encore. Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah. Best from 2023 through 2036. 650 cases made, 200 cases imported. (James Molesworth)
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SP9292 pts. - Wine Spectator - Feb 28, 2023
An elegant red, with nice freshness and purity to the wild cherry, plum and red licorice flavors. Shows a spine of crushed graphite that firms up the somewhat structured palate, with charred garrigue and sandalwood on the finish. Best from 2025 through 2035. 5,000 cases made, 1,000 cases imported. (James Molesworth)
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SP9393 pts. - Wine Spectator - Web only – 2021
Dark and winey in profile, with steeped plum and blackberry fruit flavors leading the way, while black tea and mineral accents fill in behind them. Tobacco and garrigue accents dot the finish for added range and length. Really solid. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Best from 2022 through 2035. 4,450 cases made, 3,000 cases imported. (James Molesworth)
WE9393 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 11/1/2021
Deep, ruminating layers of black plum and cherry confiture are lifted by tangs of crushed salt and stone in this bright, fresh-fruited blend of Grenache and Syrah. It’s mouthfilling and rich but maintains a thrilling zestiness, too. Fringed by fine-grained, lingering tannins, it’s at peak now but should maintain vibrantly through 2027 at least.
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JS9393 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Monday, May 22, 2023
A fragrant and intense nose of dark cherries, plums, dried lavender, spice and cigar box. A full-bodied Chateauneuf with solid, fine-grained tannins that build on the palate with a grip at the end. Focused and flavorful with real harmony. Drink or hold. (Zekun Shuai)
JD9090 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 11/3/2021
Blackberries, ripe cherries, graphite, and peppery herbs all emerge from the 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape Caparaçon, a medium-bodied, nicely balanced, classical Châteauneuf to drink over the coming 8–10 years. (Jeb Dunnuck)
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Saint Cosme Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2020 / 750 ml.

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SP9393 pts. - Wine Spectator - Dec 31, 2023
Delivering a generous cascade of attractive ripe fig and cherry pie flavors, this red is grounded by serious cast iron, mineral power. Reveals engaging scents of dried lavender, tea leaves and cured tobacco that add complexity through the well-hewn, perfectly chewy close. Delicious. Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah and Cinsault. Drink now through 2032. 677 cases imported. (Kristen Bieler)
VN9292 pts. - Vinous - Jun 2023
The 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a step up from the 2021, offering more concentration and complexity. Fragrant blood orange aromas emerge from the glass, complemented by hints of ripe blueberry and blackberry with white pepper and menthol undertones. This structured 2020 is a full-bodied red that’s rich and juicy, framed by smooth tannins and refreshing acidity. The nice and long finish shows no trace of heat despite a hefty 15.7% alcohol. (Nicolas Greinacher)
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Domaine du Pegau Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Cuvée Réservée
2020 / 750 ml.

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RP96+96–98 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 5th May 2022
I was even more impressed by the 2020 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Réservée than the 2019. Boasting crazily complex floral scents, garrigue, raspberries and cherries, this is one incredibly perfumed example of Pegau. Medium to full-bodied, silky, elegant and long, this is quintessential Pegau. (Joe Czerwinski)
JS9696 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Monday, May 22, 2023
A layered and well-balanced Chateauneuf-du-Pape with aromas of wild berries, dried herbs, leather, roasted meat and stones. It’s full-bodied with fine, firm tannins. Lots of layers and poise with a restrained character on the palate, despite the generous nature of the vintage. Complex and velvety with lots of cherry character and dried herbs towards the finish. Funnelled and structured with great focus and length. Better after 2025. (James Suckling)
VN9696 pts. - Vinous - Jun 2023
The 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée is one of the strongest vintages for this wine in recent history. It is magnificent, soaring from the glass with pungent aromas of crème de cassis, ripe raspberry and strawberry, cured meat, tobacco, licorice, iodine and garrigue. Full-bodied, vibrant to the core and offering a multidimensional profile, this wine is really, really good. The Féraud family and the entire team deserve a round of applause for this sublime Cuvée Réservée, which will still be kicking ass 20 years from now. (Nicolas Greinacher)
JD9494 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 10/30/2023
Looking at the classic 2020 Châteauneuf Du Pape Cuvée Réservée, it shows the ripe, round, opulent side to the vintage as well as classic Pegau notes of gorgeous black cherries, Provençal garrigue, sandalwood, and ground pepper, with some background meaty nuances. Medium to full-bodied, it has a layered, seamless mouthfeel, plenty of ripe tannins, and outstanding length. It’s a more forward style of Pegau, not far off the style of the 2018, but it will nevertheless keep for two decades. (Jeb Dunnuck)
JD93+93–95 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 11/11/2022
The 2020 Châteauneuf Du Pape Cuvée Réservée, which was tasted from multiple foudres, is solid as well, with the more elegant style of the vintage as well as classic Pégau goodness. Lots of peppery herbs, leather, Provençal spice, and some meaty notes define the bouquet, and it’s medium to full-bodied and balanced on the palate, with lots of classic Pégau style and flair. (Jeb Dunnuck)
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SP9595 pts. - Wine Spectator - Feb 28, 2023
Leads with warm ganache and fig bread notes, followed quickly by raspberry reduction accents that take some time to unwind. Showcases plum pâte de fruit, sanguine and black licorice notes, with a flicker of Turkish coffee underscoring the finish and giving this a decidedly dark profile in the end. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Vaccarèse and Muscardin. Best from 2024 through 2038. 900 cases made, 670 cases imported. (James Molesworth)
JD92+92–94 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 11/3/2021
The 2020 Châteauneuf Du Pape Vieilles Vignes is cut from the same cloth as the base cuvée yet brings more mid-palate depth and richness. It’s a classic 2020, with elegance, freshness, and purity as well as loads of Provençal charm. It should drink nicely right out of the gate yet also evolve for 10–15 years. (Jeb Dunnuck)
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Discover New Wines: Chateauneuf du Pape | WineTransit.com

France's Chateauneuf du Pape appellation is celebrated by wine enthusiasts for its bold, Grenache-led red blends. The appellation's name translates literally to "The Pope's new castle," a nod to when the papacy was relocated for a time to the town of Avignon, France in the 1300s. These are a few of our favorite CDPs, and a great start for anyone looking to discover new wines.