Discover New Wines: Chateauneuf du Pape

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Roger Sabon Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve

2018 / 750 ml.

Item #: 52221

JD9393 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - October 6, 2020
Moving to the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Réserve, this cuvée is a blend of 80% Grenache as well but has 10% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre. Slightly deeper ruby/purple, it has a more serious bouquet of ripe red and black fruits, ground pepper, gamy meats, and plenty of Provençal garrigue. Also medium to full-bodied, it has slightly more depth and richness, building yet soft tannins, solid mid-palate depth, and a great finish. It’s drinking well already, but certainly will evolve nicely for 10–12 years, if not longer. (Jeb Dunnuck)
RP92+92–95 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Aug 2019
Blessed with tremendous raspberry and blueberry fruit, the 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve adds nuances of dusty earth and crushed stone to the mix. It’s full-bodied, lush and creamy, ending on a flourish of dried spices — allspice, clove and star anise.
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E. Guigal Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2017 / 750 ml.

Item #: 17485

WE9494 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 11/1/2021
Matured two years in oak foudres, this full-bodied blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah balances piercing black cherry and cassis flavors against a firm structure of fine, penetrating tannins and bright acidity. Richly concentrated yet pristine in fruit, it finishes on a sultry, smoky streak of crushed stone and charred anise. Approachable in youth but likely to improve through 2030 and hold longer still.
JD92+92–94 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 12/12/2019
Not yet bottled, the 2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape is cut from the same cloth as the 2016 yet has a slightly more sunny, sexy style. Kirsch, peppery garrigue, and lavender notes all emerge from the glass, and it’s medium to full-bodied, has tons of character, ripe tannins, and the balance to evolve for over a decade. (Jeb Dunnuck)
VN9292 pts. - Vinous - Oct 2021
Bright ruby. Potent red and blue fruit liqueur, potpourri and incense are complemented by hints of botanical herbs and exotic spices. Attractively sweet and energetic in style, offering spice-laced raspberry, boysenberry, dried cherry and floral pastille flavors supported by a strong undercurrent of smoky minerality. Polished, even tannins frame and shape a smooth finish that lingers with strong persistence and repeating florality. I’d have guessed that there was more Grenache in play here.
JS9292 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Friday, October 11, 2019
The inaugural vintage of this wine, it has a very fresh, melon and sliced-pear nose with subtle, stony notes. The palate is smooth, sleek and fleshy with attractive peach flavors and a fresh,crisp feel to the gently nutty finish. Drink or hold.
RP91+91–93 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 19th Dec 2019
Darker and plummier than the 2016, Guigal’s 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape is another fine effort from this quality-conscious négociant. It’s full-bodied, rich and velvety in texture, with notes of cola, dark chocolate and prune plums that linger on the silky finish.
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JD9595 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 10/6/2020
Checking in as a normal blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Mourvèdre, the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Renaissance has a slightly more modern bouquet that includes plenty of red and black currants, spicy oak, dried garrigue, and classic Mourvèdre meatiness. It too is full-bodied and has a supple, elegant, plush texture, bright tannins, and a great finish. The cuvée normally needs a good 3–4 years of bottle age, but the 2018 is one of the more approachable examples of this cuvée that I can remember. You can probably safely drink this any time over the coming 15 years or more. (Jeb Dunnuck)
SP9393 pts. - Wine Spectator - Web only – 2021
Ripe but restrained, with a bit of charm to its raspberry and cherry coulis notes that mix with red tea, mineral and singed cedar accents. The fruit darkens up a touch through the finish, with a juicy edge lingering. Drink now through 2034. 400 cases made, 75 cases imported.
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JD94+94+ pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 11/3/2021
The 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape Les Origines (50% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, and 20% Syrah aged in 50% new oak) is similarly deep purple and offers a straight-up stunning bouquet of ripe cassis and blackberry fruits intermixed with chocolate, Asian spices, cured meats, and new leather. A powerful, concentrated, rich 2019, it has a great mid-palate, building yet ripe tannins, no hard edges, and a great finish. The purity of fruit here is top notch, and while it’s unquestionably a modern style Châteauneuf, the oak is nicely integrated and I suspect will disappear completely with 5–6 years of bottle age. (Jeb Dunnuck)
VN9494 pts. - Vinous - Oct 2021
Deep violet. Oak-spice- and mineral-tinged aromas of ripe cherry and black currant are joined by garrigue and floral notes that build in the glass. Alluringly sweet and expansive in the mouth, offering juicy red and blue fruit preserve, succulent herb and licorice flavors braced by an undercurrent of smoky minerality. A vanilla nuance emerges on an impressively long, penetrating finish firmed by gently chewy tannins.
WE9494 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 5/1/2022
Although matured in 50% new oak, a core of pristine black cherry and cassis flavors entices in this blend of Grenache (50%), Mourvèdre (30%) and Syrah (20%). Supple in mouthfeel and accented by dustings of cocoa powder and Christmas spice, it finishes with charry, gripping tannins. Approachable already, the wine should improve through 2035.
SP9393 pts. - Wine Spectator - Oct 15, 2021
Warm in feel, with a gush of plum puree and blackberry paste flavors, liberally laced with black licorice and roasted alder notes. A solidly built, modern version, with a nice tug of warm earth on the back end. Best from 2022 through 2034. 700 cases made, 280 cases imported.
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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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JD95+95–97 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 11/3/2021
The first vintage for this single cuvée, which in the past would have made the two special cuvées of Domaine Saint-Préfert, the 2020 Châteauneuf Du Pape checks in as a blend of 75% Grenache and the rest Cinsault, Mourvèdre, and a splash of Syrah. Its deep ruby/plum hue is followed by a more reticent, full-bodied, powerful wine offering serious black fruits as well as notes of crushed stone, roasted herbs, licorice, and graphite. It’s another stunning wine from this estate that savvy readers will snatch up. It’s going to need 3–5 years of bottle age to show its true potential, but it’s a brilliant wine. (Jeb Dunnuck)
RP93+93–95 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 5th May 2022
Isabel Ferrando informed me during my visit that she planned to eliminate the Reserve Auguste Favier and Collection Charles Giraud bottlings, folding those lots and the “tradition” Saint-Prefert Châteauneuf into a single, combined wine under the Famille Isabel Ferrando label. The resulting blend she showed as the 2020 Famille Isabel Ferrando Chateauneuf du Pape is a fine effort, with layers of cola-like spice and hints of garrigue layered against a lush backdrop of cherries and raspberries. Medium to full-bodied and almost creamy in texture, it finishes long, silky and mouthwatering. (Joe Czerwinski)
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RP9292 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 24th Sep 2020
Always one of the more garrigue-scented Châteauneufs, the Brunels’ 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape includes hints of lavender and bay leaf on the nose, alongside ripe cherries and hints of plum, cola and mocha. It’s medium to full-bodied, silky-textured and elegant, with no rough edges at all, so it goes down easily, even at this young age. I’d opt for drinking it over the next decade. Because of low yields, there’s no Cuvée Centenaire this year, with fruit from those vines being included here. (Joe Czerwinski)
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Xavier Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2018 / 750 ml.

Item #: 57755

JD91+91–93 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 8/16/2019
The 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape is 80% Grenache and 10% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre. Herbes de Provence, ground pepper, violets, and red and black currants all flow to a medium to full-bodied, round, supple, sexy wine that’s very much in the style of the vintage. My money is on it being an outstanding wine, and it’s going to drink nicely right out of the gate. (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.

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