“Cuvée Unique” is North Berkeley Imports’ pick of their favorite 5 barrels or so of this old-school domaine’s gorgeous wine. Jeb Dunnuck called this one “another beautiful classic cuvée from this estate that should be snatched up by lovers of traditional Châteauneuf-du-Papes. Dark fruits, pepper, licorice and beautiful garrigue nuances showed in all of the sample, as well as the tannic backbone that’s the hallmark of the estate.”
Helmed by the brilliant winemaker Thierry Sabon, and with holdings in every quadrant of the CDP appellation, Clos du Mont Olivet is a practitioner of traditional Châteauneuf recipe: Very old vines, low yields, and élévage in neutral large foudres.
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.
Extremely impressive ripe white peach and melon fruits with a flinty edge. The palate has a saline, mineral thread. Great weight, presence and depth. Drink now.
And last of the barrel samples and tasted from multiple foudre, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape is another beautiful classic cuvee from this estate that should be snatched up by lovers of traditional Châteauneuf-du-Papes. Dark fruits, pepper, licorice and beautiful garrigue nuances showed in all of the sample, as well as the tannic backbone that’s the hallmark of the estate. There will certainly be a Cuvée Papet release, but that blend has yet to be put together. 2016 looks to be a terrific vintage for this great estate.