Made entirely from ancient Grenache, most of which was planted before WWI, this is made entirely in concrete. It’s the essence of the soil and floral Grenache fruit. Robert Parker called this wine “the limited production Cuvée Vieilles Vignes one of the world’s truly magnificent wines.” And we are sure you will agree! This Chateauneuf is in the same league as Rayas, 100% Grenache and 100% damn delicious. This is one of the best Rhone Valley wines you will ever try.
Vivid ruby-red. Powerful raspberry liqueur, cherry pie, incense, potpourri and spicecake aromas show outstanding clarity and pick up a vibrant mineral nuance with aeration. Sweet and seamless in the mouth, offering deeply concentrated but shockingly lithe raspberry, cherry liqueur, five-spice powder and lavender pastille flavors given lift and spine by a jolt of juicy acidity. Blends richness and delicacy with a deft hand and finishes wonderfully long and precise, with pliant tannins adding shape and gentle grip. Is this the wine of the vintage? It's definitely on the (very) short list.
The 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes was matured entirely in concrete. It boasts lovely red plum-scented fruit and a broad mix of spices on the nose, followed by a full-bodied, supple, rich palate that hints at blueberries and licorice on the long, velvety finish. Although I didn't detect any heat in these wines, I'd be cautious of aging them too long; once the fruit fades, the alcohol may become much more apparent.
Also darker than its 2015 counterpart, the 100% Grenache 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes reveals killer notes of black and blue fruits, peppery spice, violets, and garrigue. Possessing full-bodied richness, integrated acidity and ripe, polished tannin, it never puts a foot wrong, has terrific density and extract, and a huge finish, all pointing to this being a sensational example of this cuvée.