This 50% Grenache blend was turning heads while still in the barrel. Robert Parker gave it 96-points, admiring the bold notes of black cherries and spice cake on the nose. “Full-bodied and voluptuous with a ling, fine and silky finish, this great effort provides one intense ride from start to finish.” A little time in the cellar will benefit the patient with over a decade of prime drinking and a bold, succulent Chateauneuf-du-Pape to savor.
Still awaiting bottling during my June visit, the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape features bold notes of black cherries, cassis and spice cake. Owner Barruol says the Christmas cake is typical of La Crau. Full-bodied and voluptuous, with a long, fine and silky finish, this great effort provides one intense ride from start to finish.