This is a balanced, elegant and vivid Chateauneuf du Pape. Weighing in at 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre, this vintage has a powerful bouquet of blackberries, chocolate, toasted spices and graphite. The French-oak aging smolders throughout in this beautifully polished, brilliantly traditional cuvee. A perfect blend of old-school charm with a modern edge, drink now through 2035.
The 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape checks in as 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and the rest Mourvèdre that was brought up in 80% old barrels and 20% in new French oak. It's not far off the Côte Ronde cuvée and has a powerful, modern bouquet of black raspberries, chocolate, toasted spice, and graphite. Surprisingly elegant and seamless on the palate, with good freshness and elegance, it has fine tannins, medium to full body, beautifully polished tannins, and a great finish. The oak adverse need not apply, but it's a brilliant traditional cuvée that has a modern character yet never loses its Southern Rhône soul.