This old vine cuve is harvested from 60-year old vines, including enough stems to deliver the notes of ground pepper, crushed violet and minerality in both aroma and flavor. There is a mouthwatering purity and depth of red fruit at the core, with just a touch of muskiness. Jeb Dunnuck calls it “rich and flawlessly balanced, with ripe, present tannins and a great finish.” Already delicious, this wine promises greatness in the years to come.
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.
The old vine cuvée is the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Cuvée Du Papet, which sees more stems and is brought up in foudre. It has a similar purity of fruit compared to the classic cuvée, yet it shows slightly more stem influence in its ground pepper, crushed violets, earth, and obvious mineral-driven aromas and flavors. It's rich and flawlessly balanced, with ripe, present tannins and a great finish.