The 2018 Chateauneuf de Pape Cuvee Vielle Vignes is powerful right out the gate with first scores of JD95-97 points. Ink-black berries drip over graphite and scorched earth. Jeb Dunneck calls it “pure class” and his write-up had us drooling. It won’t be easy to wait 2 more years for full maturity, but it’ll be worth it for the next 2 decades of this rocking Rhone red.
The 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Cuvée Vieilles Vignes (only 30% destemmed) is more powerful than the Chaupin cuvée and has a rocking bouquet of blackberries, cassis, scorched earth, graphite, and licorice, that develops beautifully with time in the glass. Rich, full-bodied, concentrated, and layered on the palate, it has integrated acidity, present yet ripe tannins, and a beautiful finish. Pure class, it’s going to benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age and keep for two decades.