Les Olivets represents a classically provençale style of Châteauneuf, redolent with dried herbs and bright red fruit, while Prestige is dense, structured, and darkly fruited. Between these two styles is Didier’s Reserve, a blend of Grenache with Syrah, Mourvèdre, Syrah, and Cinsault from vines between 60 and 75 years old. It is sourced from the lieux dits of Mont Olivet (red clay and galets) and Les Bosquets (sand), which combines the power and structure of the former with a freshness and aromatic complexity of the latter.
A blend of 80% Grenache with 10% each Mourvèdre and Syrah, the 2020 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve marries hints of dried flowers with black cherries and a touch of cocoa. Full-bodied and concentrated, this is less flattering to taste than the Les Olivets at this stage, but it should still be excellent in time. Drinking Date: 2023-2035