From a producer rated outstanding by Robert Parker.
This is the best value Châteauneuf du Pape I know of – it’s a must try wine with a great story. This beautiful wine is from a single walled vineyard in the heart of Châteauneuf du Pape yet it doesn’t mention anything about Châteauneuf on the label?
The reason for this is that in 1936 (when the appellation Châteauneuf du Pape was being drawn up) the owner of this property wanted nothing to do with the new appellation as he was proud of his nice plot of land and happy enough staying as the traditional Cote du Rhone. He denied access to the agents drawing up the new boundaries and built a stone wall around his vineyard and because of this he was left out of the plans on every new map of the area even to this day.
Unfortunately for him Chateauneuf du Pape became more fashionable than Cote du Rhone and even now sells for roughly three times the price.
The dark, deep, inky colour of the wine shows immediately the concentration of the vintage. Nose of blackcurrants, black tea, dried flowers is definitely standing out. The mouth is rich, fruity, velvety, with an incredibly layered tannin structure. The wine is balanced, pure, really intense and long, an incredible ageing potential. Grenache noir (37 %), Syrah (29 %), Mourvèdre (27 %), Cinsault (7%).
Decanter 93/100 The Wine Advocate 92/100