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Chateauneuf du Pape 2016 Le top 200 des vins du millésime


 Chateauneuf du Pape 2016 Le top 200 des vins du millésime

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Le rapport Chateauneuf du Pape 2016.

Je goûte beaucoup de vin. Si vous regardez 50 à 100 vins le matin, vous trouverez généralement de longues taches de vin moyen ou pire, ennuyeux.

Ce sont les longues et ennuyeuses parcelles inintéressantes qui font que la dégustation de vin est si efficace. Dans cet esprit, pourquoi est-ce que je commence mon rapport Chateauneuf du Pape 2016?

Parce qu’il a été facile d’essayer plus de 200 vins de l’appellation Chateaunuef du Pape 2016. Lors de la dégustation, je me demandais si je devenais fou parce que le vin après le vin était si bon!

Chaque vin était passionnant à voir, tourbillonner, sentir, sentir et goûter. Des vins souvent ternes avec du bon. Les vins qui étaient bons étaient maintenant très forts. Et les vins souvent remarquables ont été des références cette année! Mes scores pourraient sembler généreux. Mais ces vins le méritent!

Chateauneuf du Pape 2016 est le millésime le plus homogène pour toutes les appellations que j’aie jamais essayé! Presque tous les vins que j’ai essayés étaient prometteurs et offraient constamment des arômes complexes, des tanins soyeux, de la fraîcheur et de l’équilibre. Au sommet, vous trouverez une belle pureté du fruit avec des finitions qui ne veulent pas s’arrêter.

Comment tout cela s’est-il passé? Il est important de comprendre que Châteauneuf du Pape 2016 est le produit de journées très chaudes et de bonnes baisses de température pendant la nuit, qui donnent aux vins fraîcheur, tanins mûrs, doux et concentration.

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La saison de croissance de Châteauneuf du Pape 2016 a bien commencé. L’hiver est relativement doux. Au printemps, une grande partie de ce que les producteurs ont vécu était sec et frais. Les dernières averses ont eu lieu fin mai.

De là, l’été a été chaud, ensoleillé et surtout sec avec des nuits fraîches. En septembre, le vignoble pleuvait au bon moment, donnant un coup de pouce aux vignes pour atteindre une parfaite maturité phénolique.

La récolte de certains producteurs a commencé à la mi-septembre. A partir de là, en fonction du terroir, de l’âge des vignes et des souhaits des vignerons, certains domaines n’ont achevé la vendange qu’en octobre.

2016 Chateauneuf du Pape et en effet toute la vallée sud du Rhône est fabuleux pour les vins rouges et blancs. Mais le millésime cogne pour les vins rouges. En effet, plusieurs caves ont produit les meilleurs vins de l’histoire de la propriété!

La couleur montre une bonne profondeur sur toute la planche. Les vins sont concentrés, longs, complexes et aromatiques. Au mieux, les vins présentent une texture élégante et soyeuse avec une finesse incroyable. Les vins offrent une forte pureté de fruits qui brille vraiment cette année.

Les vins sont le produit d’un millésime ensoleillé, mais il y a beaucoup de fraîcheur et d’équilibre. Ces vins sont si bons qu’ils sont un plaisir aujourd’hui!

Nous sommes donc sûrs que mes éloges exubérants dans mes notes de dégustation, associés aux meilleures notes que j’ai accordées à Chateauneuf dans le passé, ne reflètent pas à quel point ces vins sont excitants lorsque vous aimez les vins du sud de la vallée du Rhône , n’allez pas chercher certaines de ces beautés pour votre sous-sol!

Je remercie tous les producteurs qui m’ont permis d’essayer leurs vins cette année. Veuillez noter que vous n’avez besoin que de 2 clics si vous souhaitez publier un avis sur votre page Facebook. Cliquez simplement sur le logo Facebook à la fin de votre note sur le côté droit de la page. Accédez simplement à la page en utilisant le lien dans la note de dégustation ou utilisez la fonction de recherche d’articles.

Les vins suivants de Châteauneuf du Pape 2016 ont été dégustés lors de ma dernière visite à Châteauneuf dans des conditions non aveugles.

2016 3 Cellier Chateauneuf-du-Pape Alchemy – Corps moyen, en avant, fruité et déjà au bon endroit pour le goût, la douceur des fruits rouges, la concentration et les textures douces en font le parfait pour une boisson vive et jeune. Le vin est composé à 60% de Grenache et de divers autres cépages. 94 points

2016 3 Cellier Chateauneuf-du-Pape Eternelle – C’est élégant, doux, soyeux, floral et frais. Les fruits rouge foncé sont mûrs, juteux et sucrés. Les tanins sont longs, complexes et polis, ce que vous pouvez sentir dans la finale luxuriante de cerise noire. Le vin est issu de vieilles vignes de Grenache 100%. 96 points

2016 3 Cellier Chateauneuf-du-Pape Marceau – Les feuilles juteuses de fruits rouges foncés, les épices, le poivre et les notes herbacées donnent un vin avant-gardiste, terreux, bavard, poivré, plein et riche. Le vin est composé à 50% de Mourvèdre, 30% de Grenache et d’autres cépages différents. 93 points

2016 3 Cellier Chateauneuf-du-Pape Privilège – Puissant, fumé, caillouteux et concentré, le vin est plein de fruits noirs, de textures charnues, de poivre noir et de fraîcheur. À l’arrière, il y a de la réglisse, des épices et une profonde profondeur de goût avec des cerises noires et des cerises qui ne s’arrêtent pas. Le vin devrait vieillir assez bien. Le vin est issu d’un assemblage de 60% Syrah, 30% Grenache et 10% Mourvèdre. 95 points

2016 Alain Jaume Vieux Terron – Corps moyen, frais, doux et plein de fraîcheur cerise, fraise et poivre. Vous devriez pouvoir en profiter juste devant la porte. Le vin reste vraiment avec vous dans des tons juteux, épicés, réglissés et à base de plantes. Le vin a été élaboré avec 70% de grenache, 20% de syrah et 10% de mourvèdre. 94 points

2016 Albin Jacumin â Aimé – Soyeux, frais et doux, avec de la fraîcheur, de la complexité et un caractère alcoolique précoce. Ce gagnant sensuellement structuré sera impressionnant immédiatement. La réglisse, le poivre et les épices apportent toutes les complexités nécessaires pour des fruits doux, mûrs et doux en finale. L’assemblage dominé par le grenache contient la plupart des cépages autorisés. 90 points

2016 Albin Jacumin La Begude Des Papes – Corps moyen, élégant, poli, raffiné, doux et sucré. Le fruit est mûr, frais et épicé. Les herbes et les fruits forment une excellente combinaison qui se démarque en finale. Le vin est issu d’un assemblage à 70% de Grenache, 15% de Syrah, 12% de Mourvèdre et 3% de Cinsault. 91 points

2016 André Mathieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape – Des fruits rouges sucrés éclatent dès le départ. Le vin est doux, fraîchement poli et fruité, avec de la fraîcheur et des framboises noires mûres et confites en finale. Bien que le mélange se compose principalement de Grenache, vous trouverez également différents pourcentages des 13 cépages différents autorisés. 91 points

2016 André Mathieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vin di Felibre – Corps moyen / ample, doux et frais avec une forte tendance au côté garrigue et olive. La finale douce et poivrée de fruits rouges foncés apporte fraîcheur et énergie. Le vin a été élaboré en assemblant 80% de mourvèdre, 10% de grenache, 5% de syrah et 5% de différents cépages agréés. 93 points

2016 André Mathieu La Centenaire – Fruits épicés, tanins soyeux, styles élégants et pureté sont les maîtres mots de ce vin. Les fruits doux, rouges, poivrés et la réglisse sont présents du début à la fin et sont chargés de fenouil et de poivre, de framboises noires et de cerise. Le vin a été mélangé avec 80% de vieilles vignes de Grenache, 10% de mourvèdre, 5% de syrah et les 5% restants proviennent d’autres cépages approuvés par l’AOC. 95 points

2016 Paul Autard Chateauneuf-du-Pape – Le chêne est la première chose que vous remarquerez avant de passer à des couches de fruits mûrs sucrés et à la texture opulente. Ici, il y a de la pureté et du poids, avec beaucoup de fruits en finale, ainsi que du bois. Cela prendra un certain temps avant que tout ne s’assemble et que le chêne s’intègre mieux. Le vin est issu d’un assemblage à 70% de Grenache, 20% de Syrah et 10% de Mourvèdre. Le vin a vieilli pendant 14 mois en fûts de chêne français neufs à 30%. 90 points

2016 Paul Autard Cuvee Juline – Le vin noir, qui est fait à parts égales de Grenache et Syrah, est grand, puissant, dense et concentré et ressemblant à du chêne. Selon la couleur, vous pouvez facilement trouver de l’encens, un expresso, une boîte à épices et de la fumée pour accompagner tous les fruits rouges foncés. Il y a de la douceur et de la profondeur ainsi que de la vivacité et de l’opulence. Le fruit est parfaitement mûr et le fruit est rond et luxuriant, mais vous devez passer devant le chêne et laisser le vin vieillir avant d’arriver à la vraie beauté qui peut être trouvée ici. Le vin est élevé pendant 19 mois en fût de chêne français 100% neuf avant la mise en bouteille. Juline, du nom de Jules Autard et de Pauline Autard, les enfants de la famille Autard, est l’un des vins les plus modernes de Châteauneuf du Pape. 94 pts

2016 Juliette Avril – Charmeur mi-corsé, avant, facile à boire, dominé par les cerises avec de bons fruits, de la texture et du caractère pour une consommation précoce. 90 points

2016 Juliette Avril Cuvee Maxence – Vin doux, structuré, élégant, raffiné, soyeux, fraîchement coiffé avec une douceur de fruits et une profondeur de goût qui devrait bien boire une fois libéré. 92 points

2016 la Barroche Fiancee – De fortes notes de poivre noir, de garrigue, de barbecue et de fruits rouges mûrs marquent le début. En bouche, le vin est corsé, profond et plein d’olives, de cailloux, de cailloux et de fruits rouges plus profonds, plus foncés, mûrs, plus doux, épicés, frais. Le vin a été élaboré en mélangeant 50% de grenache avec 50% de syrah. 96 points

2016 la Barroche Pure – C’est de la pure soie et du velours. Le vin est incroyablement riche et pourtant presque sans poids. La fraîcheur du fruit, associée à la vivacité, au poivre, à la longueur et aux textures de velours, est hors de propos. Le vin se dilate et devient plus complexe lorsqu’il coule sur votre palais. Ceci est un jus magnifique avec une finition qui reste avec vous pendant près de 60 secondes! Le vin, comme vous le savez probablement déjà, tire son nom du fait qu’il est issu à 100% de vieux cépage Grenache pur. 100 points

2016 la Barroche Signature – des fruits rouges soyeux, sucrés, frais, doux, élégants, mûrs et épicés avec une profondeur de goût. En bouche, le vin montre des propriétés moelleuses et polies avec un accent vert olive et poivré qui se trouve sur la finale de tous les fruits mûrs et juteux. Le vin est composé de 62% de Grenache et de divers autres cépages autorisés. 96 points

2016 Lucien Barrot et Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape – Corps moyen avec des fruits rouges épicés, des olives et une forte note herbacée en finale. Le vin a été élaboré à partir d’un assemblage de 80% de grenache, 15% de syrah et de diverses autres variétés. 88 points

2016 La Bastide Saint-Dominique Chateauneuf-du-Pape – Luxueusement structuré, corsé, poli, sexy et complexe, le fruit est mûr, il y a de la densité, de la longueur, de la pureté et des framboises et prunes épicées, douces et noires dans les rochers de finition ! Le vin a été élaboré en assemblant 80% de grenache, 10% de syrah, 7% de mourvèdre et 3% de cinsault. 94 points

2016 La Bastide Saint-Dominique Les Hespérides – pureté et fraîcheur, élégance et profondeur, complexité et caractère créent une beauté. Le vin est juteux, frais, épicé et corsé, avec une finale soyeuse, épicée, de thym et de poivre. Le vin a été élaboré avec un mélange de 50% de grenache et 50% de mourvèdre. 91 points

2016 La Bastide Saint-Dominique Les Secrets de Pignan – C’est pure soie et sensualité. Le fruit est parfaitement mûr, les tanins doux et polis et exaltants. Le vin offre la douceur, la pureté des fruits, des notes épicées et une longue finale complexe de réglisse, d’épices et de cerise rouge pure. Quelques années au sous-sol ajouteront encore plus de caractère et de complexité. Le vin est issu de vignes 100% Grenache. 98 points

2016 La Bastide Saint-Dominique Crous Saint Martin – Parlez de tout! Des textures luxuriantes et décadentes, une intensité gustative, une longueur, des tanins soyeux et la pureté des fruits. Le vin couvre la bouche mais n’est jamais lourd. Au lieu de cela, vous trouverez de la fraîcheur, de la vivacité et la nécessité d’essayer encore et encore juste pour être sûr. Fabriqué à partir d’un mélange de 80% de grenache, 10% de mourvèdre et 10% de syrah. 97 points

2016 Beaucastel – Il est facile de se perdre dans la complexité aromatique avec toutes les notes de poivre, de feuille, de terre humide, d’épices, de vieux bois, de cerise noire et de prune. En bouche, le vin est poli, profond, frais, concentré et doux. Il y a une pureté et une symétrie du vin ici, avec une bouche propre de fruits cette année, ce qui en fait également une étape jeune ravissante ici. Marc Perrin estime qu’il s’agit du meilleur vin produit ici depuis le duo de 1989 et 1990. Je suis sûr que c’est mieux que les deux années précédentes. C’est un vin à couper le souffle qui mérite votre attention pour trouver et essayer une bouteille. Cela devrait avoir la capacité de vieillir pendant des décennies. 98 points

2016 Beaucastel Hommage à Jacques Perrin – Couleur rouge rubis extrêmement foncé, le vin est incroyablement raffiné. Il offre une combinaison de force, richesse, profondeur, intensité et fraîcheur. Le vin est tacheté, riche en bouche, épicé et frais. Il n’y a aucun bord dur ici. Pendant que le vin repose dans le verre, vous trouverez des parfums d’animaux associés à des fruits noirs et bleus, 5 épices, des fleurs et une corne d’abondance d’herbes dans le nez. Il y a une richesse qui ne peut être ignorée, mais la flottabilité et la vivacité du fruit permettent à tout de continuer. La cible y reste plus de 60 secondes. C’est le meilleur millésime Hommage Perrin jamais produit, et ça dit vraiment quelque chose! Si vous avez de l’argent et que vous pouvez trouver quelques bouteilles, c’est une future légende dont on parle depuis des décennies! Le vin est issu d’un assemblage à 85% de mourvèdre, 5% de syrah, 5% de grenache et 5% de counoise. Au fur et à mesure que les vignes vieillissent, le mélange contiendra probablement plus de Mourvèdre dans les prochains millésimes. 100 points

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2016 Beauchene Grande Réserve – Ici vous trouverez des fruits rouges terreux, poivrés, doux, mûrs avec de la fraîcheur, des tanins doux et une finale juteuse et épicée. Ce sera délicieux une fois sorti. Le vin a été élaboré avec 80% de grenache, 15% de mourvèdre et 5% de syrah. 90 points

2016 Beauchene Homage à Odette Bernard – Ce vin au corps moyen et au style ouvert contient des fruits rouges épicés, poivrés, doux et ronds avec énergie et flottabilité. Le vin était composé à 80% de Grenache, 15% de Syrah et 5% de Mourvèdre. 92 points

2016 Beaurenard (Paul Coulon et Fils) – Le vin est mûr, rond, luxuriant et juteux et offre des textures sensuelles et des couches de notes fraîches et juteuses de cerise et de cerise. Attaquant et corsé, vous devriez pouvoir en profiter dès sa sortie. Le vin est élaboré à partir de Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre et de divers autres cépages autorisés. 93 points

2016 Beaurenard Boisrenard – Cerises noires pures et foncées, tanins structurés veloutés et vagues d’épices, de réglisse, de prune, de cerise et de poivre. Riche, luxuriant et long, mais équilibré, frais et pur, c’est magnifiquement hédoniste dans le bon sens. Le vin a été élaboré à partir d’un assemblage à dominance de grenache avec près de 70% de grenache, qui utilise également du vieux mourvèdre, de la syrah et tous les autres cépages autorisés de l’appellation. 96 points

2016 Berthet-Rayne – Corps moyen et chargé de cerises juteuses, sucrées et mûres. Le vin est moelleux, frais et direct, ce qui en fait un plaisir à déguster dès sa sortie. Le vin était mélangé à 65% de Grenache, 20% de Mourvèdre, 10% de Cinsault et 5% de Syrah. 92 points

2016 Berthet-Rayne Cuvee Cadiac – corps moyen, avant, doux et lisse. Le vin épicé, fruité, charmant et doucement structuré est raffiné, élégant et ouvert. Vous pouvez en profiter lorsque vous le publiez. Le vin est issu d’un assemblage dominé par le Grenache, ainsi que tous les autres cépages autorisés de l’appellation. 93 points

2016 Berthet-Rayne Vieilli et Fut de Chene – terreux, garrigue, fruits rouges profonds, grange, épices noires et réglisse soulignent les arômes complexes. En bouche, le vin est luxuriant, rond et onctueux, laissant de la réglisse et des prunes juteuses et poivrées en fin de bouche. Vous pouvez certainement profiter de cette beauté dans votre jeunesse. Le vin est issu d’un assemblage à 65% de Grenache, 30% de Mourvèdre et 5% de Counoise. 92 points

2016 Bienheureux – Doux et salé, mi-corsé, terreux, léger et croustillant. Le vin frais aux fruits rouges a été élaboré à partir d’un assemblage de 90% de grenache avec 10% de Counoise. 90 points

2016 Jean-Pierre Boisson Domaine du Père Caboche – Souple, soyeux et poli, avec une bonne fraîcheur, longueur et pureté dans ses fruits doux, cerise, cerise et prune. Le vin est composé à 80% de Grenache, 15% de Syrah et 5% de Mourvèdre. 92 points

2016 Jean-Pierre Boisson Domaine du Père Caboche Vieille Vignes Elisabeth Chambellan – Doux, salé frais et avec des baies rouges polies et de la cerise sur le côté épicé. Le vin est issu d’un assemblage à 88% de Grenache, 10% de Syrah et 2% de Mourvèdre. 93 points

2016 Bosquet des Papes Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes – Souple, soyeuse, polie et raffinée, la réglisse noire se marie parfaitement avec la cerise pure, douce, poivrée et épicée. Ce vin sexy est corsé, élégant et équilibré. Il y a de la longueur et de la pureté dans un beau style parfait pour ce millésime. Le vin était composé à 86% de vieux grenaches, 7% de syrah et 7% de mourvèdre. 98 points

2016 Bosquet des Papes Tradition – style finesse, concentré, frais et poli avec une tendance élégante vers le fruit doux et mûr, il y a de la flottabilité, du caractère et de la complexité. Le vin a été assemblé à partir de 75% Grenache, 12% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah, 1% Vaccarese et 1% Counoise et 1% Cinsault. 93 points

2016 Bosquet des Papes La Folie – framboises noires, cerise, cerise et notes florales chantent leur chanson. Le vin est d’une pure décadence soyeuse. Il y a un petit morceau de bois neuf qui est complètement mangé par toutes les couches de fruits parfaitement mûrs. La pureté du fruit frappe ici. L’objectif semble aller pour toujours. Je pourrais sous-estimer ce vin car il est si agréable à boire. Le vin est composé à 80% de vieux grenaches et à 20% de mourvèdre. 97 points

2016 Cabrieres Chateauneuf-du-Pape – Riche et lisse, avec des couches de prune douce, mûre, juteuse, rouge, cerise et cerise. Le vin est soyeux, frais, juteux et vif, avec une longueur et une douceur en finale épicée. Le vin est issu d’un assemblage à 50% de Grenache, 20% de Syrah, 20% de Mourvèdre et 10% de Cinsault. Au fil du temps, cela pourrait être encore mieux si tout se met en place. 92 points

2016 Le Clos du Caillou Châteauneuf du Pape Tradition – cerise, cerise, fraise et autres fruits rouges et réglisse se mélangent parfaitement ici. Le vin est pur, frais, doux et soyeux. Le vin promet de s’améliorer avec l’âge. Le vin est issu d’un assemblage à 85% de grenache et 15% de syrah. 94 points

2016 Le Clos du Caillou La Réserve – D’une forte intensité de couleur, le vin dégage des fruits noirs, épicés, mûrs, luxuriants. Puissance et pureté, longueur et fraîcheur, caractère et complexité se combinent pour former des couches de cerises mûres, fraîches, pures et poivrées. Le fruit a une pureté qui se démarque. Le vin se déploie en milieu de bouche et la longueur en finale est incroyable! Le vin est issu d’un assemblage à 65% de Grenache et 35% de Mourvèdre. 100 points

2016 Le Clos du Caillou Les Safres – fruits rouges profonds, tanins soyeux, épices, pureté, fraîcheur et une finale poivrée et mûre avec des fruits rouges vont parfaitement ensemble ici. Le vin est composé à 95% de Grenache, 2% de Mourvèdre, 2% de Cinsault et 1% de Vaccarese. 96 points

2016 Chanssaud d’Antan – corps moyen, élégant, doux, doux et poli. Les baies rouge vif sont fraîches, légèrement épicées et se terminent par une pointe d’olives vertes et d’herbes. Cela devrait bien boire dans sa jeunesse. 91 points

2016 Chanssaud Chateauneuf-du-Pape – Vin rond, mûr, mûr, rond, à boire tôt avec des fruits rouges mûrs et une finale moelleuse et structurée. 89 points

2016 Chante Cigale – Herbes fraîches, fleurs, fumée et cerise forment le nez. En bouche, le vin est fraîchement raffiné, doux, juteux et doucement structuré. La douceur des cerises reste avec vous pendant un certain temps après la fin. C’est très charmant en goût. Le vin est issu d’un assemblage de 65% de Grenache, 20% de Syrah, 10% de Mourvèdre et 5% de Cinsault. 92 points

2016 Chante Cigale Extrait – L’un des vins les plus sombres du millésime, qui ressemble à une dégustation de fruits rouges veloutés, poivrés, noirs et poivrés. Concentré, long et luxuriant, le fruit ne couvre que votre palais. Cependant, ce n’est pas encombrant, c’est frais, vif, pur, complexe et juteux du début à la fin. Le vin est conditionné dans une bouteille surdimensionnée avec une capsule de cire qui se démarque presque autant sur le plateau qu’en bouche. Le vin est issu d’un assemblage à 70% de Mourvèdre, associé à 30% de vieilles vignes de Grenache. 96 points

2016 Chante Cigale Vieilles Vignes – Chargé de fruits noirs, mûrs, doux, rouges et de boîtes d’épices, le vin est concentré, vif et ouvert. Au nez et en bouche, vous trouverez également des tanins souples, de la réglisse, de la cerise et du poivre noir. Le vin est issu d’un assemblage de 80% de vieilles vignes de Grenache, 15% de Syrah et 5% de Mourvèdre. 94 points

2016 Chante Perdrix – Frais, juteux, épicé et sucré, épicé, poivré, fruits rouges foncés, élégant à l’avant, avec de nombreuses baies douces et fraîches en finale. 91 points

2016 Chante Perdrix, Henri Perges – Profond, sombre et intense, le vin est corsé et intense. Il y a de la force ici, ainsi que des tanins. Mais les fruits rouge foncé, poivrés et épicés sont parfaitement mûrs, définitivement frais et il y a beaucoup de caractère épicé dans le long milieu de bouche et en finale. Cependant, il faudra du temps au sous-sol pour adoucir. Soyez donc prêt à être patient. Le vin a été élaboré avec 100% de mourvèdre. 95 points

2016 Chante Perdrix – Les fleurs, le poivre et la cerise douce mûre commencent. Le vin est soyeux, frais, élégant et doux. La finale donne envie de plus de cette beauté avec tous les fruits rouges mûrs et juteux en finale. 96 points

2016 Chapelle St. Theoderich La Guigasse – la garrigue, le poivre, la cerise mûre, la cerise juteuse et les prunes noires sont partout. Concentré, luxuriant, sensuel et frais, le vin a de la force, de l’élégance et la capacité de vieillir et de se développer. Le vin est issu de vieilles vignes de Grenache 100%. 95 points

2016 Chapelle St. Theodoric le Grand Pin – Fumé, Long, Riche, Soyeux et Poli Le vin est profondément concentré, élégant, poli et frais. Ici, il y a de la longueur et de la densité avec la capacité de vieillir. Le vin est issu de vieilles vignes de Grenache 100%. 94 points

2016 Chapelle St. Theoderich Les Sablons – framboise noire et notes florales aux accents de réglisse caractérisent le vin. Frais, élégant, lisse et sexy, le fruit est élégant, doux et mûr, avec une cerise dans la finale cerise pure. Le vin est issu de vieilles vignes de Grenache 100%. 93 points

2016 Chapoutier Barbe Rac – Le meilleur vin du Rhône Sud de Chapoutier présente des couches de fruits raffinés, élégants, soyeux, purement rouges. La fraîcheur, la pureté et la longueur que l’on retrouve ici, avec toute leur maturité, si; cerise structurée ky est un jeu d’enfant. Je peux personnellement confirmer l’agilité de ce vin, alors donnez-lui du temps car il peut vieillir jusqu’à 3 décennies! Le vin est issu de vieilles vignes de Grenache 100%. 97 points

2016 Chapoutier Croix de Bois – Poivré avec beaucoup de thym, garrigue, cerise et framboise noire. Le vin est frais, pur et soyeux avec une finale luxuriante, veloutée, épicée, rouge et fruitée. Le vin est issu de raisins 100% Grenache. 96 points

2016 Chapoutier La Bernadine – Le chateauneuf d’entrée de gamme de Chapoutier est mi-corsé, ouvert et en avant, avec beaucoup de fruits rouges mûrs, épicés, doux, juteux, poivrés et vifs. C’est parfait pour boire du Grenache tôt. Le vin est issu d’un assemblage dominé par le Grenache avec un peu de Syrah. 91 points

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2016 Charbonniere Chateauneuf-du-Pape – Gewürzbox-Aromen sind perfekt für die reichen, tiefen, frischen, süßen, runden, geschmeidigen strukturierten roten Beeren. Das pfeffrige, plumige, weich strukturierte Finish schmeckt so gut, wie es sich anfühlt. Trinken Sie dieses junge oder altern Sie es für mehr sekundäre Nuancen. 92 Punkte

2016 Charbonniere Mourre des Perdrix – Der Wein kombiniert Frische, Eleganz und pfeffrige, würzige, rote Früchte mit der Kräuterqualität der Südrhône und hinterlässt einen fabelhaften, pfefferigen Kick im Abgang. Die Mischung wurde aus 69% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre und 1% Cinsault hergestellt. 93 Punkte

2016 Charbonniere Cuvee Speciale Les Hautes Brusquieres – Die Tiefe des Geschmacks ist noch deutlicher als die dunkle Farbe, in der der Wein konzentriert, vollmundig und intensiv ist. Würzig, fleischig, rauchig, mit Schichten von schwarzen Himbeeren auf Schritt und Tritt, geben Sie diese Zeit im Keller, damit sich der Syrah weiterentwickelt und die Tannine ebenfalls weich werden. Das sollte schön altern. Der Wein wurde mit einer Mischung aus 60% Grenache und 40% Syrah hergestellt. 95 Punkte

2016 Domaine de la Charbonniere Vieilles Vignes – Der konzentrierte Wein hat eine tiefe rubinrote Farbe und ist üppig strukturiert, rund, süß und sinnlich. Die seidigen Tannine und Schichten süßer, reifer, reiner Kirschen fühlen, schmecken und riechen betörend. Der Wein wurde aus 90% alten Grenache-Reben hergestellt, die mit 10% Mourvedre temperiert waren. 97 Punkte

2016 Charvin – Poliert, Reinheit der Früchte, Länge und Frische, zusammen mit seidigen Texturen, Konzentration und Symmetrie. Klassisch auf die richtige Art und Weise, dies ist ein Knockout-Wein und ein Anwärter auf den besten Jahrgang, den Charvin bisher produziert hat! Der Wein wurde aus 82% Grenache, 5% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre, 4% Counoise und 4% Vaccarese hergestellt. 96 points

2016 Clef de Saint Thomas Pierre Troupel – Würzig, frisch, süß und lebendig, mit saftigen schwarzen Himbeeren und Pfeffer. Der Wein ist mittelkräftig, vorwärts und sollte früh Freude bereiten. Der Wein wurde zu gleichen Teilen aus 70% Grenache und 50% Syrah hergestellt. 90 Punkte

2016 Domaine Clef de Saint Thomas La Clef de St. Thomas – Vorwärts, seidig weich und frisch, bietet der Wein süße, dunkle Kirschnoten mit würzigen Akzenten in einem offenen, leicht zu magenden Stil mit Charakter. Der Wein wurde aus einer Mischung von 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah und 10% Mourvedre hergestellt. Dies wird am besten in seiner Jugend genossen. 88 Punkte

2016 Clos des Brusquieres – The floral notes pop right away before you’re able to discover soft, juicy, plums, cherries, floral nuances and kirsch. I like the length, fruit and depth in this vintage. The wine was produced using 70% Grenache, with various other allowable varieties. 92 Pts

2016 Clos des Papes – The spicy cherries might be the first thing you notice, but it only gets better from there with all the flowers, pepper, herbs and kirsch that kicks in from there. Full bodied, rich, concentrated and luxurious in texture, the sensuous layers of cherry, plum and kirsch seem endless as they build and expand in the finish. The fruit has a beautiful purity and intensity that makes you want to taste it again and again. There is a hint of licorice and salinity in the finish that comes out with air. The wine is a blend of 55% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah and the remaining 5% consists of various, allowable grape varieties. This is a monumental vintage for Clos des Papes that should not be missed by fans of this wine. 100 Pts

2016 Clos du Mont Olivet – Luscious, forward, spicy, fresh, sweet, black raspberries, plums and cherries taste and feel great. The texture is silky and the fruit on the palate sticks with you long after the wine has left the glass. 92 Pts

2016 Clos du Mont Olivet Le Petiit Mont – Forward, fresh and vibrant, the wine is already delicious with its medium bodied, display of soft, sweet, peppery red fruits. The wine made its debut with the 2005 vintage. 89 Pts

2016 Clos du Mont Olivet Papet – Flowers, pepper, black raspberry and kirsch are in your face. Full bodied, soft and polished, the wine is opulent, rich, full bodied, sweet and pure. There is a wealth of fruit here that fills your palate. The fruit is pure and refined, with silky tannins in the finish. 96 points

2016 Clos Saint Antonin – This new wine, from the owners of DomaineJanasse is loaded with garrigue, bayleaf, olives, cherries, black raspberries and thyme. Plush, round, silky, fresh and sweet, the combination of fresh and spicy really works here in the finish. This is quite an extraordinary first effort. The wine was made from 100% Grenache. 95 Pts

2016 Clos Saint Michel Chateauneuf-du-Pape – Deep in color and fruit, the wine is round, supple and fresh, The tannins have a hint of salt, the fruit comes with added nuances of black cherries, thyme and pepper with a backing note of smoke. The wine is a blend of 40% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre and 30% Syrah. 92 Pts

2016 Clos Saint Michel Reservée – It is impossible not to see, taste and feel the richness, depth, sweetness and purity of the fruit here. Lush in texture, long and with depth of flavor, give this some time in the cellar to further round out, soften and add more nuance. The wine is a blend of 40% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre and 30% Syrah. 95 Pts

2016 Comte de Lauze – Medium bodied, with spicy peppery fruits, elegant textures, freshness and sweetness, this charmer is ready when you are. You can easily enjoy this on release. The wine was made from blending 80% Grenache with 20% Syrah. 92 Pts

2016 Comte de Lauze Reserve de la Comtesse – Flowers, cherries and thyme are what you find first. On the palate the medium/full bodied wine is soft, round, rich, deep and inviting, with freshness and ripe fruits galore. The wine is made from blending 60% Grenache with 40% Syrah. This is the best wine ever produced by Comte de Lauze! 95 Pts

2016 Cote de lAnge Chateauneuf-du-Pape – Medium bodied, forward, lush, polished wine with ripe, sweet, fruits and hints of coffee, thyme and cherries in the mix. The plushly textured wine was made from blending 65% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah. This is a big leap up from previous vintages. 93 Pts

2016 Cristia Renaissance – Deep in color, the wine is big, juicy and rich, a well as luscious in texture, The fruits are perfectly ripe, there is density, freshness and complexity. But this is not your grandmothers Chateauneuf du Pape. Instead, this is a delicious example of a concentrated, richly textured, ripe, juicy, modern styled Southern Rhone that has it all going on. The wine is made from 60% Grenache and 40% Mourvedre. 95 Pts

2016 Cuvee du Vatican – Medium bodied, with a salty accent to the garrigue dusted, crisp, red fruits. This should drink well young. The wine is made using 65% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre. 89 Pts

2016 Fines Roches Cuvée des Fines Roches – Medium bodied, soft, refined, silky red fruits, cracked pepper and kirsch are all over the place. Forward in style, the wine has sweetness and ripe tannins that makes for early drinking pleasure. The wine was produced from 34% Mourvedre, 33% Grenache and 33% Syrah. 92 Pts

2016 Fines Roches – Medium bodied, elegant, soft and refined, the wine is fresh, soft and sweet, with a nice, juicy, kirsch note on the backend that will be perfect for early drinking pleasure. The wine was produced from 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 8% Mourvedre, 5% Cinsault and equal parts of Cinsault and Muscardin. 90 Pts

2016 La Destinee de Clement V – Peppery black raspberries, garrgue, mint and herbs open the nose. The wine is medium bodied, fresh, sweet, ripe and juicy. Easy to drink with its soft, silky textures fruity character and freshness. The wine is owned and produced by Bernard Magrez, who is best known for owning Chateau Pape Clement in Bordeaux. 92 Pts

2016 Jean Deydier Les Clefs d’Or – Medium bodied, elegant, fresh, and polished, this should be great to taste on release with all its ripe, luscious, soft, sweet, ripe, red berries. The wine was made from 65% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah and assorted other grape varieties. 91 points

2016 Jean Deydier Les Clefs d’Or Les Craus Centenaires – Rich, ripe, lush, round, supple, lure, fresh kirsch, the wine shows purity, elegance, balance and freshness, with a nice peppery kick in the finish. Produced from 100% old vine Grenache. 95 Pts

2016 La Fagotiere – Soft textured, medium bodied, spicy and loaded with garrigue on the palate and the nose, the finish offers olives and kirsch in the endnote. The wine was produced from 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre. 90 Pts

2016 La Fagotiere Le Rigodon – Medium bodied, elegant, forward, soft, fresh and sweet, there is a polish to the tannins and a peppery character to the ripe, black raspberry and kirsch notes. The wine is made from blending 70% Grenache with 30% Mourvedre. 91 points

2016 Eddie Feraud – Peppery red fruits stand out here. The wine is lush, peppery, fresh and finishes with Herbs de Provence, spicy red berries and soft, textures. The wine is made from blending 85% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre and an array of various AOC allowable grapes. 91 points

2016 Eddie Feraud Cuvee Les Raisins Bleus – The licorice covered, spicy kirsch and cherries just rock. The wine is rich, supple, forward and sexy. The finish offers lift, silky textures and fresh, spicy fruits that do not want to quit. The wine is produced from blending 95% old vine Grenache with 5% coming from various, assorted, other grape varieties. 94 Pts

2016 Ferme Chabran – Fresh, soft, medium bodied, early red berry oriented charmer. The wine was made using 77% Grenache, 11% Mourvedre, 9% Counoise and 3% Syrah. 88 Pts

2016 de Ferrand Chateauneuf du Pape – Full bodied, lush, rich, ripe, round and fresh, the peppery, sweet, red fruits offer sweetness, purity, character and length. The wine was made from blending 90% Grenache, 8% Syrah and 2% Mourvedre. 92 Pts

2016 Ferrando Colombis – Deep ruby in color, the wine is concentrated, lush, round and peppery fresh. There is a definition to each layer of fruit that varies from black raspberry to kirsch. Opulent, rich and fresh, this is pure velvet in the mouth. The finish, with its purity of fruit seriously goes on and on. Complete decadence is the best way to describe this must have wine. The wine is made from 100% old vine Grenache. For a wine of this quality, it is one of the steals of the vintage. 100 Pts

2016 Font de Courtedune – Polished, medium bodied, bright, fresh, soft and sweet, this refined, elegant example of Chateauneuf du Pape will be easy to drink on release. The wine was produced from 99% Grenache and assorted other varieties. This was my first time seeing this wine, I hope it will not be my last. 92 Pts

2016 Fontavin Cuvee David et Goliat – Round, forward, juicy and lush, this modern styled wine pops with espresso, smoke, black cherries and spice. Lush and polished, ripe and sweet, this concentrated and complex wine can age, as well as show great in its youth, due to its round, fruit filled, open character. The wine is produced from 95% old vine Grenache and 5% Syrah and is aged in mostly, new oak barrels. 95 Pts

2016 Fontavin Trilogies – Floral, soft and polished, with silky, polished tannins, freshness and just enough spicy, peppery, black raspberry in the finish to satisfy. The wine was produced blending 80% Grenachre, 15% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre. 92 Pts

2016 Fortia Cuvee du Baron – Stony, spicy and peppery, the wine is full bodied and dark in color as well as in the fruit it offers. There is density and volume with freshness in the mineral driven finish. Give this some time in the bottle. The wine is made from a blend of 55% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 15% Mourvedre. 92 Pts

2016 Fortia Tradition – The spicy notes from the Mourvedre and depth and backbone from the Syrah bring the Grenache home. Medium bodied and fresh with a stony character the finish, this is the best Fortia tradition I can remember tasting in ages. The wine is made from 50% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre and 25% Syrah. 90 Pts

2016 Fortia Reserve – Pepper, smoked meat and red fruits are the first thing you note before moving on to the layers of sweet, lush, red fruits and spice on the palate. There is intensity and purity with a strong garrigue note in the ripe finish. The wine is made from 100% old vine Grenache.. 94 Pts

2016 Galevan Chateauneuf du Pape – Licorice, herbs, deep red fruits all combine to produce an opulent, round, richly textured wine with freshness, length and character. The wine was produced using 91% Grenache with 9% Mourvedre. 92 Pts

2016 Galevan St. Georges – Forward, soft, earthy and loaded with garrigue along with ripe, juicy red fruits. The wine was made from 100% old vine Grenache. 93 Pts

2016 Gardine Chateauneuf du Pape – Ripe, round, dark and juicy, the oak is out in front to greet you, followed by espresso, deep, dark waves of fruit, lush tannins and an opulent textured finish. 92 Pts

2016 Gardine Cuvee de Generations – Big, deep, powerful, fleshy and alcoholic, this makes quite an impression with all its layers of ripe, dark sweet, ripe, flesh fruits. 94 Pts

2016 la Genestiere – Licorice, dark plums and cherries on the nose palate, with a supple, round, luscious textured, sweet and peppery finish. The wine was produced from blending 49% Syrah, 36% Grenache, 7% Mourvedre and assorted other varieties. 90 Pts

2016 Georges-Lombriere Cuvée Marie – Medium bodied, with ripe cherries, pepper and licorice at its core, the wine is soft, polished, forward and loaded with early drinking, spicy charms. The wine was made from blending 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre. 91 points

2016 Gigognan Clos du Roi – Strong garrigue, herb and olive notes with salinty and peppery red fruits are out in front before you find the ripe, dark red fruits. Those characteristics carry through from start to finish. The wine is made from 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre. 92 Pts

2016 Gigognan Cuvee Cardinalice – Flowers, herbs, kirsch, black raspberry and licorice need little effort to find their way from your glass. On the palate, the rich wine is luscious, polished soft and fresh. There is concentration, energy and a nice saltiness in the fruity, plush finish. The super wine is created from 100% old vine Grenache. 94 Pts

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2016 Giraud Cuvee les Grenaches de Pierre – Flowers, wild cherries and thyme shoot out of the glass. The wine is fresh, vibrant, refined and focused on its purity and elegance. There is depth, concentration, length and minerality with a real purity to the fruits that truly expresses itself here. The stunning wine is made from 100% old vine Grenache. 99 Pts

2016 Giraud Les Gallimardes – Dark in hue, the wine offers rock and stones along with salty tannins that adds mineral nuances to the ripe, fresh, red berries. There is structure and backbone that will allow this beauty to age well. This is not a forward easy drinker, it will need time to fully express its full potential. The wine was made from blending 90% Grenache with 10% Syrah. 97 Pts

2016 Giraud Tradition – Full bodied, intense, lush, rich and with a serious depth of flavor, the fruit is sweet, spicy, fresh, long and intense. The finish is packed with ripe, dark cherries, black plum, kirsch and peppery spices. It’s hard to believe this is their entry level wine, because it’s so good. The wine was produced from blending 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre. 94 Pts

2016 Giuliana – Medium bodied, focusing on its, fresh, sweet, red fruit. Loads of garrigue here with a layer of kirsch and olives in the finish. 89 Pts

2016 Giuliana Les Galets Jenne – As you can easily surmise, this special cuvee takes its name from the large, blonde stones in the vineyard. Medium bodied, finesse in character and on the bright, fresh red berry side of the style range, the wine is crisp, juicy, peppery and leaves you with sweet red fruits in the finish. 91 points

2016 Grand Tinel Chateauneuf-du-Pape – Medium bodied, fresh, sweet and elegant in style, the juicy kirsch and thyme notes sticks with you from start to finish. 91 points

2016 Grand Tinel Alexis Establet – Black raspberry, kirsch, flowers and smoky earth gets your focus on the nose. The sexy, sensuous, ripe, elegant and fresh palate is where the action is. There is length and purity of fruit in the long, plush finish. The wine is made from 100% old vine Grenache. 95 Pts

2016 Grand Tinel Heres – Silk and velvet on the palate, the concentrated, full bodied wine has a depth of flavor, as well as elegance, refinement, and purity of fruit. It is effortless to drink and should age well for at least 2 decades. The wine was made from 100% old vine Grenache. 97 Pts

2016 Grand Veneur Le Miocène – Garrigue, mint, thyme, pepper, smoked meat and red fruits are all over the place. The palate shows sweet, lush, refined, red fruits that offer freshness, silky tannins and length. The wine was made using a blend of 70% old vine Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre. 94 Pts

2016 Grand Veneur Les Origines – Lush, opulent, ripe, deep fruits with loads of pepper, black cherry, fig and plum are all over the place. Concentrated, big and mouth filling, the wine has depth, length and staying power. The new oak used during the aging has faded into the layers of fruit. This is a very hedonistic style of wine. The wine was made with a blend of 50% old vine Grenache, 30% Mourvedre and 20% Syrah. 96 points

2016 Grand Veneur Vieilles Vignes – Ruby with ink in its hue, the wine is off the charts in the terms of concentration. Dense, mouth filling, long and intense, the wine coats every nook and cranny of your palate with layers of juicy, dark red fruits, spice, pepper and jam. The texture is akin to velvet. The fruit filled finish, with all its peppery goodness does not quit. The wine was made from blending 50% Grenache, 40% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah. 98 Pts

2016 Husson – Medium bodied, soft, polished, fresh, bright and fruity with an earthy garrigue and olive character to the finish. The wije was made from blending 60% Grenache, 37% Mourvedre and 3% Syrah. 90 Pts

2016 Janasse Chateauneuf du Pape – Already delicious, the wine is richly textured, with loads of peppery, slightly jammy, fresh, peppery fruits. The lush finish is juicy, fruity, round and sweet. The wine was made from blending 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault. 92 Pts

2016 Janasse Cuvee Chaupin – Smoky, fleshy and flashy, the wine is filled with layers of polished, perfectly, ripe, juicy sweet, fresh, vibrant, peppery plums and cherries. Full bodied, lush and rich, this is just great now and is only going to get better with age! The wine is made using 100% old vine Grenache. 96 points

2016 Janasse Vieilles Vignes – Deeply colored, this is incredibly concentrated. The wine is fleshy, silky and palate staining. The fruit coats your palate, but it’s never heavy, or overblown. Instead, everything is in balance. The richly textured wine has polish, length and purity, along with a sexy style and a finish that you cannot stop tasting, staying with you for over 50 seconds! The wine is a blend of 85% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 5%Mourvedre. 99 Pts

2016 Jas de Bressy Chateauneuf-du-Pape – Medium bodied, elegant soft, bright, sweet and fresh, the finish, juicy, spicy and sweet. The wine was made from 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre. 92 Pts

2016 Jean Royer Chateauneuf-du-Pape – Lusciously textured, with sweet, juicy kirsch and cherries, you also find tobacco, pepper and herbs to add nuance. The wine was made using 90% Grenache, 5% Syrah and 5% Cinsault. 93 Pts

2016 Domaine La Cabotte Vieilles Vignes – Lush and round in texture, the wine is full bodied, sweet, and polished. The wine is made from mostly old vine Grenache and other assorted, allowable, red and white grape varietals. 92 Pts

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2016 La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape – Smoke, incense, herbs and red fruits are in the nose. On the palate, the wine offers round, sweet, ripe, smoky, dark red berries, finishing with a real sense of plushness. The wine is concentrated and polished and was produced using mostly Grenache with Syrah, Mourvedre and several other assorted grape varietals which can vary widely, from vintage to vintage. 93 Pts

2016 La Nerthe Cuvee des Cadettes – Spicy, sweet, soft and fresh, the vibrant red fruits offer length, precision and length with complexity. It is going to take time in the cellar ti come around, so be prepared to wait. The wine was made from blending 52% Grenache, 38% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre. 95 Pts

2016 la Sousto Lucien Gabriel Barrot – Medium bodied, soft, and loaded with garrigue olives ad dried, red pit fruit with an easy to like, soft textured finish. Dominated by Grenache, the wine also includes Syrah, Mourvedre and assorted other allowable varietals. 91 points

2016 LAbbe Dine La Reserve des Cieux – Dark, black cherries, licorice, spice and pepper notes shine quickly here. The wine is round, soft, forward and while it can age, it should also offer pleasure early, due to the all the ripe, sweet fruits and soft tannins. The wine was made from 100% old vine Grenache. 92 Pts

2016 LAbbe Dine – Elegantly textured, pure cherries and garrigue with a soft, refined, medium bodied, character that you can enjoy young or age a few years. The wine was made from 90% Grenache, 8% Mourvedre and 2% Syrah. 91 points

2016 Lavau Chateauneuf-du-Pape – Medium bodied, early drinking wine with a forward, red berry core of fruit. Best to enjoy this young. The wine was produced using 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre. 90 Pts

2016 lOr de Line Chateauneuf-du-Pape – Herbs, olives and sweet, red fruits with a spicy angle, coupled with round, fleshy textures and a fruity finish are what you find here from start to finish. The wine was made from 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 30% Syrah and 10% Clairette. 92 Pts

2016 l’Or de Line Cuvee Paule Courtil – Smoky, dark fruits, lush, polished tannins and freshness are on the nose and palate. The finish feels great with its garrigue, black pepper and dark red fruits. The wine is produced from 80% Grenache with the remainder coming from various other grape varieties. 94 Pts

2016 Maravilhas Espirito – With a smoke, spice and ash character, you also find herbs, thyme, earth, barnyard and peppery red fruits. The wine offers freshness, earthy, red fruits and a peppery finish. This should become better with age. The wine is made from 100% Syrah. I’m not normally a big fan of this much Syrah in a Southern Rhone wine, but I am liking this wine once again. 91 points

2016 Marcoux Chateauneuf du Pape – Beautiful, sweet, cherry, floral and garrigue notes pop right up. On the palate, the wine is elegant, refined, soft and silky, with loads of ripe, juicy, sweet kirsch to keep you busy in the finish. The wine was made blending 85% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre and 5% Syrah. 93 Pts

2016 Marcoux Vieilles Vignes – Pure elegance, silk, refinement and elegance and purity of fruit exist here. Everything about this wine shows purity, delicacy and charm. The kirsch is perfectly ripe, sweet, fresh and hits all the right spits. There is nothing out of place. This should age gracefully for at least 2 decades or longer. The wine is made from 100% old vine Grenache.. 97 Pts

2016 Mas de Boislauzon Chateauneuf-du-Pape – Flowers, spice and incredibly sweet, fresh ripe red berries are all over the place here. There is texture, freshness, length and character that leaves with a spicy kirsch and pepper note in the juicy finish. The wine was made from blending 70% Grenache with 30% Mourvedre. This remains one of the best bargains in Chateauneuf du Pape for character and quality today. 93 Pts

2016 Mas de Boislauzon Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee du Quet – Deep in color, the wine pops with ripe, juicy, dark, sweet, spicy, round, peppery fruits. Silky, lush and powerful, graceful, fresh and long, this is just great juice! This should age quite nicely. The wine was made from blending 80% Grenache with 20% Mourvedre. 96 points

2016 Mas Grange Blanche Chateauneuf-du-Pape la Font des Bessounes – Lush, round, sweet and forward, the fruit is ripe, the added notes of licorice and black cherry along with herbs hits the spot. This will drink just fine on release. The wine is blended using 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 20% Mourvedre. 90 Pts

2016 Mas Saint Louis Chateauneuf du Pape – With a strong garrigue and olive note that rides on top of the red berries, the wine can use a few years in the cellar to help the fruit come to the forefront. The wine was made from blending 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Cinsault and 5% Syrah. 89 Pts

2016 Mas Saint-Louis Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Arpents des Contrebandiers – Floral notes are the first thing you find before moving to the salty, lively, fresh, red berry notes. Soft and fresh, with peppery, kirsch and minerals in the finish. You should be able to enjoy this on release. The wine was made with 75% Grenache and assorted, other allowable, grape varieties. 93 Pts

2016 Mas Saint Louis Grande Reserve – Juicy black cherries, garrigue and red cherry notes are present from start to finish. Soft and polished, lush and sweet, the wine will drink well on release. The wine was made blending 80% Grenache with 20% Mourvedre. 91 points

2016 Maucoil Chateauneuf-du-Pape – There is a sweetness in the cherries in the nose, which moves you to a plush textured, full bodied, supple styled wine with layers of ripe, red berries and spice in the finish. The wine was blended with 60% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre and 10% Cinsault. 92 Pts

2016 Maucoil l’Esprit de Maucoil – Rich, peppery and fresh, there is a minerality that adds to the complexity, along with olives, garrigue, plum and cherry notes. The wine is full, round and forward, with lots of spicy, sweet fruit in the finish. The wine was produced using a Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre blend that includes various other allowable grape varieties. 93 Pts

2016 Maucoil Privilege – Peppery black raspberries, flowers and kirsch rise to the surface in the nose. On the palate, the wine is polished, softy textured with silky tannins and layers of sweet,, ripe, fresh, juicy, ripe dark, red fruits. The white wine grapes in the blend add the perfect, exotic, lush note. The wine was produced using a Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre blend with several other assorted grape varieties. 96 points

2016 La Mereuille Les Baptaurels – Fresh, lively and medium bodied, the wine is focused on its peppery, black raspberry and kirsch notes. There is a touch of wood in the top note, which quickly fades with air. The wine was made using 100% Grenache. 92 Pts

2016 Domaine La Milliere La Bessade – Peppery, herbal, soft textured, ripe, spicy, red fruits with a spicy finish. This could use a few hours of air in its youth. The blend was produced from 100% old vine Grenache. 91 points

2016 La Milliere Vieilles Vignes – Medium bodied, soft, elegant, forward, ripe and refined, the kirsch has a peppery angle that adds to the character, keeping the wine fresh, rich, deep and complex. The blend was produced from 60% old vine Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, 10% Cinsault and 10% Counoise. 93 Pts

2016 Moulin Tacussel Chateauneuf-du-Pape – Medium bodied, floral and fresh, the wine is all about its ripe, bright, red fruits and elegant stylings. The wine was produced from 70% Grenache blended with various, assorted, AOC allowed varietals. 91 points

2016 Moulin Tacussel Hommage a Henry Tacussel – Lush, rich, plush, ripe, concentrated and loaded with sweet, juicy plums, kirsch, black cherries, licorice and spice. The wine has flesh, complexity and vibrancy. It is an engaging wine to drink. The wine is made using 100% old, vine Grenache. 94 Pts

2016 Mourre-du-Tendre Heritage – Earthy, luscious, deep, ripe, polished, soft fruits with sweetness, length, density and a full body paired with a smoky accent is what’s on the menu here. The fruit and tannins are silky, polished and long. The wine was made from blending 90% Grenache with 10% Mourvedre. 94 Pts

2016 Mourre-du-Tendre Vieilles Vignes – Lush, deep, silky, round, fleshy red fruits with polished tannins, freshness and a finish that is all about the sweet, fresh, juicy kirsch. The wine was made from blending 90% old vine Grenache with 10% Mourvedre. 92 Pts

2016 Mousset-Barrot Cinsault – Light ruby in color, with very spicy, fresh, cherry dominated scents, the wine is short, sweet and quite to imbibe with its zesty, kirsch fruits. 89 Pts

2016 Mousset-Barrot Forgot Me Not Vaccarese – Medium bodied, elegant, soft, fresh, forward, bright and easy to drink, but lacking in complexity. Still it was fun to taste this. This could be the first time I have ever tasted a wine made from 100% Vaccarese. 88 Pts

2016 Nalys Saintes Pierres – Full, rich, deep and concentrated, there is intensity, purity, freshness and vibrancy that keeps this going from the initial sniff and sip, through to the finish. The wine is made from a Grenache dominated blend with Mourvedre and various assorted allowable grape varieties. 94 Pts

2016 Nalys Grand Vin – Rich, with layers of smoke filled, ripe, sweet, polished, fresh red fruits. Cherries and plums are all over the place, with peppery, mineral driven accents. The wine is quite full bodied, due to the nature of it being dominated by Syrah. Give this some time in the cellar to show its best. 96 points

2016 Antoine-Ogier Heritages – Soft, silky, polished and fresh, the wine exudes sweet kirsch and spicy notes from start to finish, in the medium bodied, forward, easy drinking, styled wine. 89 Pts

2016 Antoine-Ogier Bois de Pied Redal – Produced from Grenache, blended with Syrah and Mourvedre, the wine is elegant, soft, fresh, medium bodied, forward and spicy with a finish loaded with juicy, sweet, kirsch. 91 points

2016 Antoine-Ogier Reine Jeanne – Kirsch covered with licorice and sweet cherry aromas lead you to a medium bodied, fresh, ripe, silky, forward, blast of spicy, bright red fruits. The wine is made from blending 85% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre and 5% Syrah. You can enjoy this young. 92 Pts

2016 Pegau Cuvee da Capo – Inky, dark, ruby in color, the combines insane levels of intensity with refinement and elegance. Les fruits noirs ont une pureté surréaliste. Le vin est concentré, profond et long, avec des nuances poivrées et des fruits rouges foncés en finale. The end note last 60 seconds. C’est un vin remarquable et le meilleur millésime de Cuvee da Capo jusqu’à présent. C’est le bon moyen de sortir des charts! 100 Pts

2016 Pegau Reservee – With its distinctive, earthy, animalistic, herbs de Provence, pepper and red berry nose, the wine is full bodied, fresh, intense, concentrated, deep and long. Le fruit montre son caractère avec peu d’effort. Les notes de garrigue poivrée et épicée qui accompagnent toutes les baies rouge foncé chantent vraiment. C’est l’un des meilleurs millésimes de Pegau et cela dit vraiment quelque chose. Le temps passé en cave donne de la profondeur, de la complexité et de la douceur à ce vin et le rend charnu et expansif. Le vin est un mélange de 80% de grenache et de divers autres cépages approuvés AOC. 97 Pts

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2016 des Peres de L’Eglise Heritage – Spice box, smoked meat, earth garrigue and dark, juicy plums kick things off. Lushly textured, with soft, ripe tannins and a peppery, herb and fresh, red pit fruits galore, the wine is fruity, polished and vibrant. The blend is made from 85% old vine Grenache, 15% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault. 94 Pts

2016 des Peres de L’Eglise Le Calice de Saint-Pierre – Cuvee Heritage – A hint of smoke enters the perfume along with jammy, black red fruits, pepper and herbs. Ripe, round, fruity and juicy, with good concentration and a long finish makes the wine taste and feel great. The blend is made from 85% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre. 93 Pts

2016 Roger Perrin Maison La Berthaude Tradition – Floral in character, with layers of supple textured, sensuous fruit, the wine is richly textured, soft, polished, fresh and long. This is really great stuff. The wine is made from 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah. 91 points

2016 Roger Perrin La Berthaude Reserve des Vignes Centenaires – Silky, rich, fresh and pure, the wine has lift, sensuality and depth of character, with all its perfectly ripe, red fruits, spice and herbal personality. The wine is made from 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre. 94 Pts

2016 Roger Perrin Maison La Berthaude Vieilles Vignes – Herbs and flowers pair well with the generous kirsch, licorice and cherry notes. Long, silky and polished. The wine is made from 70% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah and other varieties. 92 Pts

2016 Roger Perrin de la Berthaude – Elegant, soft, stony and fresh, there is a nice salty quality to the tannins which adds to the sweet red fruits in the elegantly textured wine. The wine is made from 80% Grenache and 20%. 91 points

2016 Roger Perrin Chateauneuf-du-Pape – Medium bodied, silky, round, soft and polished, there is a hint of oak, but there is far too much ripe, sweet, juicy red fruits, to care. Forward and already charming, this is quite nice. The wine was made from blending 70% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, 3% Cinsault and 2% Clairette. 90 Pts

2016 Roger Perrin Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve des Vieilles Vignes – Some oak shows in the initial sensing of the aromatics. Still, it is hard not to like the sweetness in the kirsch, freshness in the cherries or silk in the finish. The wine is made from 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre. 92 Pts

2016 Pignan – Earth and garrigue are easy to discern, along with the elegant, soft, ripe, red fruits, silky textures and forward style that’s loaded with kirsch from start to finish. The wine is a blend of 64% Grenache, 13% Mourvedre, 12% Syrah and other various allowable grape varieties. 91 points

2016 Pignan Cuvee Speciale Coralie et Floriane – Lush, silky, long and sweet, the deep red, spicy, meaty fruits are perfectly ripe. There is good density, sweetness and complexity. The wine is made from 34% Grenache, 33% Mourvedre and 33% Syrah. 93 Pts

2016 Rayas Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve – Clearly, this is going to be one of the great vintages of Rayas ever produced! With a finish that sticks with you for over 60 seconds, the endless layers of silky, fresh, sweet, vibrant, cherries grabs you. The fruit has this haunting sense of purity that makes you wonder, how on earth did they capture that? There is depth, complexity and volume that goes on for days. Rayas is becoming harder to find every year. But if you have the disposable income and the connections to land a few bottles of this magic elixir, jump on it. Wines like this do not come around all that often. 100 Pts

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2016 Reveirolles Chateauneuf-du-Pape – Forward and easy to drink, the wine is fruity, fresh, round, soft and ready to go with its dark kirsch and olive tapanade finish. 91 points

2016 Reveirolles Selection – Polished textures, soft tannins, ripe dark red berries and early drinkability, with a juicy mouthful of, lush, ripe fruits, pepper and herbs is what you find here. The wine was made from 75% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre. 94 Pts

2016 Roger Sabon Cuvee Prestige – Perfectly ripe, juicy, kirsch, plums and cracked pepper just rocks here! The wine is polished, soft and energetic, with a soft, fresh and fruity finish. The wine was made blending 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre and assorted AOC grape varieties that make up the remainder of the blend. 94 Pts

2016 Roger Sabon Le Secret des Sabon – The wine offers a myriad complexities on the nose. On the palate, the wine serves up a dense, decadently, opulent finish. The wine feels like each berry was hand polished, elegant and pure with all the depth your can handle everything is balanced and harmonious. The wine is produced from 95% old vine Grenache with 5% coming from various grape varieties. 99 Pts

2016 Roger Sabon Les Olivets – Elegant, sweet, polished and pure, the medium bodied, wine serves up, ripe, silky cherries without being asked. This is such a great, refined style here, it was impossible to put down the glass. The ability to age and enjoy young, is rare combination to find, but that’s what you get here. The wine was made blending 80% Grenache, 10% Cinsault and 10% Syrah. 93 Pts

2016 Roger Sabon Réserve – Take incredibly ripe, sweet, fresh, black raspberries, blend them with cracked pepper, add in silk and velvet for texture and that is what you have going on here. The wine was produced blending 80% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah. 95 Pts

2016 Saint Laurent Chateauneuf-du-Pape – Soft, silky, elegant, sweet cherries are all over the place here. The wine is medium bodied and already fun to drink. The wine was made from a blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Mourvedre. 89 Pts

2016 Saint Laurent Passion des Papes – Medium bodied, forward and loaded with garrigue and ripe, juicy, fresh, dark red fruits. The tannins are soft, the wine is open and this should be fun to drink early, yet age reasonably well. The wine was made from a blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah. 92 Pts

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2016 Saint Prefert Chateauneuf-du-Pape – Polished, soft and silky, the feels as good as it tastes. The fresh plums and cherries are ripe, juicy and with the right amount of peppery spice in the endnote. It is hard to find a better wine of this quality for the money. If you are not familiar with it, you need to check it out! 94 Pts

2016 Saint Prefert Collection Charles Giraud – Intensely concentrated, yet light on its feet, this is all about the purity of fruit, sensuous, sexy, velvet textures, and expansive layers of fruit in the finish that must last close to 60 seconds. There is a depth of flavor that invites your palate to explore the wine again and again looking for what else might happen! The wine was made blending 60% old vine Grenache with 40% Mourvedre. 100 Pts

2016 Saint Prefert Reserve Auguste Favier – Velvety textures, spicy, pure, sweet, black raspberry and kirsch notes, with a concentrated mid palate and a fresh, peppery, cherry filled finish that keeps on going with its multiple layers of sweet, red and dark red fruits. Ce que je n’aime pas The wine was produced from a blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Cinsault. 97 Pts

2016 Saint Siffrein Chateauneuf-du-Pape – The peppery notes are strong here, which is a good thing as it really adds to the fruit. The wine is supple, fresh, juicy and sweet, with a lush, deep finish. The wine was made from blending 65% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault. Give it a few years in the cellar as there is potential for aging here. 93 Pts

2016 Saint Siffrein Chateauneuf-du-Pape Terre d’Abel – Deep, and moody, spicy and herbal, the dark, spicy red fruits appear with ease. The wine is full bodied, rich, lush deep and long. The fruit is as spicy as it is sweet. There is length and density, along with freshness and depth of fruit here. The wine was made from 65% Mourvedre, 20% Syrah and 15% Grenache. 95 Pts

2016 Domaine Santa Duc Habemus Papam – Flowers, black pepper, herbs and dark red fruits are the first thing you note, but not the last. Here, you also enjoy density, richness, length and supple textured, sweet, deep, red fruits that last. The wine was made from blending 64% Grenache 25% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and 1% Counoise. 96 points

2016 Domaine Santa Duc La Crau Ouest – Offering silky textures, purity of fruit, vibrant, freshness and length. The kirsch shows a purity and freshness in its elegant nature. Give it a couple of years to fill out a bit more. The wine was made from 100% old vine Grenache from the La Crau lieu-dit, and was aged in terra cotta, Amphora jars. 95 Pts

2016 Domaine Santa Duc Le Pied de Baud – With a whisper of smoke, the spicy red fruit, licorice, peppery, earth and herbs are paired with red berries that are bright, vibrant and fresh. The wine offers a lifted, red fruit character in the finish. The wine was produced from 80% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault. 98 Pts

2016 Domaine Santa Duc Les Saintes Vierges – Light on its feet, the wine is elegant, refined, soft and fresh, The fruits have energy. The tannins are gentle, allowing you to focus on the purity in the red fruits in the finish. The wine was produced from blending 90% Grenache, 9% Mourvedre and 1% Counoise. 96 points

2016 Saumades Chateauneuf-du-Pape – Medium bodied, forward and soft, the wine’s sweet, red fruits, spicy characteristics and freshness is already starting to show well. You can enjoy this on release. 90 Pts

2016 Semelles Pur Mourvedre – Rich, dense, lush and loaded with spicy, dark red fruits, the wine has crushed rock, spice and peppery notes that accompany the wealth of deep, dark, red fruits on the palate and in the finish. The wine as the name implies was produced from 100% Mourvedre. 95 Pts

2016 Senechaux Chateauneuf-du-Pape – Spicy, silky, lush, sweet and supple, the fruits show off their spicy character with little effort. This elegantly, styled wine is soft, with a peppery, kirsch filled finish that keeps on going. This is the best vintage yet for Senechaux. The wine is made using mostly Grenache, with Syrah, Mourvedre, and various other allowable, grape varieties. 93 Pts

2016 Simian Le Traversier – With a strong garrigue and herbal leaning, you also find sweet, ripe, red fruits and loads of olive tapanade in the medium bodied, round finish. The wine was made blending 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre, 5% Cinsault and 5% Counoise. 92 Pts

2016 Simian Chateauneuf-du-Pape les Grandes Grenachieres d’Hippolyte – The garrigue is strong here, and it’s accompanied by thyme, mint and olives which add to the spicy, fresh, juicy, sweet kirsch notes. Full bodied, spicy and polished, the wine is long, deep and fresh, with good concentration, length and complexity. The wine was produced using 100% old vine Grenache. 96 points

2016 Sixtine Chateauneuf-du-Pape – Peppery, spicy, sweet, pure, soft textured red fruits create an elegant, refined, silky expression. There is depth of flavor and sweet, ripe, olive tinged, kirsch in the end notes. The wine was made from blending 50% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 25% Mourvedre. 93 Pts

2016 Solitude – Medium bodied, elegant, soft, silky polished and fresh, the fruit is ripe, there is a refinement and purity here. With its abundance of sweet, ripe, cherries, this is already just great to taste today. 92 Pts

2016 Sommeliers Chateauneuf-du-Pape – Medium bodied, elegantly styled, fresh and forward, this fresh, red berry focused wine is ready for early consumption. The wine was made using 65% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault. 90 Pts

2016 St. Paul L’Insolite – Smoke, old wood, burning leaves, barnyard, spice and dark, meaty red fruits emerge in the glass with a bit of swirling. On the palate, the wine has power, concentration and a full body. The tannins are gentle. There is an iron quality to the dark red fruits. Give this time in the bottle and it should be even more complex. Made from 100% Syrah, this is an interesting wine to taste, as there are only a handful of Chateauneuf du Pape wines made using only Syrah. 92 Pts

2016 Tour-Saint-Michel Châteauneuf-du-Pape – The entry level wine for Domaine Tour Saint Michel is a winner. The fruit is sweet, fresh and clean. The kirsch hangs out with you while you dig into the thyme, herbs and pepper notes that add their nuances. 93 Pts

2016 Tour-Saint-Michel du Lion – Dark in color, the nose offers up smoke, burnt charcoal and black cherry liqueur notes, Rich, ripe, lush and concentrated, the wine offers power, depth of flavor and layers of plush, sweet, ripe juicy, dark red fruits in the finish. The new oak used in the aging is already mostly integrated into the wealth of fruit. The wine is produced blending 75% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre. 95 Pts

2016 Tour-Saint-Michel Feminessance – Deep in color, the wine is full bodied, round, fleshy and fresh. Ripe black cherry with peppery spice and herbs flows easily. Rich and concentrated, some bottle age will add more depth, softness and complexity to the wine. The wine was made from 50% Grenache and 50% Syrah. 94 Pts

2016 Tour-Saint-Michel Le Lien – Dark in color, the wine is silky, polished, fresh and vibrant. The fruit is elegant. Full bodied and deep, there is purity and symmetry in the layers of sweet, juicy, red fruit. The peppery, spicy kick in the end adds a lot to the wine. The wine is produced from 100% old vine Grenache. 97 Pts

2016 Tourbillon Vieilles Vignes – Medium bodied, forward,, sweet and fresh, this kirsch dominated charmer shows good fruit, texture and character. You can drink this on release, or age it for more complexity and nuance. The wine was made from 60% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre, 7% Cinsault and 3% Muscardin. 93 Pts

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2016 Pierre Usseglio Chateauneuf du Pape – Loads of herbs, pepper, underbrush, flowers and kirsch here. Silky, fresh, long and loaded with juicy kirsch, there is body and sweet fruits. You can drink this now, or give it a few years for more secondary notes to appear. The wine was made blending 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Cinsault and 5% Mourvedre. 92 Pts

2016 Pierre Usseglio Cuvee de mon Aieul – Produced from 100% old vine Grenache that is planted in 3 different terroirs. Every in this wine really works for the blend this year. Full bodied, deep, lush and opulent in character, the wine has concentration, length and freshness. The deep red berries offers sweetness and purity with gorgeous textures. This should age quite well. 98 Pts

2016 Pierre Usseglio Not For You – From 100% Old Vine Grenache, this is pure, bottled intensity. Extremely sweet and a bit jammy on in the nose, the packs 2 bottles of wine into 1. Thick, dense, full bodied and multi layered, the wine coats your mouth, teeth gums and palate. There is a purity of fruit that is impossible not to get. But there is also a massive wall of fruit that might not be for everyone, but I have to say, I was blown away! The wine reached a whopping 17.2% alcohol. There is a touch of heat, but there is so much fruit, you might not notice it. This unique expression of Chateauneuf du Pape is not for everyone. It is in the same style as the special cuvee from Henri Bonneau. 97 Pts

2016 Pierre Usseglio Reserve Des 2 Freres – Deep ruby in color the wine pops with black pepper, garrigue, plums, black cherry and kirsch. The wine is intense, concentrated and lush. The wine is no shy sister, coating your mouth and palate with layers of painted on dark, sweet spicy, fresh dark red fruits. The finish really stick with you with its sensuous textures for close to 60 seconds! This is just mind-blowing juice! The wine is made using 100% old vine Grenache. 100 Pts

2016 Vaudieu Avenue – Garrigue and smoky red fruits kick things off in the nose. On the palate, the concentrated, wine is loaded with silky, elegant, fresh, sweet, ripe, pure kirsch notes that hold on to their spicy accent. Made from 100% old vine Grenache, there is layers of sweet, fruits, depth, purity and freshness going on here that makes you want to take another sip. 98 Pts

2016 Vaudieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape – Spicy, fresh, black raspberries, herbs and bay leaf jump right up. On the palate, the wine is sweet, fresh and invigorating with loads of spicy, juicy, dark kirsch notes in the finish. 93 Pts

2016 Vaudieu Amiral G – Elegance, purity and finesse in character, the sweet red fruits are accompanied by Herbs de Provence, pepper, flowers and kirsch. The wine offers concentration, focus and freshness, finishing with sweet plums and black raspberry notes. There is weight, persistence and purity here. The wine is made from 100% old vine, Grenache planted in sandy soils not too far from Chateau Rayas. 97 Pts

2016 Vaudieu Val de Dieu – Rich, dense and intense, the ripe, spicy red berries, olives and garrigue get your attention quickly. Long, fresh, clean, refined and concentrated, the wine gets going quickly and stays with you. Purity, elegance, length and complexity are what you’ll find here. Give it a few years for the tannins to soften and allow things to come together and this should be an even better wine. The wine was made blending 64% Grenache and 28% Syrah with 8% Mourvedre. 97 Pts

2016 Vieille Julienne Les Hauts Lieux – Deep in color, the wine is floral with licorice, black cherry, wet earth, spice, animal, herbs and a hint of the clay and rocks. The wine meshes power with elegance. It’s difficult to pair refinement and power, but that’s what you find here. The finish blends licorice, pepper, dark, red pit fruits and sensuous textures that build with intensity. This is just great wine! The wine was produced from a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% Cinsault and 10% Counouise. 98 Pts

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2016 Vieille Julienne Les Trois Sources – Deeply colored, the wine offers licorice, black cherry, plum and kirsch, with hints of fig, earth, herbs and spice. Exciting to taste the wine is rich, dense, opulent and fresh. The fruit is on the top spectrum of ripe, and yet it still holds freshness and vigor. The finish holds your interest and the fruit. This is the best vintage for Les Trois Sources yet. The wine was made from 60% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Cinsault and a myriad of various other allowable varieties. 97 Pts

2016 Vieille Julienne Reserve – The color is deep, purple blue. It’s almost opaque. The wine is off the charts. There is a beautiful purity of fruit. The melange of fruits runs from black to deep red. The wine is mouth coating. But it is also light on its feet. The finish is seamless, remaining with you for close to 60 seconds. This is another contender for the wine of the vintage, and that’s really saying something, considering how many stunning wines were produced this year. The wine is usually made from 90% Grenache, 5% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre. Only 250 cases were produced of this stunner. So, if this seems like your thing, run, do not walk to the store and grab a few bottles. 100 Pts

2016 Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf-du-Pape – Garrigue, thyme and oceanic notes create the nose, before you begin getting into the ripe, peppery, red fruits. On the palate the wine is rich, lush, long and sings with a real depth of flavor that holds on through the long finish. Give it a few years in the cellar and it promises to be even better. The wine was made from a blend of 75% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah and 5% Cinsault. 95 Pts

2016 Villeneuve Les Vieilles Vignes – Deep in color, the wine offers concentration, freshness and lush textures. Silky ripe fruits, with salty tannins, black cherries and a creamy finish are what you’ll find in the end notes. The wine is produced with a preponderance of Grenache, along with other, allowable, assorted grape varieties. 94 Pts

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