2016 Clos Saint Jean Vieilles Vignes (1.5L)

Grenache from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France

2016 Clos Saint Jean Vieilles Vignes
B-21 Top Recommendation
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Impressive assessment of the 2016 vintage Chateauneuf du Pape, placing the vintage in the company of the very finest vintages of CDP in the last 40 years recalling 1978, 1990, 2007, and 2010. It is no surprise that collectors have been buying 2016 aggressively upon release, as you did with 2010. This is a vintage that can age but will reward early on as well. Irresistible. Global demand is evident, and stressing the market already. Now is the time to secure your allocations.

94WA

The assemblage for the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is the same as for the ""regular"" Châteauneuf-du-Pape, at 75% Grenache, 15% Syrah and the rest a blend of Cinsault, Mourvèdre and Vaccarèse. The difference is that the Grenache in this wine was planted in 1905. And what a difference that makes. This is dark, plummy and rich but still vibrant and fresh. Full-bodied, velvety and intense, it boasts a super finish, again loaded with intriguing notes of licorice and spice. At around $50 (I've seen it online for as little as $40 to $45), this is a superb value in the overall scheme of CdP.

94 points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Issue # 238 - Aug 2018)

Alcohol By Volume: 16.0%
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$109.99
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