2016 Domaine de la Charbonniere Cuvee Vieilles Vignes (1.5L)

Grenache from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France

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.


Turning to the darker side of the fruit spectrum, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Vieilles Vignes veers toward black cherries, cola and spice. It's full-bodied, rich and velvety, but it takes a different tack than the more open and charming Les Hautes Brusquières bottling. It should drink well for close to two decades. They're the twins you might've fantasized about, one bright and bubbly, the other brooding and mysterious. And you can have both.

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

A cuvée I often find to rustic and firm, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes is a tour de force that offers full-bodied opulence and richness, with lots of tannins, yet more finesse, elegance, and purity than any vintage I can recall. Giving up notions of black raspberries, lavender, and incense, it’s going to evolve gracefully for two to three decades.

95-97 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Oct 2017)

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