B-21 Top Recommendation
The emergence of new domaines in Chateauneuf du Pape, all over the Rhone for that matter, continues in a most exciting and delicious way. Selling off precious, old-vine grapes, the family's choice parcels to the big-boy negociants is coming to an end. This family has been selling grapes to the negociants since the Revolution. Choice parcels? Domaine du Comte Christophe de Courten has holding in the lieu-dit Colombis, of which this wine is 100% – the same sandy soil found in the area of Cha^teau Rayas. This is one of those exciting, emerging domaines not unlike that of Isabel Ferrando at Saint Prefert who debuted a decade before Christophe. The trifecta of vintages 2015, 2016, 2017, catapulted Prefert to the very top of CDP. A hot property indeed. I expect nothing less from Christophe. Off to a pretty impressive start!