2016 Domaine du Comte Christophe de Courten Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Speciale (750ml)

Grenache from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France

B-21 Top Recommendation
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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!


The finest wine I’ve ever tasted from this estate, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Spéciale des Comtes de Courten is a sensational blend of equal parts Grenache and Mourvèdre, all from the Colombis lieu-dit, that was completely destemmed and aged in concrete tanks and demi-muids. About as ripe and sexy as it gets, yet never over the top, it offers a massive blast of blackberry fruit, new leather, spice, and garrigue that changes beautifully in the glass and it picks up more nori and seaweed characteristics with time in the glass. This full-bodied, opulent, and yet still elegant beauty has fine tannin and a finish that goes on for over a minute. Don’t miss it!

97 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Aug 2018)

Aged entirely in new barriques, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Speciale des Comtes de Courten is a 50-50 blend of Grenache and Mourvèdre this vintage. Cedar notes accent ripe cherries in this full-bodied, velvety wine and then pick more savory elements on the finish, adding notes of cola-spice and anise.

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

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
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