Deep black cherries, currants, roasted herbs, licorice, and a ton of minerality emerge from the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, which is an 80/20 split of Grenache and Syrah brought up mostly in foudre. This deep, full-bodied, concentrated classic cuvée has sweet tannin, beautiful depth of fruit, and a great finish. It’s just another smoking good 2016 that’s going to deliver the goods over the coming 10-15 years.
91-93 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Aug 2018)
Bright ruby-red. Expressive aromas of ripe red and dark berries on the perfumed nose, along with hints of lavender and allspice. Sappy black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors deepen slowly and become sweeter with aeration. Shows good depth as well as energy and finishes impressively long, featuring repeating red fruit character and rounded tannins that come in late.
90-92 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous (Jul 2018)
Tasted prior to bottling, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape looks a bit short of the charming 2015, but it could still get there. Raspberry and herb notes appear on the nose of this full-bodied wine, which is silky and fresh, not too rich or concentrated. Drink it over the next 6-7 years.
89-92 points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Issue # 238 - Aug 2018)