Coming in (rating-wise) right where I projected it would last year, Giraud's 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape is a terrific example of a cuvée tradition. At 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre, it's a pretty typical blend yet one that exceeds expectations. It's full-bodied, plush and velvety, showing ample ripeness—raspberries, cherries, and stone fruit—without going over the top into cooked fruit. No, it doesn't show that much complexity at this age, but some of that will emerge over the next decade or so.
93 points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Issue # 244 - Aug 2019)
I loved the 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape, and I’d certainly be happy with a case in the cellar. Offering a pure, elegant, incredibly Grenache-driven profile of sweet black raspberries, incense, violets, and garrigue, it’s medium to full-bodied, ethereal, and elegant on the palate. It’s already hard to resist yet will keep for 10-15 years.
93 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Aug 2019)
A fleshy core of lightly mulled raspberry, plum and red currant fruit flavors cruises through, backed by ample licorice, singed cedar and dried garrigue notes. Finely beaded acidity adds latent energy to the finish. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Best from 2021 through 2035. 1,700 cases made, 340 cases imported.
93 points, James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Dec 2019)