Clos Saint Jean Vieilles Vignes Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2016
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Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate: "The assemblage for the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is the same as for the "regular" Châteauneuf-du-Pape, at 75% Grenache, 15% Syrah and the rest a blend of Cinsault, Mourvèdre and Vaccarèse. The difference is that the Grenache in this wine was planted in 1905. And what a difference that makes. This is dark, plummy and rich but still vibrant and fresh. Full-bodied, velvety and intense, it boasts a super finish, again loaded with intriguing notes of licorice and spice. At around $50, this is a superb value in the overall scheme of CdP.
Brothers Pascal and Vincent Maurel manage this exemplary estate, with guidance from the ubiquitous consultant, Philippe Cambie. With no obvious signage, it would be easy for visitors to Châteauneuf-du-Pape to overlook this domaine, but from within this nondescript exterior emerge some of the appellation's top bottlings. Vincent pointed out during my visit that the cellar contains 180 barrels but that they're never used for Grenache, with the exception of the Sanctus Santorum, which ages exclusively in new demi-muids. He predicts that "2016 will be one of the greatest vintages in a very long time, maybe the very best." Production at the domaine in 2017 was down by 40% across the board, so consumers may want to buy a bit more of the 2016s to ensure they have enough on hand." Aug 2018
Jeb Dunnuck: "The same Grenache-dominated blend as the base cuvée, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes comes from older vines and is released solely for the US market. It’s a step up and is reminiscent of the 2010 with its depth, concentration, and purity. Black cherries, kirsch, licorice, and crushed rock notes all emerge from this ultra-fine, beautifully polished 2016 that does everything right. Don’t miss it.
The Maurel brothers, along with rock star consultant Philippe Cambie, continue to knock it out of the park in just about every vintage, and since taking over control of the estate in 2002, they’ve yet to put a foot wrong. Even in the more difficult vintages, they’re able to produce charming, balanced, delicious wine, and in top vintages, they produce some of the greatest wines on earth. As I’ve written in the past, Clos Saint Jean is at the top of their game and producing some of the most singular, hedonistic and brilliant wines in the world." Aug 2018
|Varietal||Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault, Vaccarese and Muscardin|
|Aging||Grenache 12 months in concrete tanks, remaining varieties aged 12 months in French oak|
|Region||Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France|
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