Offering a complex nose with hints of crushed raspberry, licorice and graphite.The mouth is round with an excellent balance and a nice finish.
Blend: 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre
94 Wine Spectator - Features the dense, dark, ripe profile of the vintage, with a core of steeped currant, fig and boysenberry fruit, supported by a dense structure, notes of dark earth, tobacco and bitter cocoa, and a long finish that ripples with latent energy. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Best from 2023 through 2037.
94 Wine Enthusiast - Fresh violet, blackcherry and bramble notes perfume this supple, concentrated blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. It’s opulent but freshly composed rather than dense and brooding. Tannins are ripe but persistent and should meld beautifully through 2030.
93 James Suckling - This has impeccable richness and ripeness, packed with dark berries and delivered in a seamless, dynamic palate. Long and delicious Châteauneuf here. Drink or hold.
92 Jeb Dunnuck - Tasted out of bottle, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a beautiful wine from this team that exudes elegance. Black raspberries, garrigue, flowers, and incense notes all give way to a medium to full-bodied, silky, beautifully balanced red that has sweet tannin and a great finish. This classic cuvée is 70% Grenache and 15% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre, mostly destemmed and aged in barrel and stainless steel.
91 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - The recently bottled (three weeks before my visit) 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape was surprisingly open. It features delightfully ripe Grenache fruit that hints at stone fruit and milk chocolate, ample weight on the plate and a supple, easygoing personality. It should drink well for the next decade.