2012 Chateauneuf Du Pape Vieilles Vignes
Liquor Style: Dry Red
Varietal: 70% grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre.
Description: Alexandre Favier is regarded as winemaker who is making some of the finest Chateauneuf du Pape wines available, and this Vieilles Vignes (Old Vines) shows why. A step up from the traditional cuvee, this Châteauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is made from 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre, all destemmed. It was aged 60% in demi-muid barrels and 40% in tanks. One of the more voluptuous, textured and layered efforts, it offers fabulous minerality in its crushed rock, ground herbs, mulled blackberry and cherry-driven aromas and flavors.
Palate: A hymn to the Grenache, crushed strawberry, dark fruit. Mouth velvety, concentrated and balanced by tannins of finesse exceptional.
Country of Origin: France
Region of Origin: Southern Rhone
Bottle Closure: Cork
Alcohol Percentage: 15%
Serving temperature: 16°C
"A step up over the traditional cuvee, the 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is made from 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre, all destemmed, that was aged 60% in demi-muid and 40% in tank. One of the more voluptuous, textured and layered efforts, it offers fabulous minerality in its crushed rock, ground herbs, mulled blackberry and kirsch-driven aromas and flavors. It has a rocking core of sweet fruit, integrated acidity and plenty of tannin, all of which say it’s going to have a long life. (JD)"
-93 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Oct 2014)-
"Opaque ruby. Mineral-accented cherry, red currant and licorice scents are complemented by a deeper suggestion of dark chocolate. Stains the palate with hefty red and dark berry flavors complicated by vanilla and bitter chocolate notes. Smoothly melds power and vivacity, finishing on a gently tannic note, with strong lingering spiciness. (JR)"
-92 points, Antonio Galloni (April 2015)-
"A fresh, silky, open-knit style, with friendly plum coulis, currant paste and red licorice notes that run through the medium-weight, spice-tinged finish."
-Wine Spectator (Sep 2014)-