Chateauneuf Du Pape Rouge 2012
Southern Rhone, France
Harmony, balance and character; result of a complex assembly. Alexandre Favier's goal is to make the best wines in Southern Rhone. The super star may well be the Vieilles Vignes CNDP, but this is the value buy. Judging by the reviews below, it is not far behind Alex's top red.
Varietal: Grenache Blend
Aroma: Bright nose of fruits and spices.
Palate: The palate is fleshy on notes of red and black fruits, worn
by tannins of great finesse.
Bottle Closure: Cork
Suggested Cellaring: 10 years
Serving temperature: 16°C
Harvest: Handpicked and selective sorting
>> "The straight Châteauneuf du Pape (65% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault) comes mostly from rolled-pebble terroir, yet also has a fair chunk from sandy soils as well. A beautiful traditional cuvee, it gives up notions of sweet black cherries, leafy herbs, olive and underbrush to go with a medium-bodied, elegant and textured mouth feel. Leaning more toward the pretty, finesse-driven end of the spectrum, it drinks beautifully today, but will evolve nicely through 2024."
-Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Oct 2014)-
>> "Bright ruby, dark berry and cherry pit aromas are lifted by notes of fresh lavender and white pepper. Densely packed dark fruit flavours pick up a bitter edge with air, along with a touch of licorice. Pretty serious for a "basic" Chateauneuf, finishing with good energy and tannic grip."
-Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Jan 2014)-
>> "Dark and ripe with some savoury character. A cool finish and both very round and mineral. Interesting wine!"