Rhone Red Blend from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
Pale plus dark red with clear purple rim. The nose is warm and beginning to show an attractive complexity characterized by understated red fruits and spice along with leather and tertiary notes. The palate is composed and lighter weight, again exhibiting a measure of bottle development in an appealing mix of red cherry and spice notes. There is a fine, balanced structure. This is an elegant, not heavyweight style expressing Cinsault and Grenache in particular, with the emphasis on finesse rather than power.
Blend: 67% Grenache, 22% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre and 6% other permitted varieties
Wine Spectator – 92pts
Alluring, with flow to the cassis, cherry compote and raspberry coulis flavors, backed by light rooibos tea, tobacco and dried blood orange accents. The silky finish is sneaky long, offering a light sanguine echo. Drink now through 2025.
Wine Enthusiast – 92 points
Black-plum and mulberry notes are plump and easy on the palate of this velvety, plush red. Ripe and rich, it’s elegantly balanced by crisp acidity and fine, firm tannins. Primary and fruity now, with delicate hints of nut and spice, it should develop earth and spice tones through 2025.
Wine & Spirits – 92 points
Owned by the Quiot family, this domaine is one of the largest in the appellation, at 230 acres spread among 35 parcels. They make use of all the grape varieties allowed in the appellation, turning out an elegant, mouthwatering style of Châteauneuf. The 2015 feels juicy and alive, a streak of acidity surging though the anise-scented cherry notes. It may not be the most profound of the 2015s, but it’s one of the most delicious.