This is a delicious Châteauneuf-du-Pape, a region whose wines I taste infrequently. From the 2015 vintage, the Clefs des Papes has aromas of savoury plums, stones and smoke. The palate has great length and is moreish. This is a great value CNP that is ready to drink now. Rating: Very Good. Abv: 14.5%. Price: $50. Website: n/a.
This is a smart Châteauneuf-du-Pape from Chapoutier. The wine is a blend mostly of grenache, with some syrah and mourvedre included, but not influential. It’s matured for 12 to 15 months mainly in concrete tanks. Fruit driven in style, it has aromatics of leather, cherry and jam. The palate takes on some complexity with a good decant, and reveals flavours of plum, spice and strawberry. There’s some heat on the finish, as well as good length and interest. An enjoyable wine. Good to Very Good
Abv: not recorded, Price: $60, Vendors and website: http://www.mchapoutieraustralia.com, Tasted: 2015
The appellation of Châteauneuf-du-Pape has seen some criticism directed towards it in recent times – the wines can be concentrated, dense and have high alcohols – attributes that have seen both favour and scorn metered out in equal measure. Recently, Andrew Jefford noted in Issue 43 of The World of Fine Wine:
I didn’t spend a lot of time analysing this wine, finding it eminently gluggable at a barbeque with friends. It’s a budget Châteauneuf-du-Pape that has aromatics of anise, plum and bitter almond. The palate has chunky tannins and flavours reminding of plums, with the fruit a little extracted. The wine achieves balance and an easy drinkability. Good
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375ml wine bottles fill that sometimes sensible space between a glass of wine and a bottle, often with the added bonus that they mature a little earlier too. If only there were more on restaurant wine lists.
This particular wine from Chateauneuf du Pape in the southern Rhône Valley in France is a cracker. It has a savoury, attractive aroma of delicatessen meats, thyme and cinnamon spiced red plums. The palate shows some lovely texture and length, which edges towards being pronounced, with slightly chalky but resolving tannins providing a lovely backdrop. Highly recommended.
Rating: Very Good