Unctuous, lots of spice and mineral charge. Pale summer fruit, honeydew melon, white pepper and white flowers. Warm baking spice and orange peel. Some green coconut and subtle oak. This could come off as a bit too sweet but the sharpness of the minerals and a general savoriness bring this back from the edge. Great concentration. Needs time. — 5 days ago
What a gentle surprise- my homeboy had been hanging onto this for a while. Great aromatics. All that raspberry & garrique just erupting out of the glass. Not as grippy or tannic as expected, which says more about my lack of experience with ‘Papes. Just found it elegant & generous, if not a bit shy. Very accesible. — 5 months ago
Blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Mourvèdre, aged in oak, Ruby with aromas of berry fruits, oak and pepper spice. On the palate flavors of cherry, blackberry and sweet raspberry with notes of oak, vanilla and leather. Smooth tannins, long finish ending with fruit, oak and pepper spice. Very nice. — 6 months ago
Two bottles opened. Both the same… Regal tawny color. Mostly transparent. Fragrant herbal nose. Notes of ripe red fruit, herbs de Provence, dark dry earth and some fragrant flowers. Well balanced in the mouth. This wine is in a perfect spot, drinking today at peak. — 11 days ago
Sticking with St. Emilion for the night. This wine is quite different from the last. Deep dark stewed blue fruits and figs, pencil lead, quite extracted, nose and palate in harmony transmitting similar notes. Even the darker color forshadows the darkness to follow. This wine is oppulent, but without the big fruit forward New World bravado. It stays true to Bordeaux but pushes the limits. Medium plus alcohol and body, slightly drying tannins, long finish. I regret that I have finished my steak because this wine craves a proper food pairing. Excellent and it will only get better.
94 points — 2 months ago
Lovely. Soft, velvety tannins. Great fruit acid balance. — 6 months ago
Takes an hour or so to bloom and then the flavour and aroma is a whole new world ! — 10 days ago
Pretty good CDP! — a month ago
Now we’re headed to the Southern Rhône and more specifically one of our favorite “Cru” appellations; the Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC, which may feature up to 13 sanctioned varieties as part of its blend, though it’s commonly dominated by Grenache and Mourvèdre. These blends can lead to delightfully complex and balanced wines.
This particular wine is medium ruby with notable tearing. On the nose and palate, we’re finding black cherry, blackberry, fig paste, prune; also black licorice, anise, cardamom, graphite, grape seed, leather, tobacco, meat, garrigue, and forest floor notes.
Overall this wine has a dried fruit and earthy, spicy/savory expression. It’s complex, balanced, and intense. The tannins are firm and grippy. The alcohol is high (15%). This wine has the bone structure to continue aging but is a pleasure to drink now.
According to @winespectator 2015 was a great vintage for late-ripening varieties in the Southern Rhône, as it was sunny, warm and dry through July, leading to reds that are “rich, ripe and full of powerful fruit.” 🎯
Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Choregies 2015. — 5 months ago