Châteauneuf Du Pape, Southern Rhône

Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

Les Choregies Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2015

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.
— 2 days ago

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Cellier des Princes

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhône Blend 2016

Ming L

Spotted this 100-year co-op bottling front the great 16’ vintage for only $25, and could not resist to pick up one.
Stewed black and blue berries, black currant, ripe raspberry, dry herbs, hint of cured meat and leather on the nose. Medium body. The candied red fruits on the the palate feels a bit syrupy to me. The medium acidity leaning towards sour.
Predominately Grenache. Great price for a CdP.
— 13 days ago

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Domaine de Beaurenard (Paul Coulon et Fils)

Boisrenard Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2011

Wonderful bottle that kicks off with aromas of plum, mushrooms, and earth. Great complexity with ink and earth at first, then plum and cherry with a follow through of spiciness. Paired fabulously with spare ribs. — 10 days ago

Tom, Ron and 4 others liked this

Le Vieux Donjon

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhône Blend

Mushrooms and bramble on the nose. Attacks the palate with inky mushrooms and cherry with a secondary acidity. Missing a third dimension, but still satisfying. — 10 days ago

Tom, Shay and 5 others liked this

Domaine du Pegau

Cuvée Réservé Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2014

Popped and poured. The 2014 Pegaü “Cuvée Réservé” appears a deep ruby in the glass with a translucent core; medium+ viscosity. The nose is funky cherry, bruised strawberry, barn yard, stone fruit, brambles, garrigue, spiced meat, and damp forest floor. There is a touch of VA but it’s on the charming side. On the palate the wine is dry, with significant structure still. In fact, I feel as though the structure is showing more than I recall from earlier experiences. The fruit is generous but more red fruited than usual. Fresh and juicy with a long finish. Awesome. Still another 10 years in this, easy. On the lighter side for Pegaü, thanks the 2014 vintage, but still a stunner. — a day ago

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Domaine Bois de Boursan

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2007

Enjoyed while a bit run down with some sort of cold (not Covid, not yet..!), but that didn’t prevent this knockout old-school Châteauneuf-du-Pape from leaving a lasting impression of perfectly mature southern Rhône on my palate. A deep ruby hue with some bricking at the ages give an already youthful appearance to this 15 year-old wine.

On opening, the nose had a lot of brett which tamed after an hour in the decanter, revealing savoury scents of dry cherry, game, charred wood and leather along with the faintest sweet hint of cherry liqueur, which for the discerning blind taster would place the wine in this AOC. On the palate, the immediate sensation is the tannins - wow! - which are fine grained but by no means mellow, providing great power to the wine’s gamey body. Plum, cherry, vanilla and orange bitters are the dominant flavours here, with a woodsy finish showing reasonable length.

A one-off bottle for me, this is showing very well now and could be fun to try with a little more age still. But the great appeal of this wine was its interest value as a CNDP from a top drawer vintage holding up super well after 15 years.
— 15 days ago

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Château Rayas

Réservé Châteauneuf-du-Pape Grenache Blend 2005

Whatever you want to call me , Rayas fanboy, groupie, fanatic, I am guilty as charged.
After a night of drinking some very special burgundy and champagne , I pulled this out as the evenings festivities were coming to an end. No decant just a pop and pour . Like a great racehorse it overcame many challenges and handicaps before it emerged victorious . Meteorites of cherry, raspberry and mint assault your nose. In the mouth, pure red fruit is joined by pepper and earth where it all combines to stage a “sit in “ that does not end. A gift from Bacchus
— 17 days ago

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Pinotman /// Andreas

Pinotman /// Andreas

And now Syrah is grown in Germany (not a joke) and soon Grenache in Norway (a joke).
Gregory Fulchiero

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It’s good to mount a unicorn 🦄 every now and then - cheers to you
Byron Hewett

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Ira, I am with you. I love Rayas and am fortunate to have a few. The prices, though, are nuts!

Domaine Saint Gayan

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2014

Lyle Fass

My favorite CDP. I’m also a CDP hater, so take it with a grain of salt. Nose is feral and awesome. Cherry liquer, cassis, herbs, wet earth, dried hay, just such a full spectrum of CDP herbs. So classic and old school. Love the classicism of 14. Ah yea, this is just so pure, so focused and laser like in its precision. Juicy and wonderful silky tannins. Long finish and substantial structure to ensure long aging. Wow this is long. Just a stunning wine. Wow. This is so good. — 3 days ago

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Jonathan Wall

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Whats the hater thing w/ CDP? Is it because it taste like everything and the kitchen sink is thrown in there. That’s my love hate with CDP.
Lyle Fass

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@Jonathan Wall the heat. So many at 15% and beyond. This was 14.5 in a leaner styled vintage and was just glorious. But you’re love hate is pretty funny. Lol

Château de Vaudieu

Val de Dieu Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2013

Popped and poured; no formal notes. This is straight up in its sweet spot. Slightly funky with loads of brambles, some spiced meat, garrigue and dusty, rocky earth. Big. The tannins build with time. Just a touch hot but only on the finish…which is long and tasty. Drink now. — 12 days ago

Eric, Brian and 14 others liked this

Domaine Tour Saint-Michel

Cuvée des Deux Soeurs Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2012

Post drinking note: damn good. This wine was weird when initially released, but after several years in a cellar, delicious. See my most recent prior notes for more specifics. — 9 days ago

Severn, Dawn and 8 others liked this