This Week's Must-Try Wines from Vinous

Welcome to this week's Vinous Top Ten! Each week we compile a list of wines from the Vinous database that you need to add to your wine wish list. With all the various regions, producers, and grapes, no week will be the same! All of the wines listed in this feature are available for purchase on Banquet . This week's must-try wines are from Josh Raynolds’ article, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Weathers the Challenges and Changes . Enjoy an excerpt from this article and notes for this week's top ten below! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ “Châteauneuf-du-Pape has plenty to offer in 2019, 2018 and 2017, although not in the quantities of the preceding two years. All three vintages produced several wines that are extremely user-friendly, offering abundant, expressive fruit and adequate but not forbidding structure, which is what the market is demanding more and more of these days.” --Josh Raynolds, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Weathers the Challenges and Changes, October 2021 1. 2017 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Hommage à Jacques Perrin 2. 2018 Clos Saint-Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Combe des Fous 3. 2018 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 4. 2018 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Hauts-Lieux 5. 2019 Domaine de Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 6. 2018 Domaine du Pegau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée 7. 2019 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau 8. 2019 Domaine Isabel Ferrando Châteauneuf-du-Pape Colombis 9. 2019 Domaine Saint-Préfert Châteauneuf-du-Pape Collection Charles Giraud 10. 2019 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Le Vieux Donjon

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhône Blend 2019

Delectable Wine
9.5

Dark violet. Highly fragrant red/blue fruit preserve, potpourri and garrigue aromas and building licorice and exotic spice accents on the nose. Impressively concentrated and penetrating on the palate, offering alluringly sweet cherry, boysenberry, candied lavender and spicecake flavors that tighten up steadily through the back half. Shows plenty of power but comes of lithe and finishes extremely long, smooth and spicy, with polished tannins lending subtle grip. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, October 2021)
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Domaine du Pegau

Cuvée Réservé Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2018

Delectable Wine
9.5

Brilliant ruby. Smoky, mineral-tinged aromas of raspberry, cherry preserves, garrigue and exotic spices show excellent clarity and acquire a gamy nuance as the wine opens up. At once rich and energetic in character, offering well-concentrated red berry, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors and a sweetening touch of candied lavender. Shows fine definition and finishes gently, spicy and impressively long, with repeating florality and steadily building tannins. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, October 2021)
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Domaine de la Janasse

Vieilles Vignes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2018

Delectable Wine
9.5

Dark violet. A deeply perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red/blue fruits, incense and exotic spices, and a floral accent builds as the wine opens up. Sweet and expansive in the mouth, offering lush black raspberry, boysenberry and spicecake flavors that are energized by a core of juicy acidity. Shows excellent clarity and solid, spicy thrust on a long, sweet finish framed by velvety tannins. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, October 2021)
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Domaine Saint Préfert

Collection Charles Giraud Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhône Blend 2019

Delectable Wine
9.7

Opaque ruby. A complex, expansive bouquet evokes ripe red7blue fruits, exotic spices and potpourri, all enlivened by a smoky mineral nuance that builds as the wine opens up. Sweet, chewy and energetic in the mouth, offering concentrated black raspberry, boysenberry, violet pastille and fruitcake flavors that show excellent clarity and back-end lift. The mineral and floral notes build on an insanely long, penetrating finish shaped by emerging, polished tannins. This monumental wine was fermented in concrete tanks and raised in demi-muids. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, October 2021)
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Domaine de Marcoux

Vieilles Vignes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhône Blend 2019

Delectable Wine
9.7

Saturated ruby. A heady, impressively complex bouquet evokes ripe red fruits, candied flowers, garrigue and incense, along with exotic spice and mineral notes that build with air. Utterly stains the palate with vibrant raspberry liqueur, cherry cola, licorice and fruitcake flavors that are sharpened by a jolt of spiciness on the back half. Polished tannins add gentle grip to the strikingly long, floral-dominated finish, which shows no rough edges. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, October 2021)
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Clos Saint Jean

La Combe des Fous Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2018

Delectable Wine
9.5

Opaque ruby. A powerfully scented bouquet displays mineral-accented boysenberry and Chambord scents complemented by suggestions of pungent flowers, Indian spices and incense. Intense red/blue fruit preserve, cherry cola and fruitcake flavors show superb definition and silky texture. Comes off graceful despite its depth and finishes on a repeating floral note, displaying outstanding persistence and bright, mineral lift. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, October 2021)
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Domaine Isabel Ferrando

Colombis Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2019

Delectable Wine
9.6

Deep, shimmering ruby. Expansive, mineral- and spice-accented red and dark berry preserve, incense, cola and garrigue qualities on the finely detailed nose. Palate-staining cherry pie, raspberry, boysenberry, floral pastille and fruitcake flavors show uncanny energy for their depth. The spice and floral notes dominate a seriously long, sappy finish framed by velvety, well-knit tannins. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, October 2021)
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Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe

La Crau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc White Rhone Blend 2019

Delectable Wine
9.5

Saturated ruby. Deep-pitched red/blue fruit liqueur aromas pick up suggestions of licorice, pipe tobacco and pungent flowers and herbs with air. In a lush, weighty style, offering expansive black raspberry, cherry cola, singed plum and fruitcake flavors sharpened by a jolt of spiciness on the back half. For all this wine's richness, it's energetic as well, showing solid, spice- and floral-driven persistence on the finish, which is framed by velvety, even tannins. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, October 2021)
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Domaine de la Vieille Julienne

Les Hauts-Lieux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2018

Delectable Wine
9.5

Brilliant violet. Cherry, blackberry, pungent flowers, allspice and garrigue on the assertively perfumed nose. Sappy and broad on entry, offering appealingly sweet red and dark berry flavors that tighten up and become spicier through the midpalate. There's excellent depth here, but there's energy as well. Closes impressively long and gently chewy, with resonating cherry and floral notes and slowly building tannins that add discreet grip. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, October 2021)
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Château de Beaucastel

Hommage à Jacques Perrin Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2017

Delectable Wine
9.7

Glass-staining ruby. Dark berry preserves, cherry cola, Moroccan spices and licorice on the intensely perfumed, mineral-accented nose. Palate-staining, sharply focused black/blue fruit, spicecake and candied violet flavors show superb energy for their depth. Picks up mocha and succulent herb nuances with air. it finishes extremely long and smoky, with resonating floral and spice notes and mounting tannins. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, October 2021)
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