This Week's Must-Try Wines from Vinous

Welcome to this week's Vinous Top Ten! Each week we compile a list of top ten 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 The Riches and Richness of Chateauneuf-du-Pape . Enjoy an excerpt from his article and his notes for this week's top ten below! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ “Châteauneuf-du-Pape fans will find plenty to like from 2017, a vintage marked by consistently warm to hot weather that yielded distinctly rich, fleshy, fruit-driven wines. The growing season presented its share of challenges, and yet the best wines are compelling. Even so, readers need to be selective, as the style of the year is quite particular, and some wines are overdone.” --Josh Raynolds, The Riches and Richness of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, December 2019 1. Bosquet des Papes 2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Tradition 2. Chapelle St. Théodoric 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Guigasse 3. Clos des Brusquières 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 4. Clos des Papes 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 5. Delas Frères 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Haute Pierre 6. Domaine Bois de Boursan 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 7. Domaine Brun Avril 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 8. Éric Texier 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 9. Rotem & Mounir Saouma 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Omnia 10. Saint Cosme 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Bosquet des Papes

Cuvée Tradition Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhône Blend 2017

Delectable Wine
9.2

Lurid magenta. Expansive aromas of mineral-tinged red berries, incense and cola, joined by a suave floral nuance as the wine opens up. Appealingly sweet and seamless on the palate, offering juicy raspberry, cherry, spicecake and candied licorice flavors that are braced by a spine of juicy acidity. Finishes smooth and long, with gentle tannins and lingering floral pastille and star anise notes. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, December 2019)
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Clos des Papes

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhône Blend 2016

Delectable Wine
9.7

Lurid ruby. A complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes raspberry liqueur, cherry compote, exotic spices and candied lavender. Juicy, seamless and alluringly sweet, offering impressively concentrated and sharply delineated flavors of sappy red fruits, succulent herbs, spicecake and candied flowers that spread out steadily on the back half. Densely packed but also lithe in character, finishing with slow-building tannins that shape the exuberant red fruit on the extremely long, sappy and penetrating finish. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, December 2019)
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Rotem & Mounir Saouma

Omnia Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2016

Delectable Wine
9.6

Limpid violet. Displays seductively perfumed raspberry preserve, exotic spice and lavender oil qualities on the nose, along with hints of incense and smoky minerals. Juicy, seamless and energetic on the palate, offering intense red berry liqueur, fruitcake and floral pastille flavors that show outstanding clarity and spicy cut. Fine-grained tannins frame a strikingly long, penetrating finish that shows superb red fruit- and mineral-driven persistence. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, December 2019)
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Chapelle St. Theodoric

La Guigasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Grenache 2016

Delectable Wine
9.4

Limpid magenta. Intense, mineral-tinged aromas of ripe red fruits, candied lavender, baking spices and incense show sharp delineation and energetic lift. Palate-staining red and blue fruit preserve flavors are complemented by floral pastille and spicecake qualities that firm up slowly on the back half. Distinctly rich but fresh and structured as well, showing superb finishing clarity, well-knit tannins and lingering floral and mineral notes. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, December 2019)
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Delas Frères

Haute Pierre Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2016

Delectable Wine
9.3

Deep shimmering ruby. Pungent red berry preserve and garrigue aromas are energized by a mineral flourish and a spicy suggestion of white pepper. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering appealing sweet cherry and raspberry flavors that show excellent depth and clarity. Closes smooth and subtly tannic, displaying even tannins, a touch of candied lavender and impressive length. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, December 2019)
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Domaine Brun-Avril

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2015

Delectable Wine
9.3

Deep vivid red. A highly complex bouquet evokes ripe red and dark berries, pungent flowers and garrigue, and a smoky mineral nuance builds in the glass. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering intense raspberry, cherry and cassis flavors that become spicier and livelier on the back half. Finishes very long and chewy, with repeating florality and steadily building tannins. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, December 2019)
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Château de Saint-Cosme

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhône Blend 2016

Delectable Wine
9.3

Brilliant ruby-red. Smoke- and mineral-accented dark berries, licorice and garrigue on the highly perfumed nose. Sappy, expansive blackberry and bitter cherry flavors unfurl and become sweeter with air, picking up a sexy floral note on the back half. Combines power and finesse with a sure hand and finishes very long and spicy, with rounded tannins lending gentle grip. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, December 2019)
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Clos des Brusquières

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhône Blend 2016

Delectable Wine
9.4

Vivid ruby-red. Highly perfumed red and dark berry liqueur, incense and Asian spice aromas show excellent clarity and pick up a suave floral nuance with air. Supple, open-knit and juicy on the palate, offering deeply concentrated black raspberry, cherry cola and floral pastille flavors and an exotic touch of five-spice powder. The floral quality repeats strongly on a smooth, impressively persistent finish that shows just a hint of supple, fine-grained tannins. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, December 2019)
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Domaine Bois de Boursan

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2016

Delectable Wine
9.1

Dark red. Powerful dark fruit and pungent floral qualities on the nose, along with hints of licorice and succulent herbs. In a weighty style for the vintage, offering palate-coating cherry preserve and black raspberry flavors that turn sweeter as the wine opens up. Dusty tannins build steadily on a long, chewy finish that leaves bitter cherry and blueberry notes behind. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, December 2019)
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Éric Texier

Vieilles Vignes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2016

Delectable Wine
9.4

Shimmering ruby-red. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe cherry and black raspberry, garrigue and floral pastille qualities, and a sneaky mineral flourish builds in the glass. Shows impressive depth as well as finesse, offering sweet red and blue fruit, lavender, anise and spicecake flavors braced by a spine of juicy acidity. In a powerful but alluringly graceful style, showing impressive detail and a repeating floral note on the impressively long finish, which features smooth tannins and a resonating mineral note. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, December 2019)
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