Chateauneuf du Pape translates to new house of the pope. When Pope Clement V moved to Avignon in 1317 he was an avid wine lover. The papacy remained in this region through the 14th century.
An impressive expression of this classic Rhone blend. 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Mouvedre and 5% Cinsault. Clos des Brusquieres boasts aromas of red berries, black fruit and dried flowers.
The average age of the vines is 40 years, with some vines dating back to the early 1900s. All the grapes are hand harvested during multiple passes through the vines. This stunning Chateau Neuf-du-Pape is fermented in cement tanks, for 3-4 week. Aging takes place in neutral french oak. The wines are neither filtered nor fined, ensuring maximum flavor in the wine.
Pairings: Rabbit, lamb, duck confit, marinated steak, grilled octopus, blue cheese stuffed dates
Wine Spectator: 94 Points Ripe and compact, this features waves of raspberry pâte de fruit, plum coulis and cassis avors, ecked with mouthwatering anise, apple wood and rooibos tea notes. The long finish shows finely beaded acidity, letting the fruit unfurl wonderfully. Best from 2020 through 2040
Vinuous: 94 points Limpid ruby. Sexy red berry liqueur, incense and candied lavender aromas are complemented by a smoky mineral aspect and a hint of baking spices. Sappy and focused in the mouth, offering juicy raspberry liqueur and floral pastille flavors that put on weight and become sweeter with air. Delivers a suave blend of power and finesse and closes on a gently tannic note, displaying impressive focus and floral-driven persistence.
Wine Advocate: 92 PointsThe full-bodied 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape is a blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre and 5% other permitted varieties grown in three different lieux-dits. Hints of garrigue, black tea and allspice accent raspberry fruit in this creamy, lush-textured offering that shows good depth and a long, velvety finish.