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RED RHONE 1 - Chateauneuf Du Pape - Listed by DOMAINE

Where available, tasting scores and notes are by  Robert Parker (RP) and taken from his website  or The Wine Spectator (WS) from
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Part of the excellent 'Perrin' Estate which is better known for making the top Beaucastel
CNDP wines.
The fruit of the Les Chapouins comes from a small parcel of old vines situated on the edge of the Beaucastel estate and is vinified separately and matured, undisturbed, in a single 4500 litre foudre in the cellars at the Château.
Les Chapouins
Vieilles Vignes
Famille Perrin

No reviews as this wine is only made in very small quantities and only in top vintages.
Here is a brief summary that will show the potential to those of you who want some thing special:
The wine is a vibrant ruby in the glass, with just a touch of garnet at the rim. Immediately expressive and expansive on the nose, there are notes of red and black fruits . The result is a ripe yet savoury bouquet that is incredibly enticing. Thanks to the extended ageing in foudre, the typically firm tannins of the 2010 vintage have mellowed and integrated wonderfully into the ripe core of fruit, allowing brambly sweetness to shine through the developed leather and lightly gamey, peppery notes. There is a myriad of flavours through the mid-palate and onto the finish, aided by the smooth texture and vibrant acidity. The finish is long, savoury, spicy, fruitful and somehow both youthful and mature
2010 £55.00 2018-35

RP -
One of the benchmark estates, Clos des Papes covers close to 90 acres in Chateauneuf du Pape and is run by the incredibly talented Paul-Vincent Avril. Favouring a single cuvee, his Chateauneuf du Pape is always a blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre 10% Syrah and the rest a mix of Vaccarese, Counoise and Muscardin.
Clos de Papes has been practicing BIODYNAMIC farming for nearly 15 years, but they were not certified as biodynamic until 2011
Clos des Papes

RP -
Bottled in May, the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape is a floral, elegant, unbelievably complex wine. Roses and violets, cherries and stone fruit, cinnamon and allspice and more are carried across the full-bodied yet almost weightless palate, finishing in a swirl of silky tannins and lingering spice. Drink it over the next two decades.
2015 £82.00 RP97
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Top estate making
full-bodied CNDP; which is one of our favourite Rhone wines - we strongly recommend these excellent wines!
3 75cl Chateauneuf-du-Pape
'Les Quartz'
Clos du Caillou

RP -
The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Quartz, which is aged in both foudre and truncated oak vats, comes from two lieux-dits, Les Cassanets for the Grenache and Les Bedines for the Syrah. It reveals crushed raspberry and kirsch notes as well as a chalky stone-like character, but less of the Provencal roasted herb, lavender, and liquorice notes than its siblings. Drink this dense, full-bodied, impressive 2010 over the next 15-20 years.
2010 £47.00 RP96
7 75cl Chateauneuf-du-Pape
'Les Quartz'
Clos du Caillou

Wine Spectator -
This delivers mouth filling mocha, blackberry confiture, fig paste and liquorice flavours, along with loamy tannins and lots of bittersweet cocoa and coffee on the finish.
Despite its heft, it is polished and driven, showing the strength of this great vintage.
2005 £45.00 WS95

Super Wine - Highly Recommended!

TOP Vintage

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RP -
The Brunier family continues to turn out a beautiful array of wines, ranging from its value-priced Le Pigoulet and new entry called Megaphone, to their top-of-the-line, world-class Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape.
This estate is somewhat unusual in that it has 135 acres of contiguous parcels in the famous La Crau sector of Chateauneuf du Pape.
48 75cl Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Vieux Telegraph

RP -
The 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Piedlong is 90% Grenache (from the Piedlong lieu-dit) and 10% Mourvèdre. It offers mouth-watering elements of cherries and raspberries, rose petals and black tea. Silky, lacy and delicate in texture for such a full-bodied wine, it's immediately charming and seductive.
2016 £39.00 RP94
44 75cl Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Crau
Vieux Telegraph

RP -
Undoubtedly one of the top vintages of this wine, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape La Crau features classy notes of crushed stones and black tea to go along with ripe raspberries and black cherries. Full-bodied yet silky, there's more power and richness in La Crau than in Piedlong, yet there's commensurate elegance and finesse. The wine grows in intensity on the finish without ever seeming heavy or overripe, instead offering hints of tea and licorice.
2016 £56.00 RP96
59 75cl Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Crau
Vieux Telegraph

RP -
The flagship wine, the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape, is a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah and 5% other permitted varieties. It features delicate floral scents and ample cherry and liquorice aromas. Somehow, it manages to be full-bodied and almost creamy in texture but without much weight, then it ends powerfully, with a flourish of rich Mexican chocolate on the long, silky finish. It should drink well for up to 20 years.
2015 £49.00 RP94
45 37.5 As above, but
2015 £25.00 RP94

This estate is run by Lucien Michel, his wife, Marie-José, and daughter Claire. Keeping to tradition, they make only one cuvée of red Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
The Michels chose to retain 50 percent of the stems during fermentation to build the wine's structure.
The wine is matured in foudres at least two years old.
An excellent
"Good Value" estate that makes CNDP in the traditional style; powerful and succulent.
8 75cl Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Vieux Donjon

RP -
A classic wine from this estate, the 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape has beautiful kirsch, roasted meat, ground pepper and assorted wild herbs and lavender aromatics, medium to full-bodied richness, and a tight, structured and nicely concentrated palate.

Another bastion of traditional Chateauneuf du Papes, Le Vieux Donjon is run by the talented Claire Michel. She produces a single cuvee that’s always a rough blend of 70-75% Grenache and the rest Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault. It’s partial destemming and aging occurs all in old foudre. Classic, Provencal, old-school and high-quality are the buzzwords here.

2012 £32.00 RP92
5 75cl Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Vieux Donjon

RP -
The three component parts of the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape, Syrah from the estate’s holdings in Pialons, old vine Grenache from sandy terroirs, and Mourvedre, are all brilliant,
The wine reveals a dense purple colour along with a gorgeous bouquet of camphor, liquorice, graphite, sweet red and black fruits, smoked meats, and a hint of charcoal. Full-bodied and pure with plenty of Provencal garrigue and meaty characters, this superb, chewy red should turn out to be their finest effort since the 1998 and 1990.
2007 £61.00 RP96

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