Domaine de la Charbonniere Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes 2017 - 750ml

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98pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Verging on surmaturité, the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Vieilles Vignes turns the volume up to 11, yet I couldn't help but be captivated by its nuance at the same time. Immensely concentrated raspberries, cherries and a hint of dark chocolate emerge on the nose of this blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Mourvèdre, joined by hints of Asian five spice and salted licorice. From the lieux-dits of la Crau (sud) and Cristia, it's full-bodied and hugely powerful (16% alcohol), yet it retains a sense of freshness and elegance on the long, silky-textured finish. Wow!  Rating: 96-98(+)

96pts James Suckling

Aromas of violets, dark cherries and white stones here, as well as a smooth and succulent feel to the palate. A wealth of blueberries, plums and garrigue, too. The palate has such depth and suave tannin delivery and the rich, dark-plum and cherry flavors hold so long and intense. This will age so well.

96pts Jeb Dunnuck

The 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape Cuvée Vieilles Vignes checks in as 90% Grenache and 10% Mourvèdre and it comes mostly from the La Crau lieu-dit, with a smaller amount from the Cristia lieu-dit (which isn’t far from where the domaine is located). Classic notes of kirsch liqueur, crushed rocks, spice, and incense all emerge from the glass, and it has a rich, structured, full-bodied style that’s going to benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age. Nevertheless, it shows the Provençal, classic style of this great vintage.

Winemaker Notes

This cuvée boasts hints of licorice, dark fruits and balsamic notes. Old vines offer restricted yields and vigor while concentrating energy on the grapes. This is evident here as the wine showcases intense red and black fruits, underbrush, roasted aromas and spice. The mouth offers a great density with a very long finish.

Blend: 90 % Grenache, 10% Mourvedre