Intense, with a delicious core of warm raspberry pate de fruit, cassis and linzer torte flavors wrapped in licorice and singed alder notes. The long finish has some heft but stays racy and driven overall, showing a flash of iron through the finish. Well-built. Best from 2020 through 2035
The Wine Advocate
Showing a touch of warmth on the powerful finish, the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Prestige should be drunk while young. The tannins are supple to the point of creaminess and the cherry-cola fruit is kept lively through a touch of green herbs or stems. The blend is 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre and 5% assorted other varieties; the élevage is in a combination of foudres and tronconic vats.
Fresh aromas of dark toasted baking spices, licorice and star anise with sappy dark plum and blackberry fruit, too. The palate has seamlessly smooth and fluid texture. Tannins are long and hold a ripe, dark plum-flavored finish.