94pts Jeb Dunnuck
A more serious, concentrated wine, the 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape boasts a vivid ruby/purple color as well as rocking notes of dark fruits, ground pepper, violets, tobacco, and loads of stony, earthy minerality. With full body, building ripe tannins, terrific mid-palate depth, and a great finish, give bottles 2-4 years and enjoy over the following 15.
Bright ruby. Ripe black and blue fruits, potpourri, incense and baking spices on the deeply perfumed, expansive nose. Coats the palate with sweet boysenberry, black raspberry and floral pastille flavors that are sharpened by emerging mineral and cracked pepper flourishes. Shows the depth and power of the vintage but comes off quite lively, delivering strong dark berry thrust on the long, gently tannic finish.
93pts Wine Spectator
Ripe and juicy, with engaging blackberry, black currant and black cherry paste flavors, wrapped in brambly grip and scored by licorice root and sweet tobacco accents on the finish. Shows a tug of dark earth throughout.
93pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Out of bottle, the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Grand Vin seems to have closed down a bit. Although still impressive for its concentration and length, it seems a bit chunky, delivering muscular black cherry fruit and hints of cedar, clove and leather. Full-bodied and tannic, it could use another year or two of cellaring and then drink well for a decade.
92pts James Suckling
This leads with roussanne (50%) and has a fresh and vibrant core of ripe-peach and lemon aromas. The palate is fresh, creamy and balanced with some quite crisp structure and a long, gently nutty finish.
Deep, dark and dense red color. An intense nose of red and black berries and spice. A beautiful composition, with silky tannins, power and elegance. Expressive, noble and complete.
Pair with red meats either grilled or cooked in sauces, game birds, or aged cheeses.