97pts Jeb Dunnuck
Deeper colored, the 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape Cuvée Chaupin comes mostly from the Chaupoin lieu-dit yet always has small parts from La Janasse and a sandy part of the La Crau lieu-dit. Blackberries, ground herbs, graphite, and new leather notes all emerge from this concentrated, rich, powerful wine that stays tight, focused, and elegant on the palate. It's a killer wine, but it's going to need time. Rating: 97+
94pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The all-Grenache 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Chaupin is sourced from sandy soils and ages in a combination of foudres and demi-muids. It shows more structure than the regular cuvée, supporting the ripe raspberry and blackberry fruit with bright acids and velvety tannins. Full-bodied and rich, it's long, picking up hints of licorice on the finish.
93pts James Suckling
There’s a very rich and deeply detailed edge here and the 20% whole clusters are certainly adding some interest and complexity at this early stage. The palate has a firmish and fresh feel with a wealth of detailed tannin and a supple, even and juicy core of dark ripe berries. Great balance and deceptive power. Drink or hold.
93pts Wine Spectator
Warm cherry and plum paste flavors form the core, with melted red licorice, singed balsam and grilled herb notes. Reveals a gentle tug of earth at the very end. A strong effort for the vintage. Drink now through 2034.
Chaupin was first conceived when Eric Solomon began importing Domaine de la Janasse to the US in 1990. At the time, Eric was struck by the purity and energy of the old-vine Grenache that Christophe Sabon made from the lieu-dit of Chapouin and he convinced him to bottle a portion of this wine as a separate cuvée. Since that time the sourcing of Chaupin has expanded to include Grenache from sandy soils in La Janasse and Le Crau.