91pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
From yields as low as 15 hectoliters per hectare (less than half of the maximum allowed in Châteauneuf-du-Pape), the 2016 Chimeres is 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah, half aged in demi-muids, the other half in concrete tanks. The wine showcases red fruit (cherries and raspberries), which accent it with dried spices and a hint of dark chocolate. It's full-bodied and supple, with just the slightest suggestion of warmth on the finish. It's another great value from proprietor-winemaker Jean-Marc Lafage to drink over the next few years.
91pts Wine & Spirits
A blend of syrah, grenache and carignan, this packs a lot of complexity into a $19 wine. It’s tangy, earthy and sweet at once, with notes of bitter herbs, tea and game balancing the ripe blackberry fruit. Sun-soaked and firm, it will play well off the savory flavors of game birds or meaty mushrooms.
Toasty oak and lovely, lifted floral aromas, textured tannins and deep, dense fruit on palate. A big, bold wine.
Chimères is made from vines of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan planted on black schist and schistous clay soils near the village of Maury (both inside and just outside the village boundaries so Chimères carries the Côtes du Roussillon Villages appellation). These sites are located at the base of the mountain-top fortress of Quéribus – one of the last sanctuaries of the Cathars. Made through a strict selection of fruit, first at the vineyard and then a berry by berry selection after destemming, Chimères captures the dark fruit flavors and spicy minerality of the black schist soils of greater Agly valley.
Blend: 70% Grenache, 30% Syrah