93 - 95 pts Robert Parker's
Like the other 2017s here, the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Safres is full-bodied, concentrated and velvety in texture, while boasting exceptional aromas and flavors of red raspberries and ripe cherries. Ripe, supple and long, it should be a winner.
The consistent high quality of this estate's wines makes it a perennial favorite of mine. New developments here include the addition of purchased wine to the entry-level cuvées, without any loss of quality. Winemaker Bruno Gaspard admits 2016 is a good vintage, grinning when asked about it. "It's not too solar, not heavy," he said. The 2017s at this address boast an extra level of concentration that must be the result of the vintage's low yields, yet they remain supple and balanced. Although two potentially perfect red Châteauneuf-du-Papes lead the list, don't overlook the various Côtes du Rhône bottlings, which often represent great value, or the white wines, all of which seem better every year.
WINEMAKER TASTING NOTES :
This wine has a beautiful Andrinople red color with Carmine reflections.
Beautiful nose dominated by the red wilds fruits combined with spicy notes of badiana, cardamom and Indian curry.
The mouth is all finesse and elegance on very silky tannins.
There are nice aromas of liquorice and black plum cream.
Beautiful finesse and beautiful elegance remember us wines from Burgundy.
FOOD AND WINE PAIRING :
Bresse capon – Pressed duck – Fried ceps from Mont-Ventoux.
70% Grenache - 15% Mourvèdre - 15% Syrah