97pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
In case readers were wondering, it is possible to be disappointed by a wine that rates "only" 97 points. I had such high hopes for the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape La Reserve after tasting it last year, but this year the bottled wine is only extraordinary, not potentially perfect. Hints of cedar and vanilla from aging in 20% new demi-muids accent ripe black cherries in this full-bodied, silky-textured but concentrated wine that once again manages to combine richness with airiness, power with elegance and features a finish that lingers while being refreshing at the same time. It's still a major-league contender for wine of the vintage.
97pts Jeb Dunnuck
More closed, yet still loaded with potential, the 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape La Reserve offers a tight, reserved bouquet of cassis and blackberry fruits intermixed with ample spice box, mineral, and meaty notes developing with time in the glass. Full-bodied, concentrated, and straight on the palate, it has beautiful depth and richness, yet needs 4-5 years of bottle age.
Grown on sand in lieux-dits La Guigasse and Pignan, the fruit is destemmed and fermented in tronconic vats, then matured mostly in demi-muid, and 10% in amphora, for 14 months. It has very precise loganberry fruit with a hint of balsamic lift on the nose. It's medium- to full-bodied with no heaviness, and there's a pleasing lightness of touch despite the fact it's built on a firm foundation of ripe tannin. A very long finish shows off the wine's great finesse, with a gentle mineral undertow. Intense, elegant and textural.
94pts James Suckling
Juicy and focused, with a long beam of cherry, plum and raspberry puree flavors running through, flanked by light apple wood and red licorice details. The fresh and sleek finish makes this accessible now, but there’s plenty of fruit in reserve.
This wine presents a beautiful red Vermeil color on Amarante refections. The nose is on delicate notes of a multitude of spices and on red flesh fruits. The mouth is smooth, elegantly marked by silky tannins, where we found aromas of liqueur of stone fruits and strawberry, highlighted by sweet spices, light tobacco, cloves, Sichuan and Madagascar pepper. This wine is marked by the magnificent length
Blend : 55% Grenache - 45% Mourvèdre