2016 Bosquet des Papes "Tradition" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1377855 93 points Jeb Dunnuck

 A true gem of a wine, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape checks in as 75% Grenache, 12% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah and the balance a mix of permitted varieties. This classic cuvée comes from a multitude of sites throughout the appellation and is partially destemmed and brought up in concrete tanks and demi-muids. Terrific notes of peppery garrigue, new leather, and sweet red and black fruits all give way to a silky, seamless, full-bodied Châteauneuf-du-Pape that has no hard edges and a great finish. The classic cuvées are so good in 2016, it makes you wonder if the more expensive special cuvées are worth it. The gregarious Nicolas Boiron continues to produce an incredible lineup of wines that span the gamut from staunchly traditional in style, with plenty of stems and mostly concrete tanks aging, to close to 100% Grenache cuvées that are destemmed and aged in small amounts of new oak. Regardless, the wines today are impeccably made and show classic Southern Rhône characters. It’s worth noting that while the wines have always been solid, the quality soared around the 2010 vintage and today this estate unquestionably produces some of the top wines in the appellation.  (8/2018)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A terrific example of this bottling, the 2016 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Tradition is a blend of 75% Grenache, 12% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah and tiny amounts of Cinsault, Counoise and Vaccarèse. About 40% was destemmed in this textbook vintage, the fruit coming from 40 different parcels around the appellation. Floral and raspberry notes emerge on the nose, while the palate is full-bodied but silky textured, ending on subtle shadings of Provence herbs and licorice. It's a relative bargain that's easy to drink now, but it should easily go a decade or more in a cool cellar. (JC)  (8/2018)

90-92 points Vinous

 Vivid ruby-red. Highly perfumed aromas of fresh red berries, peppery spices and incense expand with air and pick up a smoky mineral aspect. Palate-caressing, appealingly sweet raspberry and spicecake flavors are joined by an exotic floral pastille quality that builds on the back half. Juicy, focused and lively in style, showing very good finishing clarity and smooth tannins that sneak up slowly. (JR)  (7/2018)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 An exuberant Châteauneuf, this is all cherries and spice, with tangy acidity lifting the liqueur-like fruit. It feels fresh in its violet scents and juicy in its fruit concentration, a sunny wine with immediate appeal, although there’s enough staying power in its lightly gravelly tannins to hold the wine for a few more years.  (10/2018)

Jancis Robinson

 75% Grenache, 11% Syrah, 11% Mourvèdre, 1% Cinsault, 1% Vaccarèse, 1% Counoise. Ripe and ready on the nose -- cherry and raspberry fruit with a touch of marzipan. Fine, firm tannin and a little liquorice complexity on the finish. Smooth and soft. Nicely done. (RH)  (10/2017)


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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape