82% Grenache, 5% Mourvèdre, 5% Syrah, 4% Vaccarèse, 4% Counoise. Distinctive candied nose with loads of black cherry character and some floral notes. Powdery tannic grip on the palate, good core fruit persistence. After such a distinctive nose, the finish is quite simple. (RH)
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2028
Robert Parker 92-94
“Based on a prospective blend tasted blind, Charvin’s 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape looks promising. A blend of 82% Grenache, 5% each Mourvèdre and Syrah and 4% each Counoise and Vaccarèse, it offers lovely aromas of roses, tea leaves and raspberries that lead into a full-bodied wine. It’s creamy on the mid-palate, then shows some stemmy notes and increased astringency on the long, minty finish. If it comes together after bottling the way the 2015 did, it should perform at or above the high end of my score range.”
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2035
Jeb Dunnuck 97
Cut from the same cloth as the 2017, only broader and more expansive, the 2016 Châteauneuf Du Pape ranks with the finest vintages ever produced from this estate. Deep purple-colored with a sensational bouquet of blackberries, currants, ground pepper, crushed violets, and Asian spices, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a layered, multi-dimension texture, incredible elegance, sweet tannins, and a great, great finish. It’s a thrilling wine from a great winemaker. Drink it any time over the coming 20-25 years.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2039