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2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape - Five Collectibles From A Glorious Vintage - 03/04/2017 - Rhone Valley

2015 was a perfectly delightful vintage in the Southern Rhone with many of the top producers turning out exceptional cuvees that wine drinkers will want to return to time and again. The famed appellation of Châteauneuf-du-Pape fared particularly well with two favorite producers featured here garnering high points and press for their top bottlings. Bosquet des Papes, one of the region’s most exciting producers of late, thrilled with both their stunning "Gloire de mon Grand-Père" as well as the famed "Chante le Merle.” Equally as impressive was the potential classic "Reine des Bois" from Domaine de la Mordorée. This trio shows impeccable polish and poise and have strong potential for long-term aging. For those who love Châteauneuf with great purity of fruit, ripeness, and plenty of concentration these are gems you won’t want to miss.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
2015 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 92 >48 $39.99 View
2015 Bosquet des Papes "A la Gloire de mon Grand-Père" Châteauneuf-du-Papes (Pre-Arrival) 95 26 $59.99 View
2015 Bosquet des Papes "Chante le Merle" Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes (Pre-Arrival) 95 36 $59.99 View
2015 Domaine de la Mordorée "La Reine des Bois" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 96 32 $59.99 View
2015 Isabelle Ferrando "Colombis" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 96 33 $109.99 View

2015 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ($39.99)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 reds from these two brothers are some of the gems in the vintage. The 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape offers tons of black cherries, dried herbs, graphite and licorice to go with sweet tannin, medium to full-bodied richness and no hard edges. The two Maurel brothers, along with the ever-present Philippe Cambie, have brought this large estate up to the pinnacle of the Châteauneuf du Pape hierarchy, and theyve produced so many monumental bottles over the past decade or so its not even funny. (JD)" (10/2016)

90-92 points Vinous: "Brilliant ruby. Pungent dark berry, licorice and garrigue aromas are energized by a hint of white pepper. Chewy and focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry, cassis and blood orange flavors that show very good structure and depth. Closes long and spicy, displaying lingering dark fruit character, building tannins and a touch of succulent herbs. (JR)" (03/2017)

2015 Bosquet des Papes "A la Gloire de mon Grand-Père" Châteauneuf-du-Papes (Pre-Arrival) ($59.99)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Made from mostly Grenache, the 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape A La Gloire de Mon Grand-Père is another beauty that's up with the crème de las crème of the vintage. Kirsch, strawberries, dried flowers and spice notes give way to a full-bodied, supple, sexy red that has sweet tannin and a great finish. While it's a big, rich wine, it glides across the palate and is never heavy. It should keep for 10-15 years. This estate is managed by the larger than life Nicolas Boiron and his wines span the gauntlet from very traditional and old-school (Chante le Merle) to polished and modern (La Folie). This common theme across all the releases is incredibly high-quality. (JebDunnuck.com)" (10/2017)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Bosquet des Papes was successful across the board in 2015, as all of the four wines stood out in my blind tastings. My favorite (by a nose) was the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape A la Gloire de Mon Grandpere, which is 98% Grenache. On top of its lovely floral and cherry aromas, the mid-palate boasts incredible lushness and suppleness, then adds in complex spice elements. It's long, silky and only the slightest bit warm on the finish. It should make it to 2030, but there's no real need to wait. (JC)" (10/2017)

92-94 points Vinous: "(made with 50 percent whole clusters) Deep ruby. Powerful red and dark berry aromas are complicated by hints of smoky minerals, incense and lavender, and a subtle hint of white pepper develops with air. Juicy and concentrated yet lithe, offering sappy black raspberry, cherry compote and floral pastille flavors and a touch of allspice. The long, focused finish features resonating floral and dark berry notes and pliant tannins that emerge slowly and steadily. (JR)" (03/2017)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Lush and silky in feel, with creamed plum, raspberry and boysenberry fruit flavors gliding atop a very refined structure. Light anise, rooibos tea, bergamot and mulled blood orange notes deliver waves of nuance through the finish. Seductive. (JM)" (09/2017)

2015 Bosquet des Papes "Chante le Merle" Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes (Pre-Arrival) ($59.99)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "I love the 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes, and it's the most balanced and complete of this estate's 2015s. Garrigue, kirsch, spice, dried earth and garrigue nuances all flow to a full-bodied, supple, beautifully textured red that has classic aromas and flavors, polished, elegant tannin and a great finish. It's approachable today, yet will be even better with short-term cellaring and drink well for a decade or more. The 2015 is 86% Grenache and 7% each of Mourvèdre and Syrah, from 80-90-year-old vines, fermented with 100% whole clusters and aged in foudre (60%), demi-muids (30%) and concrete tanks (10%). This estate is managed by the larger than life Nicolas Boiron and his wines span the gauntlet from very traditional and old-school (Chante le Merle) to polished and modern (La Folie). This common theme across all the releases is incredibly high-quality. (JebDunnuck.com)" (10/2017)

93-95 points Vinous: "Vivid ruby. Pungent red berry, cherry liqueur, incense and anise scents are sharpened by a suggestion of peppery spices and a zesty mineral quality. Delivers intense raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that show outstanding clarity and slowly gain sweetness in the glass while picking up a sexy floral pastille nuance. This very youthful, decidedly pure wine unwinds very nicely with air and finishes extremely long, offering gentle sweetness and slow-building, harmonious tannins. (JR)" (03/2017)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Lush and lengthy, with gorgeous raspberry, boysenberry and black cherry pâte de fruit notes streaming through, while light anise, floral and incense accents add lift and range. The silky but persistent structure lets everything hang wonderfully through the finish, showing a lingering echo of shiso leaf for freshness. (JM)" (09/2017)

94 points James Suckling: "Dried red berry and slightly leafy notes with an array of gently spicy, potpourri-like aromas. The palate has a succulent, juicy and noble tannins texture, and salty appeal. Great build and length. Elegance with power. Drink from 2020." (08/2017)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The final blend of the captivating 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Chante le Merle Vieilles Vignes is 86% Grenache, with the balance equally split between Syrah and Mourvèdre. Delicate cherry and sandalwood perfumes rise from the glass, while the mid-palate delivers a full-bodied experience that seems almost weightless. The finish is long and silky, featuring a reprise of cherries and spice. It's just a lovely, elegant wine. (JC)" (10/2017)

2015 Domaine de la Mordorée "La Reine des Bois" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ($59.99)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the more polished, seamless and sexy vintages of this cuvée I can remember, the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée de la Reine des Bois sports a deep ruby/purple color to go with fabulous notes of black raspberries, graphite, creamy licorice, garrigue and sappy flowers. Full-bodied, silky, impeccably balanced and with impressive tannic grip and length, which builds with time in the glass, this sensational 2015 will be reasonably approachable by this estate's standards, yet have 15-20 years of prime drinking. Since the untimely death of Christophe Delorme last year, the winemaking at Domaine de la Mordorée has fallen to Rémy Chauvet, who was the cellar manager under Christophe for a number of years. Based on these 2015 barrel samples, the estate is obviously still in incredibly capable hands. 94-96+ Points (JD)" (10/2016)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Reine des Bois from Domaine de La Mordoree is solid in the vintage. A blend of 75% Grenache, 14% Mourvèdre and the rest Syrah, Vaccarèse and Counoise, aged in 25% new barrels, it offers the classic darker styled fruits of this cuvée, with lots of blackberry, currants, toasted spice, graphite, and licorice all emerging from the glass. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, with a supple, elegant style, it's already drinking beautifully, yet should evolve gracefully. This is one of the more elegant, mid-weight examples of this cuvée produced yet it will still keep for 10-12 years. (JebDunnuck.com)" (10/2017)

2015 Isabelle Ferrando "Colombis" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ($109.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From some of the appellation's cooler sites and 60- to 80-year-old vines, the 100% Grenache 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Colombis is a stunner. It has a true sense of garrigue, along with dark fruit, peppery spice and rich, velvety tannins. I wouldn't turn down a glass now, but it should be even better in a few years' time. (JC)" (10/2017)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Colombis is a more open, sexy wine based on very old vine Grenache from the sandy soils of the Colombis, Cristia and Rayas lieux-dits. Framboise, incense, potpourri and floral notes all emerge from this pretty, elegant, complex Grenache that has sweet fruit, polished tannins and a great finish. Like all the 2015s, it's made in a more elegant style, yet still packs ample fruit. Id happily drink bottles anytime over the coming 10-15 years. (JebDunnuck.com)" (10/2017)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Offers gorgeous mouthfeel, with very fine-grained tannins thoroughly embedded into the core of crushed blackberry, raspberry puree and plum pâte de fruit flavors. Mouthwatering licorice snap, black tea and graphite notes drive the finish, adding serious length and depth. Integrated enough to be tempting now, but this will deliver much more after cellaring. Best from 2020 through 2040. (JM, Web-2017)" (07/2017)

92-94 points Vinous: "Lurid ruby. Highly fragrant scents of ripe red berries, Indian spices, garrigue and candied flowers; a smoky mineral element builds steadily in the glass. Smooth and seamless in texture, offering palate-staining black raspberry, spicecake and floral pastille flavors that show a suave marriage of depth and vivacity. Closes spicy, gently tannic and impressively long, leaving lingering notes of emphatic red berry, allspice and floral pastille behind. (JR)" (03/2017)