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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) 96 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) 98 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)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The blockbuster styled 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape A La Gloire de Mon Grand-Père (98% Grenache and 2% Cinsault) put a smile on my face and offers full-bodied, layered, decadent notes of kirsch, blackberries, dried stones/earth and lavender. Its a big wine, yet stays balanced, silky and even elegant on the palate, with notable tannic grip. It will keep for 15+ years. (JD)" (10/2016)

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)

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

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The old vine cuvée is the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes and is a non-destemmed blend of 90% Grenache and 5% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre. Aged in foudre and demi-muids, it offers textbook notes of black raspberries, kirsch, garrigue, pepper and leafy herbs, as well as full-bodied richness, ripe, polished tannin and a great finish. Ive found this cuvée to be a touch rustic in the past, but recent vintages show another level of purity, elegance and finesse. (JD)" (10/2016)

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 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)

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)

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

96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the gems of the vintage, Ferrandos 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Colombis is a sensational-looking barrel sample thats about as good as they come. Absolutely loaded with notions of black raspberries, strawberry jam, Provençal herbs and toasted spice, this heavenly beauty has full-bodied richness, a layered, multi-dimensional texture, sweet tannin and impeccable balance. Grenache lovers need to beg, borrow or steal to get ahold of some of this! (JD)" (10/2016)

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)