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Limited Availability and Remarkable Prices on Rare Barroche Chateaunuef - New ‘15 Release - 04/13/2017 - Rhone Valley

In what is perhaps one of our best pre-arrival offers on Chateauneuf, we have secured a parcel of 2015s from the superstar producer Domaine Barroche. Earning high scores and very attractively priced this pair is precisely the kind of value we search long and hard for. A darling of the critics these limited production CDPs from Barroche have gained a dedicated following over the years and in the best vintages offer some of the most sought after wines in the region. Given the exceptional nature of the 2015 vintage, it should come as little surprise that Barroche delivered a pair of blockbuster cuvees. Given that these prices represent the best you’ll find for any bottling of Barroche you’ll find in the market, it’s clear this is an opportunity to act on and quickly.

The 2015s from Barroche are opulent and expressive without being too over the top. Harmoniously balanced and with ample accents of fruit, floral tones, and spice they are CDP at its very finest. Given the effusive press received the “Cuvee Pure” and “Signature” are sure to rise in price come subsequent releases, so now is the time to secure your bottles. As with the other stunning 2015 Chateauneufs, these bottlings from Barroche have the ability to cellar for decades, but will also offer wonderful near-term enjoyment. For any fan of the Southern Rhone, these wines will offer nothing short of pure delight.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2015 Domaine La Barroche "Cuvée Pure" Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 97 $79.99 View
2015 Domaine La Barroche Chateauneuf-du-Pape "Signature" (Pre-Arrival) 93 $39.99 View
2015 Bosquet des Papes "A la Gloire de mon Grand-Père" Châteauneuf-du-Papes (Pre-Arrival) 96 $59.99 View
2015 Bosquet des Papes "Chante le Merle" Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes (Pre-Arrival) 95 $59.99 View
2015 Château Beaucastel Roussanne Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Vieilles Vignes (Pre-Arrival) 97 $139.99 View
2015 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 95 $69.99 View
2015 Chateau de Vaudieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape "Amiral G" (Pre-Arrival) 97 $89.99 View
2015 Chateau de Vaudieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape "l'Avenue" (Pre-Arrival) 96 $89.99 View
2015 Chateau de Vaudieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape "Val de Dieu" (Pre-Arrival) 96 $64.99 View
2015 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 96 $79.99 View
2015 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival) 96 $159.99 View
2015 Domaine de la Janasse "Chaupin" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 96 $64.99 View
2015 Domaine de la Janasse "Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 97 $89.99 View
2015 Domaine de Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 94 $44.99 View
2015 Domaine de Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes (Pre-Arrival) 98 $129.99 View
2015 Domaine Durieu "Lucile Avril" Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 95 $34.99 View
2015 Domaine Giraud "Gallimardes" Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 97 $79.99 View
2015 Domaine Giraud "Les Grenaches de Pierre" Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 97 $89.99 View
2015 Domaine Grand Veneur "Les Origines" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 96 $49.99 View
2015 Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc "La Fontaine" (Pre-Arrival) 94 $44.99 View
2015 Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes (Pre-Arrival) 98 $79.99 View
2015 La Ferme du Mont "Côtes Capelan" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 97 $59.99 View
2015 La Ferme du Mont "Vendanges" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 94 $34.99 View
2015 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 95 $44.99 View
2015 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival) 95 $79.99 View
2015 Roger Sabon "Prestige" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 95 $59.99 View
2015 Roger Sabon "Réserve" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 95 $39.99 View
2015 Roger Sabon "Secret de Sabon" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 97 $149.99 View


2015 Domaine La Barroche "Cuvée Pure" Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ($79.99)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the most impressive barrel samples of this cuvée I can remember, the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Pure is always almost 100% Grenache that comes from a tiny parcel of sandy soils located right at the junction of the Grand Pierre, Pointu and Rayas lieux-dits. Partially destemmed, vinified in concrete and aged in a single, ancient foudre, this sensational-looking Châteauneuf du Pape dishes out incredible amounts of ripe cherries, blueberries, crushed rocks and crushed flowers. Big, full-bodied, thick and unctuous, it got a few expletives in the notes, and for all its size and weight, it stays lively, pure and even elegant. My money is on this beauty being one of the top wines in the vintage. (JD)" (10/2016)

93-95 points Vinous: "Lurid ruby. A complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes fresh dark berries, cola, incense and potpourri, and a hint of smoky minerality emerges with air. Juicy, penetrating black raspberry, bitter cherry and lavender pastille flavors show superb depth and energy and stretch out to become sweeter on the back half. Shows excellent clarity and spicy lift on a long, sappy finish framed by velvety, slow-building tannins. For such a generous wine, there's no lack of vivacity here. (JR)" (03/2017)

2015 Domaine La Barroche Chateauneuf-du-Pape "Signature" (Pre-Arrival) ($39.99)

91-93 points Vinous: "(fermented in concrete eggs and aged in foudres and stainless steel tanks) Vivid ruby. Highly expressive cherry and black raspberry aromas are complicated by energetic floral and Asian spice nuances. Sappy, sweet and broad in the mouth, offering juicy, densely packed red and dark berry flavors that become deeper as the wine open up. Stains the palate and shows impressive vivacity on the persistent, floral-dominated finish, which is framed by silky, harmonious tannins." (03/2017)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Signature is a blend of 62% Grenache, 18% Mourvèdre, 13% Syrah and the rest Vaccarèse, Clairette Rose and Cinsault. Vinified all in concrete and aged in a combination of foudre, demi-muids and stainless steel, it offers a tight, grippy, medium to full-bodied and beautifully structured style, as well as classic notes of black raspberries, black cherries, crushed flowers and hints of crushed rock. I love its tension, purity and focus, and it has terrific length on the finish as well. The young superstar Julien Barrot has just completed construction on a new cellar and the 2016 vintage should be the first vintage made completely at the new site (I believe the 2015 might have been aged there). Looking at his 2015s, there are only two cuvées produced, the classic Châteauneuf du Pape, which is 62% Grenache, 18% Mourvèdre and the rest Syrah and other permitted grapes, and the 100% Grenache Châteauneuf du Pape Pure. The Pure cuvée is always made in a single, old foudre, and while it can normally be reserved and difficult to be evaluated from barrel, it was singing on this occasion. Its also worth noting his new Vin de France cuvée, which is from a newly acquired parcel of old vines. In addition, it gets a small part of declassified Châteauneuf du Pape grapes, hence why its released as a Vin de France and not a Côtes du Rhône (Châteauneuf du Pape can only be declassified into Vin de France, not Côtes du Rhône). I wasnt able to get a suggested retai" (10/2016)

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. (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." (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." (03/2017)

2015 Château Beaucastel Roussanne Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Vieilles Vignes (Pre-Arrival) ($139.99)

94-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Even better than the Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc, the richer, more concentrated 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Roussanne Vieilles Vignes comes from a single parcel of vines located beside the Chateau that were planted in 1909. Full-bodied, rich, gorgeously concentrated and textured, with fabulous notes of orange blossom, buttered citrus, marmalade and honey, it will be up with the crème de la crème of the vintage. Its worth noting that since 2009, the estate has changed the viticulture with regards to their whites, moving to slightly larger yields, with the goal of making a more elegant white that ages more predictably. This reference point estate continues to achieve incredible quality in just about every vintage. Theyve certainly made the wine of the vintage in 2014 with their Hommage a Jacques Perrin release, and it defies the vintage characteristics. As to their 2015s, Marc Perrin commented during my visit that hed never seen a vintage where ever variety excelled like in 2015. I was able to taste through all of the single varieties that will go into their Châteauneuf du Pape cuvées, and hell get no argument from me on that assertion. Ive also opted to include their Famille Perrin Gigondas and Vinsobres releases in this report as well. The top cuvées from Gigondas (no Vieilles Vignes was presented this go around) are truly great wines; the Vinsobres Les Hauts de Julien is easily one of the top wines from the appellation and would pass undetected in a blind lineup of grea" (10/2016)

94 points Vinous: "(half raised in stainless steel tanks and half raised in barriques) Limpid yellow-gold. Expansive aromas of orange pith, nectarine, iodine, pungent flowers and honey acquire a smoky mineral nuance as the wine opens up. Densely packed and vibrant as well, offering ripe citrus and pit fruit flavors that show a refreshingly bitter edge and a core of minerality. Tense, pure and vibrant for its size, finishing with emphatic mineral thrust and persistent floral and citrus fruit notes. The interplay of richness and energy here is really impressive. (JR)" (06/2017)

2015 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ($69.99)

95 points Decanter: "Depth and detail on the dark-fruit nose. Stylish, balanced and very persistent, delivers crunchy, spicy fruit.Drinking Window 2020 - 2044. (JL)" (04/2017)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I was able to taste all of the components of the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape and this is a vintage described by Marc Perrin where every variety excelled. The Grenache and Mourvèdre were the clear standouts, both possessing terrific concentration, purity of fruit and ripe tannic structure. This will certainly be an outstanding wine, and it has a touch more concentration than the 2012. This reference point estate continues to achieve incredible quality in just about every vintage. Theyve certainly made the wine of the vintage in 2014 with their Hommage a Jacques Perrin release, and it defies the vintage characteristics. As to their 2015s, Marc Perrin commented during my visit that hed never seen a vintage where ever variety excelled like in 2015. I was able to taste through all of the single varieties that will go into their Châteauneuf du Pape cuvées, and hell get no argument from me on that assertion. Ive also opted to include their Famille Perrin Gigondas and Vinsobres releases in this report as well. The top cuvées from Gigondas (no Vieilles Vignes was presented this go around) are truly great wines; the Vinsobres Les Hauts de Julien is easily one of the top wines from the appellation and would pass undetected in a blind lineup of great northern Rhône Syrahs." (10/2016)

93-95 points Vinous: "Brilliant ruby. Spice-accented aromas of ripe red fruits, candied flowers, earth and smoky minerals; a zesty white pepper quality emerges with aeration. Sweet, expansive and energetic on the palate, offering intense raspberry, spicecake and lavender flavors and a subtle touch of smoke. Completely stains the palate and shows outstanding clarity on the strikingly long, focused finish, where smooth tannins make a late appearance." (03/2017)

Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 09, 2017

A recent visit to Beaucastel for some barrel tasting definitely showed us why this is consistently one of the best producers in the region. The 2015 has all of the beautiful rich undertones of classic CDP with the fresh lifted quality of the vintage. Copious fruit, spicebox nuances and an impeccably balanced palate of sweet tannins and underlying acidity. A wine that will drink well in its youth and evolve gracefully for 15-20 years.

2015 Chateau de Vaudieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape "Amiral G" (Pre-Arrival) ($89.99)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Amiral G. comes from a single parcel and is a huge wine that I suspect will be in the top one to two wines of the vintage. Giving up awesome notes of Provençal garrigue, strawberry jam, kirsch, incense and peppered meats, it has full-bodied richness, a broad, expansive feel on the palate and sweet tannin. I dont think it has the density and structure of the 2010 (which is a monumental wine!), but this is a tour de force in Grenache that Châteauneuf du Pape lovers shouldnt miss! Located just next to Rayas, this large, historic estate has been run with incredible precision and passion by Laurent Bréchet since 1990. Today hes aided by superstar Rhône consultant, Philippe Cambie, and the lineup has grown to include numerous new single parcel cuvées, both in red and white. In addition, during my visit I was able to taste a bottle of the 2010 Châteauneuf du Pape Amiral G., which I rated 99 points on release. Im happy to report it lived up to every one of those points, plus one more." (10/2016)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Features a solid core of lightly steeped kirsch, black cherry and raspberry fruit, backed by singed juniper and apple wood notes that lend aromatic and textural contrast. Tobacco, shiso leaf and blood orange details score the finish, giving this a mouthwatering profile. (JM)" (07/2017)

93-95 points Vinous: "Bright magenta. Powerful, mineral-laced raspberry, cherry and incense aromas pick up exotic suggestions of Asian spices and blood orange with air. Palate-staining red fruit liqueur and floral pastille flavors deepen and spread out with air while retaining vivacity and focus. Smoothly blends power and finesse; a zesty mineral quality adds cut to the strikingly long, floral-driven finish." (03/2017)

2015 Chateau de Vaudieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape "l'Avenue" (Pre-Arrival) ($89.99)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "100% Grenache thats aged all in demi-muids, the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape L'Avenue is similar to the Amiral G., yet is slightly more tight, focused and concentrated. Coming from a tiny strip of vines located right next to Rayas, it offers sensational notes of strawberry jam, kirsch, mulled blackberries, graphite and exotic spices to go with full-bodied richness and depth, as well as fine, sweet tannin. Give bottles 2-3 years of cellaring, count yourself lucky, and drink them over the following 15 years or more. Located just next to Rayas, this large, historic estate has been run with incredible precision and passion by Laurent Bréchet since 1990. Today hes aided by superstar Rhône consultant, Philippe Cambie, and the lineup has grown to include numerous new single parcel cuvées, both in red and white. In addition, during my visit I was able to taste a bottle of the 2010 Châteauneuf du Pape Amiral G., which I rated 99 points on release. Im happy to report it lived up to every one of those points, plus one more." (10/2016)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Very silky in feel, with beguiling rooibos tea, bergamot and blood orange accents sitting atop the large core of cassis and raspberry pâte de fruit. Everything is in lockstep through the finish, where buried minerality adds the final touch. (JM)" (07/2017)

93-95 points Vinous: "Lurid ruby. Ripe cherry and dark berries on the explosively perfumed nose, complicated by hints of smoky minerals, incense and potpourri. Palate-staining, spice-laced cherry and black raspberry flavors show impressive depth and clarity, and a spine of juicy acidity provides lift and focus. Finishes extremely long and sweet, delivering solid thrust, a hint of candied flowers and suave, harmonious tannins." (03/2017)

2015 Chateau de Vaudieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape "Val de Dieu" (Pre-Arrival) ($64.99)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Val de Dieu is another serious, concentrated and incredibly layered wine from this rock star estate. Made from 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre, aged mostly in demi-muids, it has a kiss of toasty oak as well as notes of crème de cassis, toasted spiced, candied cherries and potpourri. This full-bodied, pure, elegant effort packs a ton of fruit, but like all of the wines here, is never over the top, stays balanced and graceful. Located just next to Rayas, this large, historic estate has been run with incredible precision and passion by Laurent Bréchet since 1990. Today hes aided by superstar Rhône consultant, Philippe Cambie, and the lineup has grown to include numerous new single parcel cuvées, both in red and white. In addition, during my visit I was able to taste a bottle of the 2010 Châteauneuf du Pape Amiral G., which I rated 99 points on release. Im happy to report it lived up to every one of those points, plus one more." (10/2016)

93-95 points Vinous: "Brilliant ruby. Sexy, intensely perfumed raspberry, boysenberry and rose pastille scents are complemented by hints of cola, rhubarb and peppery spices. Palate-staining red and blue fruit flavors show impressive power as well as vivacity thanks to a spine of juicy acidity. The floral quality comes back emphatically on a very long, sappy finish shaped by smooth tannins. This wine's urgency and power are superb, as is its balance." (03/2017)

95 points Wine Spectator: "This has the fleshy, pure and driven vintage profile of cassis and raspberry running right down the middle, with an amped-up finish of roasted apple wood, graphite and ganache notes providing a thumping bass line. Needs a little more time to knit fully, but that wont be a problem. (JM)" (07/2017)

2015 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ($79.99)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape is reminiscent of a slightly improved 2005 and has a fresh, classic style with beautiful concentration, notable freshness, first-rate tannin quality, and the classic spice and sweet red and black fruits this cuvee is known for. I suspect this beauty will close down relatively quickly after bottling and take 5-6 years to show at its best, but it will drink well for 15+ years. (JD)" (10/2016)

94-96 points Vinous: "(raised in foudres) Deep ruby. Hugely aromatic red and dark berry, potpourri and floral scents are underscored by smoky minerality and an exotic suggestion of Asian spices. Sappy, focused and impressively deep yet lively, offering alluringly sweet raspberry, cherry compote and spicecake flavors and a refreshingly bitter touch of blood orange. Puts on weight and spreads out steadily with air, acquiring a succulent herb note that carries through the strikingly long, mineral-laced, gently tannic finish. This beauty is shaping up to be among the standouts of this extremely successful vintage." (03/2017)

2015 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival) ($159.99)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape is reminiscent of a slightly improved 2005 and has a fresh, classic style with beautiful concentration, notable freshness, first-rate tannin quality, and the classic spice and sweet red and black fruits this cuvee is known for. I suspect this beauty will close down relatively quickly after bottling and take 5-6 years to show at its best, but it will drink well for 15+ years. (JD)" (10/2016)

2015 Domaine de la Janasse "Chaupin" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ($64.99)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvee Chaupin is also slightly lighter in color than normal, yet offers a beautiful bouquet of crushed flowers, kirsch, black raspberries, spice and pepper. Medium to full-bodied, elegant and seamless, it shines for its purity and balance. Its worth noting the estate is playing around with more whole cluster inclusion, and this cuvée was 40% not destemmed. One of the finest run estates in all of Châteauneuf du Pape is Domaine de la Janasse, which is managed today by the brother and sister pair of Christophe and Isabelle Sabon. Looking at the 2014 and 2015 releases, both lean towards the more finesse-driven end of the spectrum, with Pinot Noir-like textures and less overt concentration than past vintages. Thats certainly expected in a vintage like 2014, but is surprising in a vintage like 2015. While the estates reds, both Châteauneuf du Papes and Côtes du Rhône, are well known, dont make the mistake of missing their whites, as these are some of the most impressive and age-worthy wines in just about every vintage. Its also worth noting the new Isabelle Sabon Clos St Antonin releases, also reviewed in this report. This is a new estate located just beside the Plan de Dieu and they release four cuvées: one white and three reds." (10/2016)

93-95 points Vinous: "40 percent whole clusters; raised in foudres and demi-muids) Lurid violet. Heady aromas of candied red fruits, spicecake and minerals take on suave floral and garrigue qualities in the glass. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering sappy raspberry, cherry liqueur and spicecake flavors and hints of lavender pastille and blood orange. Silky tannins add shape to the extremely long, juicy finish, which leaves an intensely perfumed floral note behind. Many of these vines were planted in 1912." (03/2017)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Pretty, with cassis and warm raspberry puree notes carried by silky but persistent structure, while rooibos tea, blood orange and incense accents fill in the background. The streamlined finish pulls everything together, letting the silky, perfumy feel sail on. (JM)" (07/2017)

2015 Domaine de la Janasse "Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ($89.99)

97 points Wine Spectator: "Ripe and focused, with a delightful mix of cassis, blood orange and cherry coulis flavors streaming through, backed by black tea and apple wood accents. Finely beaded acidity lets the fruit stretch out, while a light mineral edge adds range. Shows an echo of licorice snap at the very end. Dense, but theres remarkable grace here. (JM)" (07/2017)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvee Vieilles Vignes checks in as 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and the rest Mourvèdre and Cinsault, with 30% whole cluster. Its ruby/opaque color is following by terrific notes of cassis, cracked pepper, licorice and distinct minerality. Full-bodied, concentrated and with building tannin, it shows the more finesse-driven style of all of the 2015s, has fine tannin and a great finish. One of the finest run estates in all of Châteauneuf du Pape is Domaine de la Janasse, which is managed today by the brother and sister pair of Christophe and Isabelle Sabon. Looking at the 2014 and 2015 releases, both lean towards the more finesse-driven end of the spectrum, with Pinot Noir-like textures and less overt concentration than past vintages. Thats certainly expected in a vintage like 2014, but is surprising in a vintage like 2015. While the estates reds, both Châteauneuf du Papes and Côtes du Rhône, are well known, dont make the mistake of missing their whites, as these are some of the most impressive and age-worthy wines in just about every vintage. Its also worth noting the new Isabelle Sabon Clos St Antonin releases, also reviewed in this report. This is a new estate located just beside the Plan de Dieu and they release four cuvées: one white and three reds." (10/2016)

94-96 points Vinous: "(made with 20 percent whole clusters and aged in concrete tanks and demi-muids) Dark ruby. Ripe, smoke-tinged cherry and blueberry compote aromas show excellent clarity, and a peppery element adds spicy lift. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering densely packed yet shockingly lively red and blue fruit and floral pastille flavors and a hint of star anise. Shows superb energy on the broad, seamless, strikingly long finish, which is firmed by supple tannins and sharpened by a kick of juicy acidity." (03/2017)

2015 Domaine de Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ($44.99)

92-94 points Vinous: "fermented in concrete vats and aged in a combination of concrete tanks and wood casks) Ruby-red. Energetic, mineral-accented aromas of ripe red and dark berries, complicated by suggestions of incense and pungent flowers. Broad and fleshy on entry, then more taut in the midpalate, offering pliant black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a suggestion of five-spice powder. Finishes very long and sweet, featuring slow-building tannins, a touch of smokiness and repeating red fruit character. This wine is shaping up to be an outstanding "basic" Châteauneuf." (03/2017)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape has terrific richness and medium to full-bodied weight, with ample notes of strawberries, kirsch, garrigue and dried flowers. Luxuriously textured, with sweet tannin, this beauty will have two decades of longevity. Without a doubt one of my favorite estates, as well as a reference point for Châteauneuf du Pape, Domaine de Marcoux is located in the northern part of the appellation and is run with incredible talent, passion and insight by Sophie and Catherine Armenier. They produce a single white wine and up to three red cuvées: the base Châteauneuf du Pape, their old vines Châteauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes cuvée and a terrific Côtes du Rhône." (10/2016)

2015 Domaine de Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes (Pre-Arrival) ($129.99)

96-98 points Vinous: "(fermented in concrete vats and then aged in concrete and neutral oak barrels) Lurid ruby. A heady, expressive bouquet evokes fresh raspberry, cherry compote, potpourri, licorice and Asian spices, while a bright mineral flourish builds in the glass. Sweet, palate-staining red fruit liqueur, lavender pastille and spicecake flavors show outstanding depth as well as vivacity thanks to a core of juicy acidity. Plays power off finesse with a deft hand and finishes incredibly long, sappy and pure; velvety tannins emerge very slowly. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see this monumental wine turn out to be the star of the 2015 vintage in the Rhône Valley, south as well as north." (03/2017)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Offering more violets, blueberries, black raspberries, crushed flowers and licorice, the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is full-bodied, gorgeously concentrated and has a seamless, elegant, multi-dimensional texture that keeps you coming back to the glass. Reminding me of the 2006 with its sweet tannin, it needs 2-3 years of cellaring and will keep nicely over the following two decades. Theres few wines Id rather have in the cellar and this 2015 looks to be another blockbuster. Without a doubt one of my favorite estates, as well as a reference point for Châteauneuf du Pape, Domaine de Marcoux is located in the northern part of the appellation and is run with incredible talent, passion and insight by Sophie and Catherine Armenier. They produce a single white wine and up to three red cuvées: the base Châteauneuf du Pape, their old vines Châteauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes cuvée and a terrific Côtes du Rhône." (10/2016)

94 points Decanter: "Glistening, bright fruit aroma. Tasty, refined,sleek and wholesome palate: lovely finesse here. Drinking Window 2020 - 2038" (04/2017)

2015 Domaine Durieu "Lucile Avril" Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ($34.99)

92-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I loved the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Lucille Avril, and Ive bought and cellared this cuvée for years (the 2007 is killer juice). Big, structured and tannic, yet with sensational purity and classic notes of blackberries, raspberries, roasted meats and roasted herbs, it expands on the palate, is impeccably balanced and will be an age-worthy Châteauneuf du Pape. Ive had numerous splendid bottles from this estate over the past decade and I continue to love the wines from the young Vincent Durieu." (10/2016)

91-93 points Vinous: "made with whole clusters and aged in concrete tanks for the Grenache and Mourvèdre and small new oak barrels for the Syrah) Brilliant ruby-red. Powerful, smoke-tinged aromas of dark berries and violet are complicated by subtle floral pastille and garrigue nuances. Fleshy and nicely concentrated, showing very good clarity to the supple red and blue fruit flavors, which are sharpened by a vein of juicy acidity. The floral note repeats on the youthfully tannic finish, which shows impressive energy and closing thrust." (03/2017)

2015 Domaine Giraud "Gallimardes" Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ($79.99)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The first vintage since 2011 where theyve had large enough yields to make the cuvée, the 2015 Châteauneuf Cuvee Les Gallimardes is a blockbuster blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah, with the Grenache aged all in tank and the Syrah in new barrels. Its vibrant ruby/purple color is followed by sensational notes of black raspberries, crushed flowers, framboise, vanilla bean and licorice, and this beauty hits the palate with tons of richness, sweet tannin and a downright sexy texture that keeps you coming back to the glass. As always though, it stays balanced and light, with no heaviness. Under the inspired leadership of Marie Giraud, with assistance from consultant Philippe Cambie, this estate has quickly risen into the tiny handful of top estates in Châteauneuf du Pape. The style here incorporates a mix of traditional and progressive techniques, and while the Grenache is always kept in concrete tanks, they utilized smaller barrels for their Syrah. While they produced two seriously good 2014 Châteauneuf du Papes, their 2015s are blockbusters that Ill certainly be buying!" (10/2016)

97 points Wine Spectator: "Very seductive, with a note of Turkish coffee out front, quickly melding into a delicious mix of black currant, plum and boysenberry pâte de fruit flavors. Lots of black tea, incense and warm fruitcake details swirl throughout, while well-buried minerality keeps the finish lengthy and firmly grounded. This just gets bigger and bigger with aeration. (JM)" (07/2017)

95 points Decanter: "Iodine hovers above blackberry fruit perfume. Palate has drive and crispness. Complex, not obvious; very long.Drinking Window 2020 - 2035" (04/2017)

92-94 points Vinous: "Lurid ruby. High-pitched cherry, raspberry and candied lavender scents pick up allspice and mineral qualities with air. Supple, densely packed red fruit liqueur, cherry pie and floral pastille flavors stain the palate, while juicy acidity and a star anise nuance build on the back half. Supple, fine-grained tannins come in late and lend shape to an impressively long, focused, floral-dominated finish that shows no rough edges." (03/2017)

2015 Domaine Giraud "Les Grenaches de Pierre" Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ($89.99)

97 points Wine Spectator: "Gorgeous, with black tea and warm anise aromas leading the way for a core of ganache, raspberry pâte de fruit, plum cake and blackberry compote flavors. Dense and fleshy, featuring a terrific bolt of graphite coursing through the back end. Inviting, but cellar this for maximum effect. (JM)" (07/2017)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvee Les Grenaches de Pierre comes from 1.7 hectares of sandy soils in the La Crau and Pignan lieux-dits, and theres less than 200 cases produced in a vintage. It shows a slightly darker, more peppery style, with lots of black cherries, wild strawberries, spice and licorice in its full-bodied, structured, yet still seamless style. It has a stacked mid-palate and blockbuster length, but patience will be your friend here. Under the inspired leadership of Marie Giraud, with assistance from consultant Philippe Cambie, this estate has quickly risen into the tiny handful of top estates in Châteauneuf du Pape. The style here incorporates a mix of traditional and progressive techniques, and while the Grenache is always kept in concrete tanks, they utilized smaller barrels for their Syrah. While they produced two seriously good 2014 Châteauneuf du Papes, their 2015s are blockbusters that Ill certainly be buying!" (10/2016)

93-95 points Vinous: "Youthful violet. Deep-pitched aromas of ripe red fruits, incense and Indian spices, lifted by a smoky mineral element. Juicy and expansive on the palate, offering impressively concentrated bitter cherry and black raspberry flavors that flesh out and become sweeter as the wine opens up. Supple, harmonious tannins give shape to an extremely long, mineral-accented finish that emphatically echoes the red fruit and spice notes." (03/2017)

2015 Domaine Grand Veneur "Les Origines" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ($49.99)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Les Origines (50% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre and 20% Syrah aged in a mix of concrete tanks and small barrels) has fabulous notes of crème de cassis, blackberry jam, roasted herbs and graphite. Full-bodied, ultra-pure and with incredibly polished tannin, its up with some of the best vintage of this cuvée to date. It will need 2-3 years of cellaring and have two decades of longevity. This sensational estate consistently produces some of the top whites of the appellation (in addition to the reds), and theyve done well in 2015. (JD)" (10/2016)

91-93 points Vinous: "(made from destemmed fruit; raised in concrete tanks for the Grenache and small oak barrels for the Mourvèdre and Syrah) Saturated ruby. Fresh, smoke-accented cherry, red berry and floral aromas are complicated and sharpened by a spicy element. Sweet and seamless on the palate, offering red fruit liqueur and spicecake flavors and hints of lavender and smoky minerals that build with air. Closes sappy and quite long, showing youthful tannic grip and a resonating floral note." (03/2017)

2015 Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc "La Fontaine" (Pre-Arrival) ($44.99)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A bigger, richer wine, the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape La Fontaine Blanc is still aging in barrel and is marginally darker in color than the classic white. Buttered apples, brioche, honeycomb and hint of orange blossom emerge from this full-bodied, concentrated, seriously textured white that has moderate acidity and tons of fruit. It will be interesting to see how this comes together, but it has serious potential. (JD)" (10/2016)

93 points Vinous: "Limpid yellow-gold. Ripe citrus and pit fruits, honey, buttered toast and pungent flowers on the deeply perfumed nose, with a smoky mineral nuance building in the glass. Supple and broad on entry, offering sappy peach, pear nectar and Meyer lemon flavors that tighten up slowly on the back half. The honey note reappears on an impressively long, penetrating finish that leaves a suggestion of buttered toast behind. I really like the combination of power and energy here. (JR)" (06/2017)

2015 Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes (Pre-Arrival) ($79.99)

95-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From barrel, the sensationally rich and concentrated 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes (50% Grenache, 40% Mourvèdre and 10% Syrah aged in concrete tanks and small barrels) is more polished, elegant and seamless, with blockbuster notes of ripe black fruits, crushed herbs, pepper, plums and violets. You almost need a fork to drink this beauty, yet its never heavy or over the top, has incredible purity and present, ripe tannin. I followed this bottle for two days and it only got better with air. Châteauneuf du Pape lovers shouldnt miss it! This sensational estate consistently produces some of the top whites of the appellation (in addition to the reds), and theyve done well in 2015. (JD)" (10/2016)

92-94 points Vinous: "(40 percent raised in concrete vats and the rest in small new and used oak barrels) Opaque ruby. An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red and blue fruits, incense and vanilla, along with an exotic Moroccan spice nuance. Sweet, expansive and velvety in texture, offering deeply concentrated yet energetic boysenberry and black raspberry flavors and a sexy lavender pastille flourish. The vanilla and floral notes repeat emphatically on an impressively long, supple finish, which leaves behind a sweet dark fruit note." (03/2017)

2015 La Ferme du Mont "Côtes Capelan" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ($59.99)

94-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Even better than the Vendange cuvee, and I suspect one of the wines of the vintage, Stephanes 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Côtes Capelan is the top wine of the estate and is made from 80% Grenache and 10% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre, raised 70% in concrete and 30% in barrels. Theres under 500 cases of this beauty and it reveals a deep purple color as well as decadent notes of blackberries, blackcurrants, crushed rocks and melted licorice. Full-bodied, thick, unctuous and massively concentrated, with ripe tannin and a killer finish, dont miss it! If you havent figured it out yet, Stephane Vedeaus La Ferme du Mont is one of the up and coming superstars of the Southern Rhône. Moreover, dont miss his Côtes du Rhône releases, or his Clos Bellane releases, for that matterboth of which fly under the radar. (JD)" (10/2016)

2015 La Ferme du Mont "Vendanges" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ($34.99)

91-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Vendange checks in as a blend of 80% Grenache and 10% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre that was raised mostly in concrete tanks, with just 10% in barrel. Plums, blackberries, licorice, hints of pepper and smoked herbs all emerge from this full-bodied, fruit forward, beautifully textured Châteauneuf du Pape that has solid underlying structure. It will keep for 10-15 years. If you havent figured it out yet, Stephane Vedeaus La Ferme du Mont is one of the up and coming superstars of the Southern Rhône. Moreover, dont miss his Côtes du Rhône releases, or his Clos Bellane releases, for that matterboth of which fly under the radar. (JD)" (10/2016)

2015 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ($44.99)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape is a classic blend of 75% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre and 5% Cinsault, mostly from rolled stone terroirs, that was partially destemmed and will see 15 months all in foudre. It boasts a deep ruby/purple color as well as full-bodied richness, sweet tannin and textbook Southern Rhône notes of cured meats, toasted spice, garrigue and ample red and black fruits. It will have two decades or more of prime drinking. Along with a small handful of other estates, I consider Claire Michels le Vieux Donjon at the top of the heap when it comes to classic, age-worthy and traditionally made Châteauneuf du Papes. (JD)" (10/2016)

93-95 points Vinous: "(aged in a combination of concrete tanks and foudres) Vivid ruby. Sexy, high-pitched red berry preserve, floral pastille and Asian spice aromas show outstanding clarity. Sappy, penetrating black raspberry, spicecake and licorice flavors gain weight with air and pick up suggestions of blood orange and smoky minerals. Shows impressive depth and polish, alluring sweetness and no rough edges. Showcases the best attributes of this warm vintage, finishing with silky, mounting tannins and lingering florality." (03/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "Crista (north), Moulin à Vent, Mourre de Gaud, Pied de Baud, Pied Long. 5% Cinsault, 75% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah. Partial whole bunch. Vinified in cement tank. Aged for 18 months in foudre. Tasted blind. Very dark healthy crimson. Lightly medicinal on the nose. Lots of energy here with big fruit impact and fine tannins. This should deliver. A confident, non-formulaic rendition. Long and spicy. Quite intense. 17.5/20 points" (10/2016)

2015 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival) ($79.99)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape is a classic blend of 75% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre and 5% Cinsault, mostly from rolled stone terroirs, that was partially destemmed and will see 15 months all in foudre. It boasts a deep ruby/purple color as well as full-bodied richness, sweet tannin and textbook Southern Rhône notes of cured meats, toasted spice, garrigue and ample red and black fruits. It will have two decades or more of prime drinking. Along with a small handful of other estates, I consider Claire Michels le Vieux Donjon at the top of the heap when it comes to classic, age-worthy and traditionally made Châteauneuf du Papes. (JD)" (10/2016)

Jancis Robinson: "Crista (north), Moulin à Vent, Mourre de Gaud, Pied de Baud, Pied Long. 5% Cinsault, 75% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah. Partial whole bunch. Vinified in cement tank. Aged for 18 months in foudre. Tasted blind. Very dark healthy crimson. Lightly medicinal on the nose. Lots of energy here with big fruit impact and fine tannins. This should deliver. A confident, non-formulaic rendition. Long and spicy. Quite intense. 17.5/20 points" (10/2016)

2015 Roger Sabon "Prestige" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ($59.99)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Prestige includes slightly more Syrah than the other cuvées and is 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre and the rest a mix of permitted varieties. Its easily the largest, richest and most full-bodied of the lineup and has lots of blackberry, plum, peppery herbs and roasted herb characteristics. Like all of the 2015s here, it has serious purity, as well as ripe tannin. Didier Negron has been the winemaker at this remarkable estate since 2001, and hes yet to put a foot wrong. Its important to realize that the estate makes four Châteauneuf du Pape cuvées: the entry level Les Olivets (which was first made in 1955) from younger vines and completely destemmed; the Cuvee Reserve from a single vineyard and 70-80% Grenache, and the rest Syrah and Mourvèdre, aged in foudre and oak tanks; the Cuvee Prestige based on 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and the rest mostly Mourvèdre thats aged in foudre, oak tanks and demi-muids; and the smallest production cuvée (theres normally just 100 cases produced), the Le Secret des Sabon based mostly on Grenache." (10/2016)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Intense, with a delicious core of warm raspberry pâte de fruit, cassis and linzer torte flavors wrapped in licorice and singed alder notes. The long finish has some heft but stays racy and driven overall, showing a flash of iron through the finish. Well-built. (JM)" (07/2017)

91-93 points Vinous: "Brilliant ruby. Heady, expansive aromas of candied red and dark berries, incense and peppery spices take on a smoky nuance with air. Sappy, palate-staining blackberry, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors show impressive depth and vivacity and pick up a floral pastille quality on the back half. The gently tannic, sharply focused finish repeats the floral note and clings with excellent tenacity." (03/2017)

2015 Roger Sabon "Réserve" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ($39.99)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Made from 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre, the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Réserve comes from two terroirs: la Crau and la Grenade. Its aged 60% in foudre and the rest in larger oak tanks. Elegant, medium to full-bodied, with ripe tannic structure, it has lots of scorched earth, darker berry fruits, smoked herbs and licorice aromas and flavors. Its not a massive wine, but it shines for its purity and length. Didier Negron has been the winemaker at this remarkable estate since 2001, and hes yet to put a foot wrong. Its important to realize that the estate makes four Châteauneuf du Pape cuvées: the entry level Les Olivets (which was first made in 1955) from younger vines and completely destemmed; the Cuvee Reserve from a single vineyard and 70-80% Grenache, and the rest Syrah and Mourvèdre, aged in foudre and oak tanks; the Cuvee Prestige based on 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and the rest mostly Mourvèdre thats aged in foudre, oak tanks and demi-muids; and the smallest production cuvée (theres normally just 100 cases produced), the Le Secret des Sabon based mostly on Grenache." (10/2016)

91-93 points Vinous: "Vibrant ruby. Energetic red and dark berry aromas are complemented by suggestions of candied flowers, licorice and incense. Juicy blackberry, boysenberry and floral pastille flavors deepen and spread out steadily as the wine opens up. Concentrated yet lithe, with distinct freshness and smooth tannins providing shape to a long, fragrant finish." (03/2017)

2015 Roger Sabon "Secret de Sabon" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ($149.99)

97 points Wine Spectator: "Gorgeous, with a velvety, caressing mouthfeel to the waves of linzer torte, warm cassis and raspberry pâte de fruit flavors, laced with black tea, mulled spice, singed alder and melted licorice notes. The long finish has latent grip and a beautiful iron accent but remains beguiling overall, letting the fruit and perfume play out beautifully. (JM)" (07/2017)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The smallest production cuvée is the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Le Secret des Sabon, which is a field blend of primarily Grenache thats brought up all in oak tanks. It sports a deep ruby color, full body, terrific Grenache notes of black raspberries, scorched earth, currants and roasted herbs, sweet tannin and a killer finish. Its more streamlined and elegant than the 2007 or 2010, but should surpass the 2009, which seems to be on a fast evolutionary track. Didier Negron has been the winemaker at this remarkable estate since 2001, and hes yet to put a foot wrong. Its important to realize that the estate makes four Châteauneuf du Pape cuvées: the entry level Les Olivets (which was first made in 1955) from younger vines and completely destemmed; the Cuvee Reserve from a single vineyard and 70-80% Grenache, and the rest Syrah and Mourvèdre, aged in foudre and oak tanks; the Cuvee Prestige based on 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and the rest mostly Mourvèdre thats aged in foudre, oak tanks and demi-muids; and the smallest production cuvée (theres normally just 100 cases produced), the Le Secret des Sabon based mostly on Grenache." (10/2016)

93-95 points Vinous: "Lurid ruby-red. Exotic, highly perfumed aromas of candied red and blue fruits, incense and peppery spices slowly take on a hint of potpourri. Fleshy and seamless on the palate, offering raspberry and cherry liqueur and floral pastille flavors and a spicy hint of white pepper. Shows outstanding clarity and power on the impressively long finish, which is framed by suave, slow-building tannins." (03/2017)