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Best Price Going on a Pair of Highly Rated 2015s CDPs - 01/05/2018 - Rhone Valley

We’ve been singing the praises of the 2015s Chateauneuf-du-Pape for a few years now, but it’s a song that will never get old as the wines are thrilling to their very core. Domaine de la Charbonniere’s take on this exceptional vintage is about as good as we’ve found. Both their "Cuvee Vieilles Vignes" and "Les Hautes Brusquieres Cuvee Speciale" beautifully show the power, spice, and refined richness of the vintage. The fourth generation of the Maret family have taken this already highly regarded domaine to an entirely new level. For those who crave the supple and refined side of CDP, this pair delivers in spades. Making things all the more tempting, we have them for the lowest price in the market by a good margin. So not only are these world-class Chateauneufs, but they’re shockingly good values to boot! For those lining their cellars with 2015s (which we highly recommend), Charbonniere is an important and necessary addition.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
2015 Domaine de la Charbonniere Chateauneuf-du-Pape "Cuvee Vieilles Vignes" (Pre-Arrival) 95 >100 $49.99 View
2015 Domaine de la Charbonniere Chateauneuf-du-Pape "Les Hautes Brusquieres Cuvee Speciale" (Pre-Arrival) 96 >100 $49.99 View


2015 Domaine de la Charbonniere Chateauneuf-du-Pape "Cuvee Vieilles Vignes" (Pre-Arrival) ($49.99)

95 points James Suckling: "Even and supple red to dark cherry and red plum fruits with a palate presence that has powerful ripe tannins that are presented in a smooth, balanced style. Extremely concentrated. This is terrific. Best from 2020." (08/2017)

95 points Wine Spectator: "A lovely licorice snap note leads off, followed quickly by crushed raspberry, blackberry and boysenberry fruit flavors. Rich yet restrained, with light shiso leaf, iron and incense details weaving throughout. The silky finish lets the fruit linger with a sustained hum. Grenache and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2035." (11/2017)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Richer and more deeply textured than the other cuvées from Charbonnière, 90% of the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Vieilles Vignes comes from 70- to 100-year-old Grenache vines in La Crau, supplemented by 10% Mourvèdre off 45-year-old vines. It has the same estate signature of red cherries and stone fruit, with just hints of spice on the long, velvety finish. The Maret family at Domaine de la Charbonnière is now into their fourth generation, as I met sisters Véronique and Caroline at the estate for a Sunday morning of tasting with their enology consultant, the ubiquitous Philippe Cambie. The estate now consists of 30 hectares in total, with 19.5 of them in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and six in Vacqueyras. Like many vignerons in the Southern Rhône, they are using whole clusters more and more, getting more complexity and freshness into the wines.(JC)" (10/2017)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Lastly, and from the oldest vines of the estate and the La Crau plateau, the 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes is the most structured and tannin in the line (which is common), yet is balanced, elegant and impeccably made. Black cherries, dried soils, dried herbs and savory spice characteristics give way to a medium to full-bodied, straight and focused Grenache that needs 3-4 years of bottle age, and will evolve gracefully for 10-15 years." (10/2017)

2015 Domaine de la Charbonniere Chateauneuf-du-Pape "Les Hautes Brusquieres Cuvee Speciale" (Pre-Arrival) ($49.99)

96 points James Suckling: "A masterpiece of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The fruit power leads this wine and lends that effortless sense of power and length that only old vines can muster. Oak adds spice but the blood plum and dark cherry fruits take center stage here. Best from 2020." (08/2017)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "My favorite of the multiple cuvées was the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Hautes Brusquieres Cuvee Speciale. It's the most floral and expressive of the Charbonnière 2015s, with scents of garrigue and violets accenting raspberry and cherry fruit. Full-bodied yet supple, it comes to a finely focused, elegant and lingering finish with no apparent heat. It should drink well for up to 15 years. (JC)" (10/2017)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Gorgeous, with red currant, fig, boysenberry and blackberry paste flavors that run along in unison, while tightly focused graphite, oolong tea and singed anise hints run underneath. Drips with fruit but has energy and persistence, with a mineral echo adding cut on the finish. (JM)" (11/2017)

91 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A 60/40 blend of Grenache and Syrah, the 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Hautes Brusquières reveals a medium ruby color as well as ample notes of strawberries, dried garrigue, and dried flowers. It's medium to full-bodied, elegant and silky on the palate, with nicely integrated acidity. It's elegant and charming, yet not one of the top vintages for this cuvée." (10/2017)