2014 Domaine Tourbillon "Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1308933 91-93 points Vinous

 Bright ruby-red. Vibrant, mineral-accented raspberry and cherry aromas are complemented by sexy floral and spice notes, picking up smokiness and a hint of smokiness in the glass. Seamless, sweet and focused, offering juicy red berry, cherry and lavender pastille flavors that deepen and spread out with air. Finishes sappy and very long, showing harmonious tannins and lingering floral character. (JR)  (4/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Lastly, the 2014 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is a forward, charming, mid-weight effort that possesses the vintage’s early drinking style. Strawberries, spiced red fruits and a hint of garrigue all emerge from this medium-bodied, juicy and well-made red that should be drunk over the coming 5-6 years. (JD)  (10/2016)

K&L Notes

In 2012, Benjamin Tourbillon acquired old vine vineyards in Plan de Dieu, Gigondas and Chateauneuf-du-Pape and launched Domaine Tourbillon. The winery lies in the heart of the Plan de Dieu appellation in the village of Violes. Benjamin's Chateauneuf is from vines planted in the early 1960s. The blend sits around 70% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, 5% Cinsault and 5% all the other fun bits. Aged in a mix of concrete tanks and used barriques and demi-muids, this is a classically brambly style that has an air of sweet fruit and delicious immediacy. The quality of this value CDP makes it a terrific new addition to our Direct Import program.

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Staff Image By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/7/2017 | Send Email
The first thing to jump out about this spectacularly-priced gem is the color: clear cherry, with the fruit to back it up. There is an almost syrupy mouthfeel through the palate, reminiscent of kirsch, but enough bright acid to keep it lively. Earthy, herbal brush notes and black pepper spice help balance, and there’s subtle yet defined structure through the finish. A classic, gorgeous Châteauneuf-du-Pape that showcases this coveted Rhône appellation’s traditional style while still feeling modern, Tourbillon is a holiday stunner.

Staff Image By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/29/2017 | Send Email
Wow, yet another superb find from our Rhone leader! This Chateauneuf-du-pape is rather light on its feet. I could tell from just looking at the glass itself, with that wonderful garnet hue, that I was in for a surprise. I was mesmerized by that burst of black cherry, white pepper and exotic wood spice on the nose and entranced by cherry cola, red raspberry with the great concentration of acidity. Well integrated tannins made this an irresistible go-to for anyone who enjoys a super-pleasing palate. With Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, this is the perfect wine for the table!

Staff Image By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/28/2017 | Send Email
Whenever we taste wines at K&L, I typically open a bottle or two and send out an email to the staff asking them to head over to the tasting room to sample new products. This time was different. I was grabbing my co-workers by the sleeves and dragging them into the tasting bar for the Tourbillon Wines. Everyone needs to try these. The value is absolutely unbelievable for the price. Chateauneuf tends to get pretty pricey these days, and I’ve been finding less and less to love at affordable price points. The 2014 Tourbillon totally blew me away. It walks the line between modern and traditional in the most beautiful way with bright, clean fruit notes and just enough savory hints to make it captivating. Totally well-built and delicious enough to pop tonight, this is an absolute stellar wine that is soft, supple, earthy and gamey. Oh dang, this is good stuff.

Staff Image By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/24/2017 | Send Email
This is one of those really cool wines at an awesome price... Lots of baking spices, a touch of rhubarb, a hint of leather, Grenache at it's finest! The roundness and depth of the lead varietal truly unfolds on the palate where the soft and supple fruit flavors shine. It's got the perfect richness, more typical of what Chateauneuf should taste like, with a loooooooong finish.

Staff Image By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/24/2017 | Send Email
Bright in color and flavor, this sophisticated CDP displays a more delicate expression of Grenache with brilliant red cherry, herbs and seductive smoke and spice. The balance of fruit, acid and structure is all here. This is enjoyable today but will hold for several years. I appreciate when finesse and restraint are this present in a wine.

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/24/2017 | Send Email
Tourbillon was introduced to us by our friend Cecile Chassagne, a very talented winemaker in her own right. Cecile is based in the village of Sablet and has a handful of small parcels in Gigondas just to the south. We love to rely on the recommendations of our friends and when Cecile introduced us to Tourbillon, there was no surprise that we were enchanted by the wine. This Chateauneuf is pure pleasure in a glass showing the charm of the 2014 vintage with its near-term drinkability. Aromas of cherry and wild strawberry erupt from the glass followed by whispers of brushy garrigue. On the palate the wine has a medium-full weight with flavors of berry compote, oolong tea and potpourri. The wine will drink beautifully for years to come but is so accessible now, it would be a shame to resist. Factor in the price of $25 and you have one of the great Rhone buys of the year.

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape