2016 Chapelle Saint Theodoric Châteauneuf-du-Pape "Le Grand Pin" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1346920 96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Like its stablemate La Guigasse, at this early stage, a few touches of green steaminess are still evident in the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Le Grand Pin. But it's also big, rich and lusty with awesome levels of fruit and yet virtually no heat or weight on the palate. It looks like a worthy successor to the 2015. This joint venture between Baptiste Grangeon of Domaine de Cristia and American importer Peter Weygandt draws fruit from three hectares of land Weygandt owns in the La Guigasse and Rayas lieux-dits. The wines are 100% Grenache and vinified as whole clusters before being aged for 24 months in demi-muids. (JC)  (10/2017)

94-97 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Another wine I suspect will be the best yet, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Le Grand Pin is the flagship of this estate and is 100% Grenache all from the northern section of the Pignan lieu-dit. It’s not destemmed and brought up in older demi-muids, and if there’s a Rayas look-alike out there, this is it. Black cherries, mulberries, pine forest, garrigue and mint nuances give way to a full-bodied, beautifully ripe, yet elegant, seamless 2016 that’s going to have two decades of prime drinking. Chapelle Saint Theodoric is the estate of well-known importer Peter Weygandt and the wines come from two lieux-dits; Pignan and Guigasse. Made by Baptiste Grangeon of Domaine de Cristia, the wines are not destemmed and brought up all in older barrels. If there’s a Rayas look-alike out there, this is it.  (10/2017)

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- 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.
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Chateauneuf du Pape

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5