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First-Tranche Allocations for 2016 Grand Veneur Chateauneuf - 01/09/2018 - Rhone Valley

Given the early reports, we anticipate the demand for the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Papes to be through the roof. Ideal conditions allowed many producers to craft their best ever efforts, which is certainly the case with 2016s from Domaine Grand Veneur. Earning a super strong scores and high praise from Jeb Dunnuck, they are harbingers of the brilliance the 2016s are poised to deliver. Considering their previous bests from 2010 are nearly impossible to find (and considerably more expensive in the case of the 100-point ‘10 Vieilles Vignes) this is the time to strike. For those who went long on the 2010s, the 2016s are of a similar frame and build and are worth serious consideration. There is little question that those who go in early on the 2016 will be more than glad they did.

The Jaume family has a long tradition of growing grapes and making wine in the southern Rhône dating all the way back to 1826. The current generation at the helm has made many innovocations of the years, culminating these remarkable 2016. For those who love a classic CdP profile, but with an added touch of opulence and richness, these 2016s are well-worth seeking out. Very sharply priced and standing shoulder to shoulder with the region’s top bottlings - they are cellar-worthy gems that won’t be around for long. Available on pre-arrival, now is the time to purchase, as not only are prices strong but production is incredibly limited at this estate. Don’t miss out one of the top wines from a historic vintage.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2016 Domaine Grand Veneur "Le Miocène" Chateâuneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 93 $34.99 View
2016 Domaine Grand Veneur "Les Origines" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 96 $49.99 View
2016 Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes (Pre-Arrival) 99 $89.99 View

2016 Domaine Grand Veneur "Le Miocène" Chateâuneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ($34.99)

91-93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The entry-level effort is the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Le Miocène and it's primarily Grenache with smaller amounts of Syrah and Mourvèdre. It offers a classic, fresh, beautifully focused style in its raspberry, garrigue, flower and spice aromatics. This gives way to a medium to full-bodied, deep, rich, layered red that has the underlying tannic grip and structure of the vintage. It's going to keep for 10-15 years." (10/2017)

91-93 points Vinous: "Brilliant ruby. Ripe, smoke-tinged cherry and blackberry aromas, along with hints of cracked pepper, garrigue and vanilla. Sweet and broad on the palate, offering sweet, weighty red and dark fruit preserve and spicecake flavors and a touch of bitter chocolate. Concentrated yet lively, delivering strong closing thrust, repeating spiciness and smooth tannins that build slowly. (JR)" (07/2018)

Jancis Robinson: "70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre. Cask sample. Dark chocolate on the nose, tight and furry tannic grip on the palate. Very dense and very chewy. A little floral character trying to escape, but the density keeps it all pretty impenetrable at present. (RH) 17+/20 points" (10/2017)

2016 Domaine Grand Veneur "Les Origines" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ($49.99)

94-96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Possibly the finest vintage of this cuvée to date, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Origines (50% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, and the balance Syrah) offers a full-bodied, unctuous, yet thrillingly pure style in its black raspberry, cassis, licorice and spice aromas and flavors. It has a smoking good mid-palate, building, ripe tannin and a huge finish. 94-96+" (10/2017)

92-94 points Vinous: "Deep ruby. Ripe red berries, incense, licorice and smoky minerals on the nose, joined by slowly emerging floral and vanilla nuances. Juicy and expansive on the palate, offering intense raspberry, cherry and spicecake flavors and a suggestion of candied lavender. Shows impressive energy for its heft and betrays no rough edges. Finishes sweet, broad and gently tannic, displaying impressive red-fruit-driven persistence. (JR)" (07/2018)

2016 Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes (Pre-Arrival) ($89.99)

97-99 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes is sensational, with notes of blackberry jam, blueberries, crushed flowers, licorice, and graphite all soaring from the glass. Deep, rich, unctuous and still structured, with masses of tannin, it's a beast of a wine, yet stays impeccably balanced, pure and clean. It's going to need 4-5 years of cellaring. 96-99+" (10/2017)

93-95 points Vinous: "Lurid violet. A highly complex bouquet evokes ripe red and blue fruits, incense, vanilla and exotic spices, and a floral accent builds steadily as the wine opens up. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering deeply concentrated black raspberry, boysenberry, cola and spicecake flavors that are energized and given spine by a core of juicy acidity. Shows outstanding clarity and fruity thrust on a long, sweet finish framed by smooth tannins. (JR)" (07/2018)

95 points Decanter: "A remarkable combination of freshness, concentration and lightness of touch. Very long, with vivid aromatics and lovely balance. It's hard to fault really, but is painfully young at this stage. The tannins are grippy but fully ripe, the acidity is juicy and precise, and the fruit is concentrated. Impressive.Drinking Window 2022 - 2037.(MW)" (10/2017)