2015 Domaine La Bastide Saint Dominique "Secrets de Pignan" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1322114 95 points Jeb Dunnuck

 While I wasn’t able to taste the traditional cuvée, the 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Secrets de Pignan certainly delivers the goods. Coming from the Pignan lieu-dit, located in the center of the appellation, just beside Rayas, destemmed and aged all in stainless steel, it offers a beautiful, singular style in its blackberry, currant, leafy herbs, thyme, and olive scented bouquet. This carries to a full-bodied, sexy Grenache that has loads of fruit, terrific purity and a blockbuster finish. Drink this sensational 2015 anytime over the coming 10-15 years. (JebDunnuck.com)  (10/2017)

92-94 points Vinous

 Vivid ruby. Complex array of red and blue fruit preserve and floral scents, plus hints of incense, vanilla and candied licorice. Stains the palate with primary black raspberry, boysenberry and lavender pastille flavors lifted by juicy acidity. Concentrated, sappy and seamless on the extremely long finish, which features velvety, harmonious tannins and a sneaky touch of vanilla. (JR)  (4/2017)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Secrets de Pignan is all Grenache, all from Pignan (Nord), all made and matured in stainless steel, so it delivers tons of fruit in every sip. Yet the swirls of blueberries, cherries and stone fruit seem nearly weightless in the mouth, framed by the finest, silkiest tannins and elegantly fading away in a warm dusting of spice. (JC)  (10/2017)

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Rhone Blends



- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- 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.
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Chateauneuf du Pape