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

SKU #1339715 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)  (7/2018)

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)

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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