2016 Domaine Giraud "Les Grenaches de Pierre" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1352892 98 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Almost at the same quality level, yet very different in style, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Grenaches de Pierre is more classic as well as elegant. Awesome amounts of black raspberries, graphite, crushed rocks, violets, and spring flower notes emerge from the glass, and it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, perfect balance, plenty of tannins, and a more fresh, focused, oh so pure style. It’s going to merit a triple-digit score in 4-5 years and keep for two decades. 98+  (8/2018)

98 points Wine Spectator

 Offers a gorgeous core, featuring flavors that show the distilled essence of raspberry and plum fruit. Seamless and pure, with a seductive mouthfeel despite the obvious weight and density. Flashes of anise, black tea and warm stone flitter through the refined and mouthwatering finish. So seductive, this is drinkable now. But just wait... (JM)  (6/2018)

92-94 points Vinous

 Deep vivid red. Heady aromas of red fruit preserves, spicecake and smoky minerals pick up a suave floral quality with air. Juicy and expansive on the palate, offering sappy raspberry, cherry pie and spicecake flavors along with hints of lavender pastille and white pepper. Supple tannins add grip to the impressively long, juicy finish, which leaves a seductively perfumed floral note behind. (JR)  (7/2018)

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

- 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.
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.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape