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2016 Clos du Mont-Olivet "Cuvée du Papet" Chateâuneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1377103 100 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Another best to date, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Cuvée du Papet from Thierry Sabon is pure perfection in a glass. More powerful than the classic cuvée, with killer black raspberries, crushed rocks, garrigue, salty minerality, and iodine, it's deep, full-bodied, concentrated, and sexy, yet has building tannin. It's one of those “iron fist in a velvet glove” wines and continued to gain depth and richness every time I went back to the glass. Old-school, traditional Châteauneuf-du-Pape doesn’t get any better, and readers should beg, borrow or steal to get a hold of this. Hide bottles for 4-5 years (or more), count yourself lucky, and enjoy bottles over the following 2-3 decades. The domaine of Clos du Mont-Olivet is an undeniable reference point for ultra-traditional, age-worthy Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The estate has been firmly in the hands of Thierry Sabon since 2001, but the family history here goes back to 1932. They produce three Châteauneuf-du-Papes, the younger vine Le Petit Mont (not reviewed here), a traditional cuvée, and a flagship La Cuvée du Papet. Both cuvées are incredibly age-worthy wines, with the Cuvée du Papet made specifically to age, seeing older vines, no destemming, and brought up all in foudre. The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Cuvée du Papet is unquestionably the greatest wine I’ve ever tasted from this estate and is a legendary wine in the making. Don’t miss it!  (8/2018)

95 points Vinous

 Deep bright-rimmed ruby. Sexy, spice-accented aromas of raspberry, cherry liqueur, incense and succulent flowers, joined by a smoky mineral element that builds in the glass. Deep-pitched yet lively red and dark berry liqueur flavors stain the palate and display superb clarity and minerally lift. Finishes with impressive nerviness and thrust; silky tannins frame the wine’s sweet fruit. (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

Alcohol Content (%): 15.8