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2016 Domaine Pierre Usseglio Chateauneuf-du-Pape "Not For You" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1388448 100 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark There's a single barrel of the 2016 Châteauneuf Du Pape Not For You, which is 100% Grenache from the Les Serres lieu-dit from the oldest vines of the estate. It wasn’t destemmed and spent two years in a neutral barrel. It offers an incredible bouquet of kirsch, blackberries, incense, white flowers, garrigue and spice that develops beautifully with time in the glass. Rich, powerful, full-bodied, and concentrated, it nevertheless glides over the palate with no weight, ultra-fine tannins, and a singular, exotic, lengthy style. Inner quote mark (8/2019)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Finally in the bottle after close to 30 months in barrel, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Not For You—100% Grenache planted in 1909—is a big, oversized wine that somehow retains intricate herbal and fresh-fruit notes. Hints of black tea accent black cherries on the nose, while the full-bodied palate is lush and warm yet finishes with briny intensity and outstanding length. Unfortunately, only a single barrique was produced. (JC) Inner quote mark (8/2020)

97 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Deep ruby-red. A highly complex bouquet evokes red fruit preserves, exotic spices, candied flowers and garrigue, and a vibrant mineral flourish gains power with air. Shows superb power as well as finesse, offering vibrant raspberry, bitter cherry, lavender pastille and spicecake flavors that turn deeper and sweeter on the back half. Shows wonderful delineation and intense mineral lift on a gently tannic finish that hangs on with outstanding, floral- and spice-driven persistence. Made with 100% whole clusters and raised in tronconic concrete tanks. (JR) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

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