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2016 Domaine de la Charbonnière "Les Hautes Brusquieres - Cuvèe Spéciale" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1419460 96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark A prodigious effort, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Hautes Brusquieres Cuvee Speciale was yet to be bottled during my June visit. It offers up sweet floral aromas, hints of thyme and rosemary and bold cherry fruit. Full-bodied and creamy-velvety in texture, it's a hugely seductive mouthful of wine that I found difficult to spit. If it emerges from the bottling process looking like this, buyers will have huge smiles on their faces. (JC) Inner quote mark (8/2018)

95-97 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Blackberries, crushed rocks, peppery herbs, and graphite notes all emerge from the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Hautes Brusquières, the most concentrated, rich, and opulent in the lineup. It has brilliant purity of fruit, ripe, polished tannins, and a great, great finish, all making for a brilliant 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape that will keep for 15+ years. Inner quote mark (8/2018)

94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Incredible depth and power here. This is saturated with ripe, black fruit and sealed up with some spicy, attractive oak. The brambly palate is powerful, concentrated and fresh. Top Châteauneuf here. Inner quote mark (8/2018)

93 points Decanter

Outer quote mark A lovely nose with a distinctly herbal bitters vein running through the dark brambly fruits. Soft, svelte and yielding on the palate, the tannins have mass but are very ripe, just about balancing the high acidity and punchy alcohol. The most successful of Charbonnière's wines this year, and like all of them it will take a long time to come round, but should reward patience. (MW) Inner quote mark (10/2017)

91-93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Bright violet. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes smoke-tinged raspberry, mulberry, candied lavender and spicecake. Seamless and sweet on the palate, offering sappy red berry liqueur flavors and an exotic floral pastille quality. Gains weight and spiciness with air and finishes very long, with gentle tannins and clinging sweetness. (JR) Inner quote mark (7/2018)

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