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2016 Bosquet des Papes "Tradition" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 12-Pack (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1488087 93 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark A true gem of a wine, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape checks in as 75% Grenache, 12% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah and the balance a mix of permitted varieties. This classic cuvée comes from a multitude of sites throughout the appellation and is partially destemmed and brought up in concrete tanks and demi-muids. Terrific notes of peppery garrigue, new leather, and sweet red and black fruits all give way to a silky, seamless, full-bodied Châteauneuf-du-Pape that has no hard edges and a great finish. The classic cuvées are so good in 2016, it makes you wonder if the more expensive special cuvées are worth it. The gregarious Nicolas Boiron continues to produce an incredible lineup of wines that span the gamut from staunchly traditional in style, with plenty of stems and mostly concrete tanks aging, to close to 100% Grenache cuvées that are destemmed and aged in small amounts of new oak. Regardless, the wines today are impeccably made and show classic Southern Rhône characters. It’s worth noting that while the wines have always been solid, the quality soared around the 2010 vintage and today this estate unquestionably produces some of the top wines in the appellation. Inner quote mark (8/2018)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark A terrific example of this bottling, the 2016 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Tradition is a blend of 75% Grenache, 12% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah and tiny amounts of Cinsault, Counoise and Vaccarèse. About 40% was destemmed in this textbook vintage, the fruit coming from 40 different parcels around the appellation. Floral and raspberry notes emerge on the nose, while the palate is full-bodied but silky textured, ending on subtle shadings of Provence herbs and licorice. It's a relative bargain that's easy to drink now, but it should easily go a decade or more in a cool cellar. (JC) Inner quote mark (8/2018)

90-92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Vivid ruby-red. Highly perfumed aromas of fresh red berries, peppery spices and incense expand with air and pick up a smoky mineral aspect. Palate-caressing, appealingly sweet raspberry and spicecake flavors are joined by an exotic floral pastille quality that builds on the back half. Juicy, focused and lively in style, showing very good finishing clarity and smooth tannins that sneak up slowly. (JR) Inner quote mark (7/2018)

90 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark An exuberant Châteauneuf, this is all cherries and spice, with tangy acidity lifting the liqueur-like fruit. It feels fresh in its violet scents and juicy in its fruit concentration, a sunny wine with immediate appeal, although there’s enough staying power in its lightly gravelly tannins to hold the wine for a few more years. Inner quote mark (10/2018)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark 75% Grenache, 11% Syrah, 11% Mourvèdre, 1% Cinsault, 1% Vaccarèse, 1% Counoise. Ripe and ready on the nose -- cherry and raspberry fruit with a touch of marzipan. Fine, firm tannin and a little liquorice complexity on the finish. Smooth and soft. Nicely done. (RH) Inner quote mark (10/2017)

K&L Notes

PLEASE NOTE: This product is offered as a complete case in original packaging. If the wines are going to be shipped upon arrival, the bottles will be sent in pulp shippers to protect the bottles during shipping, with the empty case itself shipped separately on request. Will Call or Local Delivery orders can be handled as intact cases. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.

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