2019 Domaine Isabelle Ferrando "Colombis" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1570172 97 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape Colombis comes from more sandy soils and is all Grenache raised in demi-muids. Wild strawberries, cherries, flowery incense, lavender, and loamy earth all make an appearance, and it's full-bodied, has a deep layered texture, ripe tannins, and a great finish. It's another wine that needs a few years of bottle age, but it will deliver the goods over the following 15+. This is Grenache at its most elegant and seamless. Going forward, Domaine Isabel Ferrando will now include all the grapes that previously went to the Domaine Saint-Préfert label. The special cuvées of Reserve Auguste Favier and Collection Charles Giraud will be moved into a single Châteauneuf du Pape, and the new lineup will include a single Châteauneuf du Pape, the 100% Grenache Châteauneuf du Pape Colombis, and the new Châteauneuf du Pape F601, which is all very old vine Cinsault. I believe the whites will continue to include a base Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc as well as the Cuvée Spéciale Vieilles Clairettes. Once the dust settles here, we’ll update the database to ensure everything is correct. Nevertheless, one thing that remains constant is the incredible quality that continues to emerge from this talented winemaker. Inner quote mark (11/2021)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2019 Chateauneuf du Pape Colombis is all old-vine Grenache, vinified entirely as whole clusters and matured in demi-muids. On the nose, there are some minty-stemmy notes but also wonderful suggestions of garrigue and vibrant fruit—red raspberries, cherries and stone fruit. It's full-bodied and silky on the mid-palate, then long, spicy-peppery and firmly tannic on the finish. While not unapproachable or unenjoyable even now, it should benefit from several years cellaring and live close to two decades. Tasted twice (once blind), with consistent notes. (JC) Inner quote mark (5/2022)

96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Deep, shimmering ruby. Expansive, mineral- and spice-accented red and dark berry preserve, incense, cola and garrigue qualities on the finely detailed nose. Palate-staining cherry pie, raspberry, boysenberry, floral pastille and fruitcake flavors show uncanny energy for their depth. The spice and floral notes dominate a seriously long, sappy finish framed by velvety, well-knit tannins. (JR) Inner quote mark (10/2021)

95 points Decanter

Outer quote mark A really lovely expression of pure Grenache, it feels very naturally presented and unforced. Might take time to really express its complexity however, I would hold on to this for 10 years before opening. Very fresh and well balanced, with fine tannins. Largely sandy soils, a small lieu-dit to the west of the village. All fermented and aged in tronconic vats. Drinking Window 2021 - 2038. (MW) Inner quote mark (10/2020)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark So silky this version seems expressive at first, but the core of cassis, cherry purée and raspberry fruit is tightly coiled, with both chalk and iron notes having their say, stretching out in unison through the finish. Black tea and garrigue hints peek in as well, which is a sign of what's to come after cellaring. (JM) Inner quote mark (10/2021)

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