Brilliant ruby-red. Powerful raspberry, floral pastille and Asian spice aromas show outstanding clarity and vivacity. Energetic flavors of red fruit preserves and lavender are given spine and definition by zesty minerality. The floral and red fruit notes carry strongly through a clinging, sharply focused finish framed by smooth, slow-building tannins. This wine is shaping up to be a classic Charvin rendition of Châteauneuf, displaying abundant upfront fruit along with the depth and balance to ensure a long, graceful evolution. (JR)
One of the gems to seek out in the vintage is the 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape. Made in the fresh, elegant and focused style loved by Laurent, it has lots of white pepper, kirsch, incense and garrigue characteristics, with impeccable balance, fine tannin and medium-bodied richness. Drink it anytime over the coming 7-8 years. Easily one of my favorite estates, Laurent Charvin pulls from sites mostly in the northwestern part of the appellation and makes a single cuvée that’s as traditional as they come, seeing not a hint of oak and raised all in cement tanks. In addition, one of the best buys out there has to be his Côtes du Rhône, which is easily one of the most age-worthy Côtes du Rhônes out there. (JD)
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