(aged for a year in barriques, 20 percent of them new) Opaque ruby. Powerful black and blue fruit and licorice scents are sharpened by cracked pepper and mineral notes. Stains the palate with concentrated blueberry and bitter cherry flavors that open up steadily with aeration. Shows very good depth as well as energy and finishes long and sappy, with chewy tannins framing the densely packed dark fruit. This is the most backward 2015 Boulet wine at this point.
The 2016 Saint Joseph La Croix Des Vignes offers plenty of granite character as well as cassis and black raspberry fruit, spice, and graphite. It’s concentrated, ripe, and tannic, with a touch of austerity that will benefit from another 2-3 years of bottle age. 92+ points.
The 2015 Saint Joseph Domaine de la Croix des Vignes is more tannic than the 2016 but not better. Dry cedary notes frame cherry fruit in the medium to full-bodied wine that will require a couple of years in the cellar to show its best. (JC)
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2016 Raymond Usseglio "Cuvée Impériale - Vignes Centenaires" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)