Similar in style to the 2006, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee de Mon Aieul is rounded and textured, with tons of charm in its blackberry, black raspberry, violets, garrigue and spice aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, supple and textured, it shows the vintage's upfront and forward character, yet has beautiful purity of fruit and enough density to drink nicely through 2027. Most 2012s are already showing nicely, and this is no exception. (JD)
This delivers a juicy, brambly core of dark plum, macerated currant, fig and tobacco flavors, with notes of chestnut, singed alder and bittersweet cocoa. Warm stone and tar details underscore the finish. Shows ample range, energy and character. Best from 2016 through 2030. (JM)
Deep ruby. Pungent aromas of fresh raspberry, cola, floral pastilles and smoky minerals. Silky, sweet and concentrated, showing a supple texture to its sappy black raspberry and candied lavender flavors. A spicy quality contributes lift and bite but this is all about sappy, pure fruit at this stage. Luscious and seamless in texture, finishing with noteworthy punch, echoing florality and supple, late-arriving tannins that meld smoothly with the wine's sweet fruit. (JR)
Vineyard soil: galets, sand, clay-limestone. Lieu-dit: Serres, La Crau, Guigasse. 100% Grenache. 90% concrete cuve, 10% demi-muid. Mid crimson. A hint of overripeness on the nose -- very sweet on the palate, almost sticky! Very dramatic and would need careful food matching with all that sweetness and alcohol. 17/20 points. Drink 2020-2032.
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