Very seductive, with a note of Turkish coffee out front, quickly melding into a delicious mix of black currant, plum and boysenberry pâte de fruit flavors. Lots of black tea, incense and warm fruitcake details swirl throughout, while well-buried minerality keeps the finish lengthy and firmly grounded. This just gets bigger and bigger with aeration. (JM)
Rich and velvety in texture, the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Gallimardes is remarkable. From the estate's oldest vines, this full-bodied wine is close to 100% Grenache. It's loaded with ripe black cherries and hints of dried spices and possesses a nearly unstoppable finish. While supple enough to drink now, it should age well for up to two decades. (JC)
Iodine hovers above blackberry fruit perfume. Palate has drive and crispness. Complex, not obvious; very long.Drinking Window 2020 - 2035
Coming from very old vines located in the heart of the les Gallimardes lieu-dit, which is in the southern part of the appellation, the 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape les Gallimardes (90% Grenache and 10% Syrah brought up all in concrete tank) boast awesome notes of blackberries, roasted herbs, and licorice. It’s a rich, powerful concentrated effort that has sweet tannin and a decadent style. Give it 2-3 years and enjoy over the following two decades. There are just 200 cases available. This estate has been run flawlessly by Marie Giraud for more than a decade now and the estate is consistently in the top handful of domaines in each vintage. (JebDunnuck.com)
Lurid ruby. High-pitched cherry, raspberry and candied lavender scents pick up allspice and mineral qualities with air. Supple, densely packed red fruit liqueur, cherry pie and floral pastille flavors stain the palate, while juicy acidity and a star anise nuance build on the back half. Supple, fine-grained tannins come in late and lend shape to an impressively long, focused, floral-dominated finish that shows no rough edges.
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