Like the 2016, the 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Hesperides is an even split of Grenache and Mourvèdre, from the les Bedines lieu-dit (100% sandy soils), that was completely destemmed and brought up mostly in stainless steel, with 20% in demi-muids. It’s a brilliant wine that offers lots of meaty, spice, licorice nuances, tons of blackberry and black raspberry fruit, full-bodied richness, sweet tannin and a blockbuster finish. It’s up with the crème de la crème of the vintage and will keep for two decades. (JebDunnuck.com)
All of the special cuvées from this estate are stellar in 2015. The 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape les Hesperides is 50% Grenache and 50% Mourvèdre, from the sand and safre soils of the Les Bedines lieu-dit. With 20% of the wine aged in demi-muids, you may be able to detect some subtle hints of vanilla and baking spices, but what's more remarkable is the combination of nectarine and plum fruit, rich, velvety tannins and the long, layered, chocolaty finish that shows no sign of alcoholic heat. (JC)
Youthful purple. Powerful, spice-accented dark fruit liqueur aromas are complemented by suggestions of candied lavender, cola and cracked pepper. Concentrated yet lively and focused, offering plush blackberry, cherry and spicecake flavors and a smoky quality that builds on the back half. Shows excellent power and breadth on the finish, which is framed by velvety, harmonious tannins that fold steadily into the juicy, ripe fruit. (JR)
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