More upfront, decadent and unctuous, I suspect the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Sanctus Sanctorum (Magnum Only) will be a candidate for perfection once bottled. Made from a single parcel of old vine Grenache planted on the famed la Crau lieu-dit, this heavenly beauty is loaded with notions of blueberries, Provençal spices, crushed flowers, black raspberries and crushed rocks. Full-bodied, layered, already sexy and textured, with building, sweet tannin, if this doesn’t make your eyes roll back in your head, I don’t know what will. The two Maurel brothers, along with the ever-present Philippe Cambie, have brought this large estate up to the pinnacle of the Châteauneuf du Pape hierarchy, and they’ve produced so many monumental bottles over the past decade or so it’s not even funny. (JD)
Lastly, the 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Sanctus Sanctorum is another 2015 that’s all about finesse and purity. Coming from a single parcel of very old vines in the La Crau Lieu-dit, it boasts full-bodied richness and depth to go with a kaleidoscope-like bouquet of strawberries, kirsch liqueur, incense and dried earth/loamy soils aromas. It has good acidity, the tannins are present and ripe, and it has a stacked mid-palate, all while just gliding over the palate. Drink this heavenly Grenache anytime over the coming 20 years. I’ve written so many glowing reviews on the wines of Clos Saint Jean I sometimes feel like a broken record. Nevertheless, this estate continues to go from strength to strength and has yet to make a misstep since I’ve been reviewing the wines. (JebDunnuck.com)
Lurid ruby-red. A heady, assertively perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red and blue fruits, incense, Indian spices and smoky minerals. A suave floral pastille nuance builds in the glass, adding to the wine's exotic character. Deeply concentrated yet energetic black raspberry and boysenberry flavors unfold slowly, picking up star anise, black cardamom and licorice qualities that expand on the back half. Shows superb clarity and mineral thrust on a sweet, seamless, endless finish that's given shape by smooth, harmonious tannins. (JR)
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