2014 Domaine Tourbillon "Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape SKU #1308933


VN 91-93
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K&L Notes

In 2012, Benjamin Tourbillon acquired old vine vineyards in Plan de Dieu, Gigondas and Chateauneuf-du-Pape and launched Domaine Tourbillon. The winery lies in the heart of the Plan de Dieu appellation in the village of Violes. Benjamin's Chateauneuf is from vines planted in the early 1960s. The blend sits around 70% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, 5% Cinsault and 5% all the other fun bits. Aged in a mix of concrete tanks and used barriques and demi-muids, this is a classically brambly style that has an air of sweet fruit and delicious immediacy. The quality of this value CDP makes it a terrific new addition to our Direct Import program.

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  • Diana Turk
    By: Diana Turk
    K&L Staff Member
    The first thing to jump out about this spectacularly-priced gem is the color: clear cherry, with the fruit to back it up. There is an almost syrupy mouthfeel through the palate, reminiscent of kirsch, but enough bright acid to keep it lively. Earthy, herbal brush notes and black pepper spice help balance, and there’s subtle yet defined structure through the finish. A classic, gorgeous Châteauneuf-du-Pape that showcases this coveted Rhône appellation’s traditional style while still feeling modern, Tourbillon is a holiday stunner.
  • Illya Haase
    By: Illya Haase
    K&L Staff Member
    Wow, yet another superb find from our Rhone leader! This Chateauneuf-du-pape is rather light on its feet. I could tell from just looking at the glass itself, with that wonderful garnet hue, that I was in for a surprise. I was mesmerized by that burst of black cherry, white pepper and exotic wood spice on the nose and entranced by cherry cola, red raspberry with the great concentration of acidity. Well integrated tannins made this an irresistible go-to for anyone who enjoys a super-pleasing palate. With Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, this is the perfect wine for the table!
  • Thomas Smith
    By: Thomas Smith
    K&L Staff Member
    Whenever we taste wines at K&L, I typically open a bottle or two and send out an email to the staff asking them to head over to the tasting room to sample new products. This time was different. I was grabbing my co-workers by the sleeves and dragging them into the tasting bar for the Tourbillon Wines. Everyone needs to try these. The value is absolutely unbelievable for the price. Chateauneuf tends to get pretty pricey these days, and I’ve been finding less and less to love at affordable price points. The 2014 Tourbillon totally blew me away. It walks the line between modern and traditional in the most beautiful way with bright, clean fruit notes and just enough savory hints to make it captivating. Totally well-built and delicious enough to pop tonight, this is an absolute stellar wine that is soft, supple, earthy and gamey. Oh dang, this is good stuff.
  • Anthony Russo
    By: Anthony Russo
    K&L Staff Member
    This is one of those really cool wines at an awesome price... Lots of baking spices, a touch of rhubarb, a hint of leather, Grenache at it's finest! The roundness and depth of the lead varietal truly unfolds on the palate where the soft and supple fruit flavors shine. It's got the perfect richness, more typical of what Chateauneuf should taste like, with a loooooooong finish.
  • Sharon Kelly
    By: Sharon Kelly
    K&L Staff Member
    Bright in color and flavor, this sophisticated CDP displays a more delicate expression of Grenache with brilliant red cherry, herbs and seductive smoke and spice. The balance of fruit, acid and structure is all here. This is enjoyable today but will hold for several years. I appreciate when finesse and restraint are this present in a wine.
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    Tourbillon was introduced to us by our friend Cecile Chassagne, a very talented winemaker in her own right. Cecile is based in the village of Sablet and has a handful of small parcels in Gigondas just to the south. We love to rely on the recommendations of our friends and when Cecile introduced us to Tourbillon, there was no surprise that we were enchanted by the wine. This Chateauneuf is pure pleasure in a glass showing the charm of the 2014 vintage with its near-term drinkability. Aromas of cherry and wild strawberry erupt from the glass followed by whispers of brushy garrigue. On the palate the wine has a medium-full weight with flavors of berry compote, oolong tea and potpourri. The wine will drink beautifully for years to come but is so accessible now, it would be a shame to resist. Factor in the price of $25 and you have one of the great Rhone buys of the year.


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