The crème of the lineup and made from the normal blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Mourvèdre, aged in 20% new demi-muids, the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape La Reserve is a full-bodied, polished and elegant example of this cuvée that offers lots of toasted spices, black raspberry and cassis fruit, beautifully ripe tannin and a great finish. I’d like to see a touch more mid-palate depth and concentration, but this is flat out gorgeous nonetheless. (JD)
This is tightly coiled, with intense raspberry and cherry reduction notes waiting to unwind, but held in check for now by myriad licorice, iron, rooibos tea and singed alder details. Shows terrific cut and tension through the finish, revealing a blaze of minerality. Just needs some time to harmonize fully. (JM)
The 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Réserve checks in as a classic blend of 55% Grenache and 45% Mourvèdre that was brought up all in 600-liter demi-muids. It has a perfumed, elegant, full-bodied style in its black raspberry, passion fruit, orange blossom and floral aromas and flavors. With gorgeous tannin, impeccable balance and solid freshness, it's reminiscent of the 2011 and ideal for drinking over the coming 10-15 years. (JebDunnuck.com)
Just over half grenache, the balance is mourvèdre. This delivers spicy, brash and assertive dark berries, as well as pepper and dark stony aromas. The palate exudes creeping, dark plum-flavored fruit. Long tannins. Best from 2022.(NS)
Youthful violet. A highly complex, expansive bouquet evokes ripe blueberry, Indian spices, candied lavender and sandalwood, and a zesty mineral overtone gains strength as the wine stretches out. Stains the palate with appealingly sweet red and blue fruit flavors that show impressive depth as well as vivacity, thanks to a spine of juicy acidity. The extremely long, floral-driven finish is given shape by fine-grained tannins that are quickly absorbed by the intense, concentrated fruit. (JR)
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