Richly layered, with hedonistic fig, boysenberry and raspberry confiture flavors that roll over each other while mouthwatering anise, fruitcake and black tea notes chase from behind. Shows loads of heft but remains driven by fresh, deeply inlaid acidity that pulls everything together on the finish. A flashy style and impossible to resist. Best from 2020 through 2040. (JM)
Vaudieu is on a roll. Even the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape is a star, boasting forward aromas of garrigue and ripe raspberries. Full-bodied, richly textured and tannic, this wine will likely close down shortly. But the long, fruit and spice-driven finish gives me confidence it will then reemerge in five-plus years. (JC)
Limpid ruby-red. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes fresh red and dark berries, peppery spices and candied flowers, and a smoky mineral nuance adds vivacity. Sappy, sweet and open-knit, offering juicy raspberry and floral pastille flavors joined by hints of licorice and bitter chocolate that build slowly on the back half. Smooth and seamless in texture, showing very good finishing energy, gentle tannins and spicy persistence. This should turn out to be an outstanding 'basic' Châteauneuf. (JR)
The 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape from Vaudieu (81% Grenache and 19% Syrah) is a charming, silky textured 2015 that shines for its balance and purity. Framboise, strawberries, spice-box and dried flowers all flow to an elegant 2015 that has ripe, polished tannin, full-bodied richness, no hard edges and a great finish. With impeccably balanced and perfect ripeness, it's going to drink nicely for 15+ years.
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