Astounding purity and depth. This wine emanates old vine concentration with deep raspberry and red plums, spicy complexity and a sappy, bracken-like edge. Powerful and elegant tannins, reminiscent of great Barolo! Drink from 2023.
Lurid ruby-red. Sexy, highly perfumed raspberry, boysenberry and floral pastille scents are complemented by hints of musky rhubarb and Asian spices. Palate-staining sweet red and blue fruit and spicecake flavors show power as well as superb vivacity thanks to a spine of juicy acidity. The floral quality comes back emphatically on a strikingly long, sappy finish shaped by smooth, slow-mounting tannins. This might be the finest wine to emerge from this estate that I have ever tasted, and I've had some pretty amazing ones over the years. (JR)
The 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape looks to be a rock star in the vintage and offers full-bodied richness and depth, as well as the classic purity and elegance this estate is known for. Black cherries, blackberries, garrigue, licorice and pepper are all present, and this terrific barrel sample has sweet tannin and a great finish. Most people don’t know how good the Côtes du Rhône from Laurent is, or how age worthy it is, but the reality is that it’s closer to a Châteauneuf du Pape than a Côtes du Rhône. Easily one of my favorite estates, Laurent Charvin pulls from sites mostly in the northwestern part of the appellation and makes a single cuvée that’s as traditional as they come, seeing not a hint of oak and raised all in cement tanks. In addition, one of the best buys out there has to be his Côtes du Rhône, which is easily one of the most age-worthy Côtes du Rhônes out there.(JD)
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