The entry-level effort is the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Le Miocène and it's primarily Grenache with smaller amounts of Syrah and Mourvèdre. It offers a classic, fresh, beautifully focused style in its raspberry, garrigue, flower and spice aromatics. This gives way to a medium to full-bodied, deep, rich, layered red that has the underlying tannic grip and structure of the vintage. It's going to keep for 10-15 years.
Brilliant ruby. Ripe, smoke-tinged cherry and blackberry aromas, along with hints of cracked pepper, garrigue and vanilla. Sweet and broad on the palate, offering sweet, weighty red and dark fruit preserve and spicecake flavors and a touch of bitter chocolate. Concentrated yet lively, delivering strong closing thrust, repeating spiciness and smooth tannins that build slowly. (JR)
70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre. Cask sample. Dark chocolate on the nose, tight and furry tannic grip on the palate. Very dense and very chewy. A little floral character trying to escape, but the density keeps it all pretty impenetrable at present. (RH) 17+/20 points
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