A very convincing style. This has plenty to offer in terms of deeply focused blackberry and red plum fruits, but it is the structure that really impresses. Long, assertive and driving, it finishes with succulent grippy appeal. Try from 2020.
The 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Habemus Papam suffers only by comparison to the domaine's other micro-cuvées. It still delivers lovely cherry and stone fruit notes, medium to full body and ample concentration. The tannins are a bit grippier in this wine, so lay it down for a few years. Gigondas-based Yves Gras has quietly grown his holdings in Châteauneuf du Pape to six hectares, from which he's producing four separate cuvées. I'm sure it will hurt some feelings to say an outsider like Gras is producing some of the most compelling examples of Châteauneuf du Pape, but keep in mind these are generally tiny-production gems and not easy to track down. (JC)
Leading off the 2015s, most of which were tasted out of bottle, the 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Habemus Papam checks in as a blend of 64% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and the rest mostly Mourvèdre. It gives up outstanding notes of strawberries, red cherries, flowers and spice-box, Fresh, elegant and very much in the style of the vintage, with medium to full-bodied richness, it will keep for a decade.
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