The deepest colored of the trio and a true 'Wow' wine, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Folie is 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvèdre that was completely destemmed and brought up 10% new barrels, with the balance in demi-muids. An insane bouquet of black cherry liqueur, blackberries, crushed rocks, and pepper garrigue gives way to a full-bodied, incredibly polished, seamless Grenache. This beauty does everything right and possesses a vibrant, sexy texture, no hard edges, and a blockbuster finish. It will most likely merit a triple-digit score in a few years and cruise for a decade or more.
The 2016 Châteauneuf du Pape la Folie is a special cuvée that has only been made three times: in 2007, 2015 and 2016. As Nicolas Boiron points out, it's a 'modern style' of Châteauneuf, completely destemmed and aged in demi-muids and barriques, with a fair proportion of those barrels being new. Mocha cedar notes mark the nose at this early age, while the flavors resemble caramelized cherries and baking spices. Full-bodied, rich, creamy and undeniably plush, it's still recognizable as Châteauneuf-du-Pape, showing velvety hints of chocolate on the long finish. The assemblage is 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvèdre. (JC)
Deep bright-rimmed magenta. A hugely perfumed bouquet evokes ripe cherries, black currants, incense and exotic spices, and a sexy floral topnote builds steadily as the wine opens up. Stains the palate with alluringly sweet red and dark berry preserve, floral pastille and spicecake flavors that show a compelling blend of richness and energy. Velvety tannins build steadily through the impressively long, spicy finish, which leaves sappy red fruit liqueur, allspice and cola notes behind. Raised in new and used demi-muids and barriques. (JR)
A small amount of maturation in new French oak yields seamlessly integrated notes of smoke, char and caramel as well as fiery black cherry and currant in this wine.Plummy and richly concentrated, it's balanced by kicks of pepper and a firm, granitic undertone. Fine-grained, velveteen tannins are approachable already but should meld and improve through 2030. (AI)
100 year old vines. The Mourvèdre and Grenache come through in equal measure on the nose, as scrubland herbs, liquorice and blueberries. It's full-bodied, concentrated, very fresh and vivid on the palate, all well balanced with shining acidity. The small degree of new oak is perceptible but plays only a minor role, just adding a little spice. Quite a contemporary style, polished and vivid, more for drinking young that keeping. (MW)
Freshly baked black fruit on the nose – really heavyweight and uncompromising in flavour intensity. Broad-shouldered structure, but has the fruit power to match, and there's a nice lingering floral quality to the finish. 17/20 points. (RH)
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