Compelling stuff, even tasted next to the Le Secret, the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Prestige is 70% Grenache and 20% Syrah, with a smattering of other varieties. Raspberry and garrigue notes lead the way, followed by a full-bodied wine that's incredibly rich and velvety in texture. There's the suggestion of chocolate fudge, but somehow it remains bright and balanced, framed by firm tannins. (JC)
The same blend as the 2016, the 2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Prestige is another inky colored wine from this estate that has an elegant, mineral-laced, balanced profile that’s very much in the style of the 2017 vintage. Blackberries, raspberries, crushed rocks, ground pepper, and violet notes all give way to a full-bodied 2017 that has terrific purity, no hard edges, building tannin, and a great finish. It's going to hit the ground running and cruise in good cellars for two decades. It has slightly more freshness and minerality than the Reserve cuvée.
Grown across a variety of soils in lieux-dits Les Brusquières and Cabrières, the fruit is fermented half in stainless steel and half in concrete, then aged in foudre, tronconic wooden vats and 10% demi-muid. The result is a wine with a nose of dark chocolate, smoky tea and herbs, leading to a very full-bodied palate that's generous in fruit but also has great purity. The weight of fruit hides the mass of grippy, ripe tannins, and it's very well balanced. With very persistent fruit, this is a superb expression of Châteauneuf. Drinking Window 2021 - 2030. (MW)
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