Made from 100% Grenache from a parcel next to the domaine, the 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape L'Avenue spent 18 months all in demi-muids. Notes of blueberries, spring flowers, sappy garrigue, and green peppercorns all give way to a medium to full-bodied, concentrated Grenache that has beautiful mid-palate density, building tannins, thrilling purity, and a great, great finish. It's a singular Grenache from this estate that's going to benefit from 4-5 years of cellaring and will keep for 15+. It's brilliant. 96+
The 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape l'Avenue is 100% Grenache aged in demi-muids. Full-bodied, yet deceptively lithe and agile on the palate, it delivers a cornucopia of mixed red fruit—cherries, raspberries and strawberries—on the nose. In the mouth, it seems to darken a bit into black cherries, while adding a refreshing minty overtone. Tasted twice (once blind), with more tannin noted on one occasion but with a similar overall impression: a lovely expression of Grenache fruit that finishes silky and sublime, with a subtle dusting of Asian five spice powder. (JC)
Alluring, with creamy boysenberry, black currant and black cherry puree flavors, inlaid with anise and graphite notes. Pretty spice and shiso leaf details run through the finish as the fruit extends nicely. Sneakily long. (JM)
Vivid magenta. A wild, highly perfumed bouquet displays spice- and mineral-accented cherry, black raspberry, smoked meat and potpourri scents that expand steadily with air. Sweet and broad in the mouth, offering densely packed bitter cherry, dark berry and succulent herb flavors that tighten up on the back half. Shows less polish than I expect from Vaudieu, but not in a bad way. Finishes very long and smoky, with resonating florality and youthfully gripping tannins. (JR)
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