This is dark, savoury, potent and concentrated. It has great vibrancy of fruit coupled with real depth of integrated structural tannins and all matched with a gently throbbing acidity. It’s very ripe but not oversweet, and the finish is very long indeed. It's very well-tailored, and expertly fashioned, a real essence of Châteauneuf - very silky in style, and clearly a very crafted expression rather than a 'natural' one - but crafted with consummate skill. Grown half on large pebbles, half on sand in lieu-dit Les Cassanets, destemmed, then fermented mostly in concrete, then matured mostly in demi-muid except for 10% in amphora. (MW)
The 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Quartz demonstrates its characteristic purity of fruit. A blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah from a single lieu-dit, it offers up gorgeous aromas of cherries and raspberries. Full-bodied, concentrated yet silky and refined, it finishes with a remarkable degree of elegance and length. (JC)
Deep brilliant ruby. Powerful red and dark berry aromas are complemented by building spice, incense and lavender notes. Sappy and densely packed, offering vivacious black raspberry, cherry pie and spicecake flavors energized by a core of juicy acidity. Supple, harmonious tannins build steadily on the impressively long, seamless finish, which leaves behind floral pastille and juicy red berry preserve notes. (JR)
Coming from more pebbly soils and 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah, the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Les Quartz is more exuberant and Provençal, with a monster nose of red and blackberry fruits, peppery garrigue, game, candied orange, and loads of spring flower-like nuances. Slightly closed on the palate, it’s still medium to full-bodied, has solid spine of acidity, ripe tannins, and a great finish.
Alluring, with tea, singed sandalwood and woodspice accents leading the way for a graceful mix of dried cherry, raspberry coulis and damson plum flavors. There's a subtle mineral edge through the finish, while the fruit keeps pace. Approachable, but there's plenty for the cellar too. (JM)
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