The 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape is an awesome wine from Laurent, and while it shows the sunny, ripe, sexy style of the vintage, it never loses the elegance and purity that’s the hallmark of Charvin. Lots of kirsch, graphite, dried flowers, garrigue, and ample minerality flow to a medium to full-bodied, silky, incredibly well-balanced red that has a stacked mid-palate, building tannins, and a great finish. Give bottles 4-5 years of bottle age and it will cruise over the following two decades.
Brilliant magenta. An assertively perfumed bouquet of ripe red and blue fruits, Moroccan spices and incense carries a smoky overtone. Sweet, penetrating raspberry preserve, cherry, lavender pastille and spicecake flavors show impressive depth as well as vivacity. Displays superb clarity and floral thrust on the finish, which features smoothly interwoven tannins and lingering spiciness. This wine shows just how much complexity can be achieved, even in a hot vintage, in the absence of any oak, old or new. (JR)
Low yielding vines have produced just 20hl/ha in 2017 from their sand and galet plots. The fruit is not destemmed, and is fermented with natural yeasts, then aged for 21 months in concrete. Lifted aromas of violets, lavender and thyme lead to juicy, lush, intense fruit and very ripe textural, muscular tannins on the palate. It could do with more lift and zest perhaps, but it has lovely fruit and a good authentic Châteauneuf expression. Lots to enjoy here, this is very much of its vintage. Drinking Window 2019 - 2023. (MW)
Marked by lifted aromas of red fruits and violets, now that it is in bottle the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape is reassuringly excellent, although clearly not up to the level of this estate's best vintages. Cherries and raspberries are framed by firm but silky tannins on the medium to full-bodied palate, trailing slowly away into a dusty swirl of dark chocolate and cocoa-powder tannins on the finish. (JC)
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