Leading off the three special cuvées, the 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape Cuvée Mourre Des Perdrix comes from sandy soils near the estate and is always one of the more elegant, seamless wines from this estate. Beautiful red and blue fruits, kirsch, flowers, and spice notes give way to a medium to full-bodied, seamless, incredibly floral 2017 that has silky, polished tannins. This cuvée is 70% Grenache and 15% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre (there’s a splash of Cinsault) and it’s brought up in a mix of larger oak tanks and demi-muids.
Such beautifully fresh and attractive ripe red plums and rich berries here. This offers such rich and long, sweet fruit that holds the finish super deep and long. Dark-cherry and berry flavors abound. Drink over the next decade.
After a rather long elevage—I've already reviewed this wine twice prior to bottling—the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Mourre des Perdrix exhibits a wonderfully generous yet silky and elegant presence in the mouth. Yes, it's full-bodied and high in alcohol (16% alcohol on the label), yet it manages to carry that with aplomb, masking the warmth with opulent red raspberries, black cherries and hints of dark chocolate and licorice. Drink this already delicious wine over the next decade. Charbonniere typically bottled later than most estates, so this was a first look at the 2017s out of bottle. They're reassuringly excellent across the board. Despite alcohol levels that will surely frighten some drinkers, they carry the alcohol well, buffering it with ample dry extract, supple tannins and complex flavors. While some 2017s are a bit closed and tannic, these are gorgeous now. (JC)
This brims with a zesty mix of blackberry, black currant and raspberry compote flavors, laced liberally with licorice root, sweet tobacco, garrigue and warm earth notes that almost hold sway through the finish, before a final kick of energetic fruit takes its encore. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Best from 2023 through 2036.
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