2016 Charbonniere de la Charbonnière Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Vieilles Vignes (1.5L)

2016 Charbonniere de la Charbonnière Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Vieilles Vignes (1.5L)

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"Brought up in new demi-muids, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes is a blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Mourvèdre (the Mourvèdre is from the Cristia lieu-dit). Unquestionably the greatest vintage of this cuvée ever made, this crazy good 2016 knocks it out of the park with its huge nose of currants, seaweed, incense, garrigue, and chocolate. Just a massive, deep, powerful wine, with sweet tannin and remarkable purity, it’s going to flirt with perfection and keep for 20-25 years. Bravo to the Maret family as well as consultant Philippe Cambie! 97-99 points"
- Jeb Dunnuck (Aug. 2018)

"Turning to the darker side of the fruit spectrum, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Vieilles Vignes veers toward black cherries, cola and spice. It's full-bodied, rich and velvety, but it takes a different tack than the more open and charming Les Hautes Brusquières bottling. It should drink well for close to two decades. They're the twins you might've fantasized about, one bright and bubbly, the other brooding and mysterious. And you can have both. 96-98 points"
- Joe Czerwinski (Wine Advocate, Aug. 2018)