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Rhone Jaboulet-Aine 1985 Hermitage La Chapelle 1 Bottle 75cl £175
  • Rating

    95

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2015 - 2025

    Reviewed by

    Jeb Dunnuck

    Issue Date

    14th Sep 2015

    Source

    Special Report (Sep 2015), The Wine Advocate

    One of the more finesse driven wines in the vertical, the 1985 Hermitage la Chapelle offered beautiful, complex notes of coffee beans, dried meats, potpourri and mint to go with a full-bodied, elegant and seamless feel on the palate. Following on the heels of the monster-sized '89, it still stood out for its purity, fine tannin and length on the finish. It's a beautiful wine drinking at point.

Tasting Notes
95
Rhone Beaucastel 1989 CNDP Hommage Jacques Perrin 1 Bottle 75cl £650£620
  • Rating

    100

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2014 - 2030

    Reviewed by

    Jeb Dunnuck

    Issue Date

    28th Feb 2015

    Source

    217, The Wine Advocate

    The first vintage for this cuvee, the still inky colored 1989 Châteauneuf du Pape Hommage À Jacques Perrin is deeper, richer and more powerful than the 1990, yet slightly less evolved and exuberant. From a scorching hot and dry year, this incredible cuvee is massive on all counts, with classic dark fruits, roasted herbs, charred meats, melted licorice and truffle aromas and flavors, full-bodied richness, a dense, layered, multidimensional texture and a blockbuster finish that just wouldn’t quit. Like the 1990, there’s certainly some evolution here, and it’s a gorgeous drink today, but it should easily continue to evolve through 2030+.

Tasting Notes
100
Rhone Brunel, Andre 1990 CNDP Les Cailloux Cuvee Centenaire 1 Bottle 75cl £360
  • Rating

    100

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2003 - 2020

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    1st Jan 2003

    Source

    E2003, The Wine Advocate

    One of the greatest vintages for Andre Brunel, aside from his extraordinary succession of vintages from 1998-2001 is 1990. The perfect Cuvee Centenaire is still dense ruby/purple-colored with a sumptuous nose of white flowers, raspberry and cherry liqueur, smoke, and mineral scents. The gorgeous aromatics are followed by an unctuously-textured, pure wine that combines the best of Chateauneuf du Pape with the floral, earthy complexity of a great grand cru red Burgundy. This is a riveting tour de force in winemaking. Don’t miss it. Anticipated maturity: now-2020. From this impeccably run estate, Andre Brunel produces 7,000 cases of a traditionally made regular Chateauneuf du Pape, and, when possible, about 500 cases of Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Centenaire. The Cuvee Centenaire emerges from 114-year old Grenache vines (about 80-85% of the blend), which is combined with younger-vine Syrah and Mourvedre. Approximately half of the blend spends time in new oak casks, and half in neutral foudres or vats. Brunel, who is one of the most articulate spokespersons of Chateauneuf du Pape, continues to fine tune his winemaking, always trying to enhance the fruit and texture. That has been apparent over recent vintages, although some of the old classics are not to be missed.

     

Tasting Notes
100
Rhone Guigal 1990 Cote Rotie La Landonne 1 Bottle 75cl £575
  • The 1990 La Landonne is a perfect wine! Fortunately, more than 800 cases were produced. It possesses an opaque black color, and a huge, truffle, licorice, cassis, and peppery-scented nose. While it is one of the most concentrated wines I have ever poured across my palate, it is perfectly balanced, with adequate underlying acidity, huge extraction of ripe fruit and tannin, and a phenomenal 70-second or longer finish. This is the essence of Syrah! Give this monumental wine 7-10 years of cellaring; it will last for 40-45 + years. 

Tasting Notes
100
Rhone Chapoutier 1990 Ermitage Le Pavillon 1 Bottle 75cl £375
  • Rating

    100

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2002 - 2035

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    1st Jan 1997

    Source

    Rhone Book, The Wine Advocate

    The 1990 Le Pavilion is as compelling as the 1989. It exhibits slightly less opulence, but more power and weight. Black colored, with an extraordinary perfume of licorice, sweet blackcurrants, smoke, and minerals, it coats the palate with layer upon layer of decadently rich, superconcentrated, nearly viscous Syrah flavors. There is amazing glycerin, a chewy, unctuous texture, and phenomenal length. The tannins, which are considerable when analyzed, are virtually obscured by the massive quantities of fruit. I hope I live to see the day when Chapoutier's 1990 Ermitage Le Pavilion, Chave's 1990 Hermitage, and Jaboulet's 1990 Hermitage La Chapelle are fully mature! What a trio of wines these three producers have produced from this historic appellation! My best guess for the aging potential of the Ermitage Le Pavilion is that it is more forward than both the Chave and Jaboulet Hermitages, but should you have the good fortune to find a bottle or two, do not open it for at least 7-10 years. It should last for 30-40 years.

Tasting Notes
100
Rhone Vieux Telegraphe 1994 Chateauneuf du Pape 1 Case 12 75cl £690£625
  • Rating

    93

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2003 - 2013

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    1st Jan 2003

    Source

    E2003, The Wine Advocate

    A sleeper vintage for Vieux-Telegraphe is 1994. Because this vineyard tends to mature quickly, the extraordinarily hot, dry summer allowed this estate to harvest in late August and early September, long before many other properties could, and before the rain began. The 1994 offers sweet floral, blue and black fruits intermixed with dried Provencal herbs, tree bark, and earth. Powerful, concentrated, and close to full maturity, it will last for another decade. Moreover, this wine sells for a song since the vintage does not have a reputation such as 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001.   

Tasting Notes
93
Rhone Chapoutier 1996 Ermitage Vin de Paille 1 Case 3 37.5cl £180
  • Rating

    (96 - 99)

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    1997 - 2047

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    28th Feb 1999

    Source

    121, The Wine Advocate

    What I found striking about the 1996 Vin de Paille was that the nose was identical to white truffles, something I had had my share of a week earlier when I was in Piedmont.  

Tasting Notes
99
Rhone Chapoutier 1998 Ermitage de l'Oree 1 Bottle 75cl £120
  • Rating

    99

    Release Price

    $253

    Drink Date

    2001 - 2049

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    28th Feb 2001

    Source

    133, The Wine Advocate

    The 1998 Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree's explosive bouquet offers a liquid minerality, honeyed tropical fruits, peaches, and acacia flowers. Amazingly, the 100% new oak treatment has been totally absorbed. The wine is extremely full-bodied, fresh, and pure, with an immense palate presence as well as finish. Drink it over the next 4-5 years, or forget about it for a decade. 

Tasting Notes
99
Rhone Sabon, Roger 1998 CNDP Le Secret de Sabon 1 Bottle 75cl £250
  • Rating

    100

    Reviewed by

    Jeb Dunnuck

    Issue Date

    28th Aug 2014

    Source

    214, The Wine Advocate

    A rock-star 1999 that's drinking at point (like most wines in the vintage today), it should continue to evolve nicely going forward. Shockingly good, the 1998 Chateauneuf du Pape le Secret du Sabon tastes like a hypothetical blend of the 2007 and the 2001. Powerful, massive, concentrated and beautifully ripe, it offers notions of kirsch, currants, peppered meats, Asian spice and licorice in its seamless, yet voluptuous and hedonistic personality. It's a crazy good bottle of wine that could be considered over-the-top by some, but who cares when it's this good? If I had bottles, I'd line them up for drinking as you don't want to miss this beauty while it's drinking at point. A brilliantly run estate, Domaine Roger Sabon covers close to 44 acres that are spread throughout the appellation, and the wines have been made by Didier Negron since 2001. This retrospective focused on their top cuvee, the Secret du Sabon, which is a field blend of roughly (the exact blend is a "secret") 90% Grenache with the balance other permitted varieties (from 100-year-old vines), that-s aged all in 600-liter barrels. While the first released vintage was 1998, they also bottled a small amount in 1990, 1995 (the only one I've tasted? superb) and 1996. 

Tasting Notes
100
Rhone Chapoutier 1998 Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 1 Case 6 75cl £625
96
Rhone Jaboulet-Aine 1998 Hermitage La Chapelle 1 Case 6 75cl £800
  • Rating:

    92

    Price ($)

    NA

    Drink Date

    2005 - 2025

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    26th Jun 2000

    Source

    129, The Wine Advocate

    This was the first vintage in the vertical tasting of La Chapelle that is beginning to reveal considerable secondary nuances and color development. Opaque purple/garnet with a touch of amber at the edge, this sexy, rich effort is more pleasurable aromatically than on the palate. However, it possesses multiple dimensions as well as abundant aromas of cedar, damp forest, spice box, and Asian spices. The soaring bouquet suggested the wine was more mature in flavor than it turned out to be. The wine is dense, with a firm, noticeably tannic edge, full body, and concentrated, powerful flavors. It is a classy, understated La Chapelle that requires another 5-6 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2025

Tasting Notes
92
Rhone Jasmin 2000 Cote Rotie 1 Case 12 75cl £7,250£675
  • Rating

    87

    Release Price

    $42

    Drink Date

    2003 - 2010

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    30th Jun 2003

    Source

    147, The Wine Advocate

    The medium ruby-colored 2000 Cote Rotie does not possess a great deal of power or richness, but it offers an elegant, superficial yet pleasant, herb-tinged raspberry and cherry character with hints of vanilla and white flowers in the background. Enjoy this delicate Cote Rotie during its first 5-7 years of life. The son of the late Robert Jasmin continues to demonstrate a fine touch with his elegant, finesse-styled Cote Roties, which emerge from three hillside vineyards above the village of Ampuis.  

Tasting Notes
87
Rhone Usseglio, Pierre 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve des Deux Freres 2 Case 6 75cl £1,050
99
Rhone Beaucastel 2001 CNDP Hommage Jacques Perrin 1 Bottle 75cl £300£275
  • I found this bottle of 2001 Châteauneuf du Pape Hommage À Jacques Perrin to be slightly behind a recent bottle from my cellar. Nevertheless, it was perfumed and surprisingly open, with gorgeous cedar, charcuterie, truffle, blackberry and currant-like fruit all soaring from the glass. Full-bodied, seamless and supple, with its tannin, fruit and acidity perfectly balanced, it’s just now on the cusp of moving from its adolescent stage into the early stages of maturity. Give bottles another 3-5 years and enjoy over the following couple of decades. The blend here is the classic, foudre-aged mix of 60% Mourvedre, 20% Grenache, 10% Counoise, and 10% Syrah.

    Coming mostly from a plot of old vines located behind the estate, the Perrin Family’s Châteauneuf du Pape Hommage à Jacques Perrin was first created in 1989 and is a tribute to the late Jacques Perrin, who passed away in 1978. Aged all in foudre and normally a blend of 60% Mourvedre, 20% Grenache, 10% Counoise and the rest Syrah, it’s only produced in top vintages and there’s normally a scant 400-500 cases to go around. It’s an incredible, yet atypical Châteauneuf du Pape due to its high Mourvèdre content. While most vintages require upwards of a decade of cellaring, the more forward, sexy vintages can certainly be enjoyable in their youth as well.
     

Tasting Notes
96
Rhone Beaucastel 2004 CNDP Hommage Jacques Perrin 4 Bottle 75cl £175
  • Rating

    95

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2015 - 2034

    Reviewed by

    Jeb Dunnuck

    Issue Date

    28th Feb 2015

    Source

    217, The Wine Advocate

    The 2004 Châteauneuf du Pape Hommage À Jacques Perrin continues to show well, and was even more open from this bottle than from one earlier this year. While still youthful, it has beautiful complexity and depth on the palate, and certainly offers plenty of pleasure. Dark fruits, spice, cured meats, truffle and licorice all flow nicely to a full-bodied, concentrated, lively feel on the palate. It has bright acidity and fine tannin, and while it will never have the sheer decadence of a bigger year, it shines for its complexity, elegance and length.

Tasting Notes
95
Rhone Chapoutier 2007 Ermitage de l'Oree 2 Case 6 75cl £470
  • The 2007 Ermitage Cuvee de l’Oree reveals a light gold color as well as a rich nose of flowers intermixed with honeyed oranges, apricots, quince, and currants. Deep, full-bodied, and multidimensional, it should drink nicely for 30+ years. 
     

Tasting Notes
96
Rhone Chapoutier 2007 Ermitage de l'Oree 1 Case 3 150cl £490
  • Rating

    (94 - 96)

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2009 - 2039

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    29th Apr 2009

    Source

    182, The Wine Advocate

    The 2007 Ermitage Cuvee de l’Oree reveals a light gold color as well as a rich nose of flowers intermixed with honeyed oranges, apricots, quince, and currants. Deep, full-bodied, and multidimensional, it should drink nicely for 30+ years.   

Tasting Notes
96
Rhone Clos Saint-Jean 2007 CNDP La Combe des Fous 1 Case 6 75cl £1,500
  • The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape La Combe des Fous (meaning "Valley of the Fools"), which comes from a specific vineyard known as Les Combes, was cropped at extremely low yields of 20-25 hectoliters per hectare. Atypically for a Chateauneuf du Pape, it contains a high percentage of Vaccarese (10%), along with 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 10% Cinsault. The Grenache was aged in tank, and the other varietals spent time in old small barrels or demi-muids. Explosive aromatics include spring flowers, boysenberries, blueberries, black raspberries, graphite, and charcoal. A powerful wine with great depth, full body, and an endless finish, it is exquisitely pure with not a rough edge to be found. It is the equivalent of liquid haute couture. The Musigny of the southern Rhone, it possesses extraordinary aromatics followed by a wine with the texture, length, and multilayered mouthfeel that are the stuff of dreams. Looking back at my tasting notes, the first thing I wrote was "whoa!" Deep plum/purple to the rim, this wine should evolve for 20-25 years, but it is already remarkably accessible. The vintage's freshness as evidenced by the lack of any excessive heat and cool nights has given an aromatic singularity to the 2007s that is largely unprecedented in my tasting experience.

    Score: 100
     

Tasting Notes
100
Rhone Clos Saint-Jean 2007 CNDP La Combe des Fous 1 Case 12 75cl £2,995
100
Rhone Clos du Caillou 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape La Reserve 1 Case 6 150cl £1,425£1,350
  • Rating

    98

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2012 - 2032

    Reviewed by

    Jeb Dunnuck

    Issue Date

    28th Feb 2017

    Source

    229, The Wine Advocate

    The largest scaled and most concentrated in the lineup is easily the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape La Reserve, which is 70% Grenache and 30% Mourvèdre that was raised all in demi-muids. Just a flat out sensational bottle of wine, it offers tons of black currants, licorice, roasted meats and toasted spice aromas and flavors in a full-bodied, seamless, perfectly balanced style that’s drunk well since release. It’s great today, but has another decade or more of longevity.

Tasting Notes
98
Rhone Sabon, Roger 2007 CNDP Le Secret de Sabon 1 Bottle 150cl £450
  • The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Le Secret du Sabon is jaw-dropping good, and tops out on my scale. Crazily perfumed and complex, with layers of kirsch, crushed flowers, incense, beef blood and garrigue, it hits the palate with massive depth and richness, thrilling purity of fruit and a seamless texture that needs to be tasted to be believed. I'd happily drink bottles today, but given its mid-palate depth and no shortage of tannin that emerges on the finish, it will have no issues evolving through 2027.

    Score: 100 Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (214), August 2014

    More closed and restrained than normal is the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Le Secret des Sabon. The Sabon family has always been "secretive" about the blend used for this cuvee, but they do acknowledge that about 90% Grenache is combined with a field blend from vines over 100 years of age. Yields are microscopic, averaging 8-12 hectoliters per hectare, and the wine is aged one year in used 600-liter demi-muids. In the years it has been made (the first commercial vintage was 1998, although a small amount was made for the family in 1990, 1995, and 1996), this cuvee often borders on pure perfection (i.e., 1998 and 2001). The 2007 is too backward at this stage to go that far out on a limb, but it possesses a dense plum/purple color to the rim as well as an extraordinary perfume of cedarwood, tobacco leaf, creosote, licorice, black fruits, smoke, and a smell and taste of highly-charred meat with the essence of blood. This extraordinarily full-bodied, but forebodingly backward wine is more inaccessible than the 1998 or 2001 were at a similar stage of development, but it is an enormous, massively-endowed Chateauneuf du Pape that represents the concentrated blood of an old vineyard. The finish is virtually endless, lasting well past a minute. It will benefit from 3-4 years of bottle age, and should drink well for 25-35 years thereafter.

    Score: 97+ Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (185), October 2009

    Reminiscent of a hypothetical blend, stylistically speaking, of a 1990 and 1998, the opaque plum/purple 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Le Secret des Sabon is off the charts. There are only 2,000 bottles of this limited cuvee, from a parcel of 100+ year old vines in the famed La Crau sector. Enormously powerful notes of grilled herbs, roasted meats, creme de cassis, blackberries, charcoal, and truffles emerge from this massive, super-concentrated 2007. A tour de force in winemaking, this is old vine intensity at its greatest and purest. Give it 5-6 years of bottle age, and drink it over the following three decades.Proprietor Jean-Jacques Sabon and the other younger family members are taking these wines to even greater quality heights than previously attained. The new vintages possess updated, more polished labels, but more importantly, the wines continue to go from what were very strong efforts in the past, to even deeper concentration, complexity, and depth. All four cuvees are now routinely outstanding, with the top two offerings, the Cuvee Prestige and the limited production Le Secret des Sabon, compelling Chateauneufs. As with many estates, the 2007s exhibit the vintage's succulent, juicy, incredibly pure fruit and tremendous freshness and vivacity, all packed into substantial, full-bodied wines with surprisingly high alcohols given their vibrancy. One might expect such greatness in 2007 in Chateauneuf du Pape, but the Sabons have also hit the heights in the excellent 2006 vintage.

    Score: 96/100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (179), October 2008

    Very silky, with a beautiful beam of kirsch running through notesof pepper, incense, black tea and melted licorice. The long, supplefinish has good latent grip, while maintaining its perfumy elegance.Drink now through 2020.

    Score: 93 James Molesworth (Wine Spectator), Wine Spectator, September 2009

    Please note that these tasting notes/scores are not intended to be exhaustive and in some cases they may not be the most recently published figures. However, we always do our best to add latest scores and reviews when these come to our attention. We advise customers who wish to purchase wines based simply on critical reviews to carry out further research into the latest reports.

     

Tasting Notes
100
Rhone Usseglio, Pierre 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Mon Aieul 1 Case 12 75cl £1,900
99
Rhone Chapoutier 2008 Cote Rotie Mordoree 2 Case 3 150cl £270
  • Aromas of lilacs, crushed rocks, blue and red fruits and a gamy, earthy scent emerge from the dark ruby-hued, medium-bodied 2008 Cote Rotie La Mordoree (604 cases produced). It is complex aromatically, but seems to fall off on the palate. Nevertheless, it is a fine effort for a 2008. Drink it over the next 7-8 years. 
     

Tasting Notes
89
Rhone Chapoutier 2008 Ermitage l'Ermite 2 Case 3 150cl £560
  • Rating

    94

    Release Price

    $180 - 250

    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    28th Feb 2011

    Source

    193, The Wine Advocate

    It is an amazing achievement. Even better is the 2008 Ermitage l’Ermite (449 cases). Not as concentrated as Le Pavillon, it reveals a powdered rock character in its ink, graphite, earth, blueberry and black currant-scented bouquet. Displaying medium to full body as well as great purity, it is another amazing accomplishment from Michel Chapoutier. Interestingly, in 2008, Chapoutier decided to cut back on the new oak for all of his top cuvees (utilizing 25% versus the normal 100%).  

Tasting Notes
94
Rhone Ogier, Michel & Stephane 2009 Cote Rotie Belle Helene 1 Case 6 75cl £1,500
  • Opaque purple. Deeply pitched aromas of cherry pit, blackberry, licorice and woodsmoke. Broad, palate-coating dark fruit flavors show liqueur-like depth and power, with by slow-building minerality providing lift. Very rich but surprisingly lithe, with strong finishing thrust and harmonious tannins that add grip. This impressively powerful, well-balanced wine should age slowly.

    -- Josh Raynolds 94+ Josh Raynolds Mar 2012

Tasting Notes
94
Rhone Voge, Alain 2009 Cornas Les Vieilles Fontaines 1 Case 6 75cl £720
  • Rating

    97

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2019 - 2039

    Reviewed by

    Jeb Dunnuck

    Issue Date

    14th Sep 2015

    Source

    Special Report (Sep 2015), The Wine Advocate

    More ripe and exuberant than the '10, the hedonistic-styled 2009 Cornas Vieilles Fontaines offers tons of incense, flowers, black raspberries, toasted spices and violet-like aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, layered and downright sexy, it still has plenty of class and firms up beautifully on the finish. It's hard to resist now given all its fruit and texture, but there's enough tannin here to warrant 4-5 years of bottle age.

Tasting Notes
97
Rhone Usseglio, Pierre 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape 1 Case 12 75cl £375
  • OBERT PARKER: 93

    The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition was cropped at 23 hectoliters per hectare (overall it was a small crop in 2010), and is a blend of mostly Grenache and 20% Syrah, with 80% aged in old wood foudres and 20% in small barrels. The alcohol level came in at 15.5%. Classic black raspberry, black cherry, garrigue, and lavender notes hit the palate with considerable authority. The Syrah component provides a slightly deeper purple hue to the color than is apparent in some other vintages. The extra level of concentration due to the tiny yields has resulted in a full-bodied, rich wine with super purity. It is already accessible, and should keep for 10-15 years. ||This branch of the Usseglio family left their home in Italy following the Great Depression in 1929 to make a new start producing wine in southern France. This estate has been on “fire” qualitatively since 1998. The cellars of brothers Jean-Pierre and Thierry Usseglio, who own approximately 60 acres of vines, are located adjacent to the ruins of a pope’s palace on the northeastern side of the village. In top vintages, such as 2010, 2009 and 2007, three Chateauneuf du Pape cuvees are produced. These include a traditional cuvee, the old vine, tank- and foudre-aged Mon Aieul and the more modern-styled Reserve des Deux Freres. Lirac is on the acquisition list of many Chateauneuf du Pape proprietors for a number of reasons: (1) they live close by; (2)the terroir is not dissimilar from that of Chateauneuf du Pape; and (3) the land is relatively cheap. The 2010 Chateauneuf du Papes are superb. Wine Advocate.October, 2012

Tasting Notes
93
Rhone Pegau 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee da Capo 2 Case 6 75cl £2,040
100
Rhone Mas de Boislauzon 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Quet 2 Bottle 150cl £390
  • 93 points

    75% grenache and 25% mourvedre): Glass-staining purple. Heady, spice-accented aromas of dark fruit liqueur, cola, licorice and candied violet. Broad-shouldered and deeply concentrated, offering sweet cassis and blueberry flavors that show a distinctly ripe character. Tannins build with air and carry through an impressively long, smoky finish that strongly echoes the blueberry and licorice notes. This masculine, brawny wine has shaped up very nicely since last year but it will never impress with finesse.

    -- Josh Raynolds

     

     

Tasting Notes
93
Rhone Chapoutier 2010 Ermitage Vin de Paille 1 Case 3 37.5cl £335
  • Because of a change in French laws, the 2010 Ermitage Vin de Paille will be the last sweet wine made by Chapoutier. Made from 100% Marsanne, this perfect wine exhibits an incredible perfume of truffles, apricot jam and caramelized tangerines. This noble, surgically precise classic can be drunk now or cellared for over 100 years. It is a remarkable wine, and it’s a shame to see this cuvee discontinued. For the technical minded, this wine has 120 grams of residual sugar. 

    In November of this year, Michel Chapoutier finally made the cover of The Wine Spectator. The accompanying article said essentially the same things I had written about over twenty years ago. More importantly, I am thrilled that Chapoutier received this attention because it has long been deserved. History will record that Michel Chapoutier is a revolutionary. He is also a highly emotional man whose infectious love of primitive art, historic books, classical music and, of course, terroir and winemaking are seemingly impossible to harness. Michel Chapoutier was among the first in France to embrace the radical biodynamic agricultural teachings, for which he was initially criticized, but is now praised. He was also the first to print all his labels in Braille, something that cynics considered to be a gimmick, but ask the National Association for the Blind what they think. Coming from a famous family, but moving in a direction unlike any of its previous members, Michel Chapoutier is self-taught. What he has accomplished over the last two decades or more is one of the great wine stories of the modern era. With all his outgoing, boisterous, machine-gun-speed prose that can sometimes sound shockingly cocky, and at other times reminiscent of the famous Lebanese poet Khalil Gibran, there is never a dull moment around Chapoutier., who makes comments such as “Filtering wine is like making love with a condom,” and “Acidifying wine is like putting a suit of armor on the vineyard’s terroir, vintage character and the cepage.” Don’t blame him if his brilliant intellect and shocking vocabulary put his visitors on the defensive. Michel Chapoutier has proven through his genius, the faith of his convictions and backbreaking attention to detail in his vineyards and in the winery that a once moribund negociant (yet with significant vineyard holdings) could become a beacon of inspiration and quality for the entire world. In short, every wine consumer in the world should admire his accomplishments. All of Chapoutier’s lower level 2010 whites and basic reds have long been sold out, so to keep the tasting somewhat limited during my visit, we focused on the more recently released 2010 white and red selections parcellaires and nearly all the 2011s. As for the 2010 selection parcellaire whites, they are spectacular. Le Pavillon, once called Rochefine and owned by Jaboulet-Verchere, consists of 10 acres of pure granite in the famed Les Bessards, which is considered by many to be the single greatest terroir of Hermitage. The Ermitage Le Pavillon, which is meant to age for 50+ years, is Michel Chapoutier’s legacy, and he is confident that history will support his belief in this extraordinary wine. Michel Chapoutier is not alone in believing the 2011s may resemble a more modern day version of 1991. That vintage was largely underrated by just about everybody (except yours truly) because all the accolades and hyperbole were largely bestowed on both 1989 and 1990 (deservedly), but in the Northern Rhone 1991 turned out to be a strikingly superb vintage for Cote Rotie, Hermitage, Cornas and Condrieu. In the Southern Rhone, the vintage was largely a disaster. Following is an overview of what to expect with the inexpensive 2011 whites and reds. Most of these wines do not have the weight, power or tannic structure of the 2010s, but they are by no means diluted or wimpish wines. They tend to be charming, fruit-forward and seductive, and thus may be preferred by consumers looking for immediate gratification. Although the first few wines reviewed are Southern Rhones, they need to be covered because they are in bottle, and I did not review them in issue 203. Along with several other producers, Michel Chapoutier has helped increase the world’s attention to the long-forgotten, microscopic appellation of St.-Peray. Chapoutier produces a bevy of St.-Perays under his own name as well as in partnership with two three-star chefs, Sophie Pic, of the Restaurant Pic in Valence (as well as several culinary branches in Paris and Lausanne, Switzerland), and Yannick Alleno, the brilliant chef at the Hotel Le Meurice’s in Paris. I did not review the two rose offerings from the Southern Rhone in issue 203, but both are excellent. Rose drinking season in the Mid-Atlantic and northeast regions is largely shut down until warm weather returns next spring. People in other, warmer climates of our country can still enjoy these wines. The red 2011 selections parcellaires are already fruit-forward and seductive. Readers should love them as they are much more evolved than the more structured, powerful, dense, tannic 2010s.

Tasting Notes
100
Rhone Mas de Boislauzon 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Quet 2 Case 12 75cl £2,100
  • 93 points

    75% grenache and 25% mourvedre): Glass-staining purple. Heady, spice-accented aromas of dark fruit liqueur, cola, licorice and candied violet. Broad-shouldered and deeply concentrated, offering sweet cassis and blueberry flavors that show a distinctly ripe character. Tannins build with air and carry through an impressively long, smoky finish that strongly echoes the blueberry and licorice notes. This masculine, brawny wine has shaped up very nicely since last year but it will never impress with finesse.

    -- Josh Raynolds

     

     

Tasting Notes
93
Rhone Chapoutier 2010 Ermitage L'Ermite 1 Case 6 75cl £1,350
100
Rhone Pegau 2010 CNDP Cuvee da Capo 2 Bottle 150cl £640
  • Comprised of roughly 85% Grenache and the rest Syrah and other permitted varieties, aged all in foudre, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee da Capo is sheer perfection in a glass. Wine doesn’t get any better. Incredibly rich and concentrated, yet ethereal and even graceful, it boasts off-the-hook aromas of blackberry, licorice, spice-box, smoked meats and underbrush that continue to change and develop in the glass. Massive and decadent on the palate, yet again, with no weight and a seamless texture, this brilliant effort needs a handful of years in the cellar and will live to see its 30th birthday in fine form. Drink 2016-2040.

Tasting Notes
100
Rhone Bonneau Henri 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape 1 Case 6 75cl £840
Rhone Mas de Boislauzon 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Quet 2 Case 6 75cl £1,050
  • 93 points

    75% grenache and 25% mourvedre): Glass-staining purple. Heady, spice-accented aromas of dark fruit liqueur, cola, licorice and candied violet. Broad-shouldered and deeply concentrated, offering sweet cassis and blueberry flavors that show a distinctly ripe character. Tannins build with air and carry through an impressively long, smoky finish that strongly echoes the blueberry and licorice notes. This masculine, brawny wine has shaped up very nicely since last year but it will never impress with finesse.

    -- Josh Raynolds

     

     

Tasting Notes
93
Rhone Chapoutier 2010 Ermitage de l'Oree 3 Case 3 150cl £1,050
  • There are 716 cases of the 2010 Ermitage de l’Oree. I have been following this cuvee since its debut vintage and this 100% Marsanne possesses more richness than most Burgundy Montrachets. Although aged in 100% new, 500-liter demi-muids, the wine reveals no evidence of oak. Honeysuckle, caramelized citrus, white peach, quince and white currant characteristics are viscous and full-bodied, yet the wine possesses striking precision and laser-like focus. This monumental effort is the most opulent and richest of all Chapoutier’s dry whites in 2010. 
     

Tasting Notes
100
Rhone Clos du Mont Olivet 2010 CNDP Mont Olivet Cuvee Papet 1 Case 12 75cl £820
  • ROBERT PARKER

    Possibly the finest example of the Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee du Papet since Mont Olivet’s unreal 1990, the 2010 is a blend of 75% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah, all aged in foudre. The grapes come from the estate’s oldest vines (50- to 105-years-old), which were planted in the famous sites of Mont Olivet and Bois Dauphin. A extraordinarily deep plum/purple color is followed by notes of balsam wood, raspberries, black currants, lavender, garrigue, kirsch, licorice and underbrush. This quintessential Chateauneuf du Pape smells like an open-air Provencal market. It is a full-bodied, full-throttle, multilayered wine with exceptional concentration, power and precision. While it can be approached now, it will not hit its prime for another 3-4 years, and should last for two decades given how well the 1990 continues to perform. ||One of the first properties to estate bottle their wines (over 80 years ago), Clos du Mont Olivet is owned by a branch of the Sabon family, a name that is well-known throughout the village of Chateauneuf du Pape.||Various American importers including Michael Skurnik, Syosset, NY; tel. (516) 677-9300; David Hinkle, North Berkeley Imports, Berkeley, CA; tel. (510) 848-8910; Dionysus Imports, Manassas, VA; tel. (703) 392-7073; Ideal Wines and Spirits, Medford, MA; tel. (617) 395-3300; The Wine Company, St. Paul, MN; tel. (651) 487-1212; and Import Wines, Middleton, WI; tel. (608) 833-8622 Wine Advocate.October, 2012

Tasting Notes
99
Rhone Grand Veneur 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes 1 Case 6 150cl £1,850£1,800
  • Rating

    100

    Release Price

    $75 - 90

    Drink Date

    2017 - 2047

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    31st Oct 2012

    Source

    203, The Wine Advocate

    A monumental effort meriting a perfect score, the super-rich 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is a 4,000-bottle blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah from 55- to 105-year-old vines and was aged for 18 months in small oak. The wine offers majestic blackberry and cassis fruit intermixed with kirsch, licorice and subtle Provencal herbs in the background. It is akin to chewing meat in the mouth given its viscosity and thickness. This utterly amazing wine comes close to being over the top, but it pulls back just in time. A massive Chateauneuf du Pape (even for a 2010), it needs 5-6 years of cellaring and should age effortlessly for 25-30 years. Bravo!  

Tasting Notes
100
Rhone Grand Veneur 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes 1 Case 12 75cl £550
  • Rating

    95

    Release Price

    $117

    Drink Date

    2013 - 2028

    Reviewed by

    Jeb Dunnuck

    Issue Date

    31st Oct 2013

    Source

    209, The Wine Advocate

    Showing similar aromatics, with copious toast, licorice, wood spice, black raspberry and crushed flowers, the Grand Veneur 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes possesses awesome depth and richness, full-bodied power and a blockbuster finish. A blend of 40% Grenache, 40% Mourvedre and 20% Syrah (from 5-to-100+-year-old vines) that spent 16 month in 60% small barrels, it is a brilliant 2011 that will have 15+ years of longevity. Hats off to the Jaume brothers for this superb effort. Covering 30 acres in Chateauneuf du Pape (over 100 acres in Cotes du Rhone, Lirac, Vacqueyras and Gigondas), Domaine Grand Veneur is run by the incredibly talented Sebastien and Christophe Jaume. The style here, if looked at as a whole, is more traditional than not, with plenty of tank and stainless steel, yet their Chateauneuf du Papes are distinctly modern and spent plenty of time in small barrels. However, they never lose their Southern Rhone typicity, have gorgeous purity and also possess balanced, age-worthy profiles. These are some of the most exciting wines coming out of the region and they should not be missed! Note: the estate bottlings are released under the Domaine Grand Veneur label, and the negociant wines are released under the Alain Jaume et Fils label. The 2012 whites from the Jaume brothers are incredibly strong.

Tasting Notes
95
Rhone Bonneau Henri 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Marie Beurrier 1 Case 12 75cl £1,350
  • Rating (90 - 92)+

    Reviewed by Jeb Dunnuck

    Issue Date 30th Oct 2015

    Source 221, The Wine Advocate

    About as sexy as they come, the 2011 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Marie Beurrier is just about overflowing with notions of kirsch, bouquet garni, Provençal garrigue and bloody meat. Medium to full-bodied, sexy, nicely concentrated and already hard to resist, it will probably see the inside of a bottle in the not too distant future. Henri commented that he wished he'd scheduled the 2011 to be bottled before the 2010, which is lined up for bottling as soon as possible.

Tasting Notes
92
Rhone Clos du Caillou 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape La Reserve 1 Case 12 75cl £950£725
  • Rating

    96

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

    Jeb Dunnuck

    Issue Date

    28th Aug 2014

    Source

    214, The Wine Advocate

    The 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve Le Clos du Caillou is near the top of the heap in the vintage, and is a brilliant wine. Giving up classy creme de cassis, black raspberry, ground herbs and creamy licorice, it has full-bodied richness and depth to go with an open, sexy, supple style that’s hard to resist. The tannin here is present however, but is polished and sweet, so it will evolve gracefully going forward.

Tasting Notes
96
Rhone Avril 2012 CNDP Clos des Papes 1 Bottle 300cl £225
  • Rating

    96

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2015 - 2035

    Reviewed by

    Jeb Dunnuck

    Issue Date

    14th Sep 2015

    Source

    Special Report (Sep 2015), The Wine Advocate

    Leading off the reds in the retrospective, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape hit a whopping 15.7% natural alcohol, yet doesn't show a trace of heat in its gorgeous bouquet of kirsch liqueur, blackberries, Asian spice, cured meats and garrigue. This is followed by a thick, concentrated, seamless 2012 that has the vintage's purity and rounded nature, plenty of sweet tannin, and a killer finish. Already hard to resist, it will cruise for another 15-20 years.

Tasting Notes
96
Rhone Chapoutier 2012 Ermitage de l'Oree 2 Case 3 150cl £525
  • Rating

    99

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2014 - 2042

    Reviewed by

    Jeb Dunnuck

    Issue Date

    30th Dec 2014

    Source

    216, The Wine Advocate

    The 2012 Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree is still firing on all cylinders, sporting heavenly notes of powdered rock, white flowers, honeyed orange blossom, white currants and a saltiness that keeps you coming back to the glass. Full-bodied, voluptuous and decadent, drink it anytime over the coming 2-3 decades.

Tasting Notes
99
Rhone Beaucastel 2012 CNDP Hommage Jacques Perrin 2 Bottle 150cl £420
  • Rating

    99

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2022 - 2042

    Reviewed by

    Jeb Dunnuck

    Issue Date

    31st Oct 2014

    Source

    215, The Wine Advocate

    The wine of the vintage is the Perrin’s 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Hommage A Jacques Perrin, and it will most likely merit a perfect rating in another couple of years. Full-bodied, massive and layered on the palate, with awesome purity and freshness, it delivers incredible aromatics of beef blood, truffle, graphite, iron and black and blue fruits. Given all of the fruit and texture, you almost have to hunt for the structure here, but trust me, it’s there. The tasting at Beaucastel took place a 9 a.m., and even then, this is one wine I found impossible to spit. It’s a tour de force that will have 3-4 decades of life.

Tasting Notes
99
Rhone Chapoutier 2013 Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 1 Bottle 150cl £220
  • Rating

    100

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2015 - 2043

    Reviewed by

    Jeb Dunnuck

    Issue Date

    30th Dec 2014

    Source

    216, The Wine Advocate

    Easily the finest vintage of this cuvee to date, the 2013 Ermitage le Meal Blanc doesn’t give an inch to the more heralded Cuvee de L’Orée or l’Ermite. Pure perfection in a glass, with awesome caramelized citrus, pineapple, crushed rock, toasted bread and buttered peach, it’s full-bodied, massive and concentrated on the palate, with incredible purity, richness and length. As with the other top whites here, it needs a year or two in the cellar and will have 2-3 decades of longevity.

Tasting Notes
100
Rhone Chapoutier 2013 Ermitage de l'Oree 1 Case 3 150cl £675
  • 100

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2016 - 2043

    Reviewed by

    Jeb Dunnuck

    Issue Date

    30th Dec 2014

    Source

    216, The Wine Advocate

    Leading off three single-vintage whites from Hermitage, the stunning 2013 Ermitage Cuvee de L’Orée has an off-the-hook bouquet that includes just about everything you could think of when considering Hermitage Blanc. White peach, white flowers, almond paste, quince and wet rock are just some of the nuances, and it packs a serious punch on the palate, with full-bodied richness, a flamboyant, expansive texture and riveting focus and purity. Give it a year or so and drink it over the following 2-3 decades.

Tasting Notes
100
Rhone Chapoutier 2013 Ermitage Le Pavillon 1 Case 6 75cl £725
  • Rating

    98+

    Release Price

    $388

    Drink Date

    2021 - 2061

    Reviewed by

    Jeb Dunnuck

    Issue Date

    31st Dec 2015

    Source

    222, The Wine Advocate

    The star of the show in 2013 is the 2013 Ermitage le Pavillon. Coming from the west and eastern edges of the Bessards lieu-dit and aged in 30% new French oak, its sensational black/blue color is followed by the awesome bouquet of cassis, smoked earth, graphite and caramelized meats that could come from no other terroir in the world. Full-bodied, massive, dense, sexy and with a liquid rock-like character that comes out with time in the glass, it has sweet tannin and a blockbuster finish that keeps you coming back to the glass. It needs 5-6 years of cellaring and will have 30-40 years of more of ultimate longevity.

     

Tasting Notes
98
Rhone Beaucastel 2013 CNDP Hommage Jacques Perrin 2 Case 3 75cl £460
  • Rating

    96+

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2025 - 2055

    Reviewed by

    Jeb Dunnuck

    Issue Date

    30th Oct 2015

    Source

    221, The Wine Advocate

    The 2013 Châteauneuf du Pape Hommage a Jacques Perrin is a beast of a wine that’s shed most of the baby fat it showed from barrel. A normal blend of 60% Mourvèdre, 20% Grenache, and the rest Syrah and Counoise, this tiny production release has incredible minerality to go with searing black and blue fruits, forest floor, smoked earth and leather. Full-bodied, inky, concentrated and backwards with a serious kick of tannin, it will need a decade of cellaring to be approachable. I suspect it will have 2-3 decades of longevity.

Tasting Notes
96
Rhone Chapoutier 2014 Ermitage de l'Oree 1 Bottle 150cl £180
  • The thickest, most unctuous, full-bodied and sexy white of the vintage is the 2014 Ermitage de l’Orée. Coming all from the sedimentary soils of the Les Murets and aged mostly in demi-muids (only 15% new), it offers a sensational perfume of caramelized peaches, campfire, honeysuckle and white flowers that literally come soaring from the glass. Possessing uncommon density, a stacked mid-palate, loads of sweet fruit and a blockbuster finish, this hedonistic effort can be drunk with incredibly pleasure today, or cellared for a decade or more. It will have three or more decades of overall longevity.

    Score: 98+ Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (222), December 2015

Tasting Notes
98
Rhone Chapoutier 2014 Ermitage l'Ermite 1 Bottle 150cl £280
  • Rating

    97

    Release Price

    $420

    Drink Date

    2021 - 2041

    Reviewed by

    Jeb Dunnuck

    Issue Date

    30th Dec 2016

    Source

    228, The Wine Advocate

    The inky black/purple-colored 2014 Ermitage l’Ermite is more firm, backward and mineral driven than the sexier Pavillon, offering fabulous notes of scorched earth, wood smoke, crushed violets, and both blackcurrant and crème de cassis. An utterly profound effort, it defines the more charming nature of the vintage, displaying building tannin and one seriously long finish. Forget bottles for 5-7 years and enjoy over the following two decades.

    Not enough can be said about the quality that consistently comes from this estate. From the top to the bottom of the range, you can’t go wrong. And while the prices at the top are frightfully expensive (they’re out of my zip code), there are incredible values from St Péray, St Joseph, Cornas and Crozes Hermitage that should be snatched up by readers. Looking at the 2014s reviewed here, these shine for their elegance and purity, and are certainly some of the most concentrated wines in the vintage. Readers shouldn’t forget that while 2014 was a complicated vintage for the reds, the whites are gorgeous. As to the 2015s, these massive and concentrated wines are going to demand patience, but at the top end, I suspect will be as good as wine gets.

Tasting Notes
97
Rhone Guigal 2014 Condrieu La Doriane 1 Case 6 75cl £395
  • Rating

    97

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2016 - 2024

    Reviewed by

    Jeb Dunnuck

    Issue Date

    30th Dec 2016

    Source

    228, The Wine Advocate

    The 2014 Condrieu la Doriane is a sensational white that marries the inherent richness and exotic quality of the Viognier grape with the purity, elegance and grace imparted by this cooler vintage. Giving up terrific notes of white peach, marmalade, flowers, spice and tangerines, it has full-bodied richness, awesome purity and integrated acidity. Deep, rich, lengthy and profound, it’s up there with some of the greatest Condrieu ever made.

Tasting Notes
97
Rhone Chapoutier 2014 Ermitage de l'Oree 5 Bottle 150cl £190
  • Rating

    98+

    Release Price

    $337

    Drink Date

    2015 - 2045

    Reviewed by

    Jeb Dunnuck

    Issue Date

    31st Dec 2015

    Source

    222, The Wine Advocate

    The thickest, most unctuous, full-bodied and sexy white of the vintage is the 2014 Ermitage de l’Orée. Coming all from the sedimentary soils of the Les Murets and aged mostly in demi-muids (only 15% new), it offers a sensational perfume of caramelized peaches, campfire, honeysuckle and white flowers that literally come soaring from the glass. Possessing uncommon density, a stacked mid-palate, loads of sweet fruit and a blockbuster finish, this hedonistic effort can be drunk with incredibly pleasure today, or cellared for a decade or more. It will have three or more decades of overall longevity.

Tasting Notes
98
Rhone Chapoutier 2015 Ermitage Le Meal 1 Case 6 75cl £1,150
  • Rating

    99+

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

     Joe Czerwinski

    Issue Date

    29th Dec 2017

    Source

    234, The Wine Advocate

    When in the course of a tasting session one is confronted by a wine that stands above the others, I find it impossible to give more than a single perfect score. So the 2015 Ermitage le Meal gets a "consolation prize" 99+ rating. Full-bodied and intense, loaded with blackberry fruit that pushes the limits of ripeness and richness, this incredible wine retains such fine details as hints of crushed stone, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. Unless it shuts down, it should be drinkable by 2025 and give pleasure for many years to come.

Tasting Notes
99
Rhone Chapoutier 2015 Ermitage de l'Oree 1 Bottle 150cl £195
  • Rating

    98

    Release Price

    $337

    Drink Date

    2016 - 2046

    Reviewed by

    Jeb Dunnuck

    Issue Date

    30th Dec 2016

    Source

    228, The Wine Advocate

    Of the three sélection parcellaire whites, the 2015 Ermitage de l’Orée is the most fresh and lively, with full-bodied richness and depth in its pineapple, mint, tropical fruits, toasted bread, brioche and liquid rock-styled aromas and flavors. It has good acidity, a stacked mid-palate and one seriously long finish.

Tasting Notes
98
Rhone Beaucastel 2015 CNDP Hommage Jacques Perrin 1 Bottle 300cl £800
  • A classic blend of mostly Mourvèdre, the 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Hommage A Jacques Perrin is a blockbuster that’s certainly the wine of the vintage. Possessing an inky purple color to go with an incredible bouquet of blueberries, garrigue, olive tapenade, beef blood and pepper. Rich, full-bodied, powerful and layered, with sweet, ripe tannin, it's a more approachable example of this cuvée that past vintage, yet will keep for 3 decades or more.

    Score: 99 Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, October 2017

    A well-endowed wine, dripping with cassis, plum sauce and raspberry puree flavors supported by notes of warmed apple wood, black tea and melted licorice. Dense yet remarkably polished, and almost supple in feel, with a bolt of warm earth scoring the very end of the finish. Best from 2025 through 2050. 170 cases made.

    Score: 98 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator Advance, June 2018

    Inky ruby. Potent blackberry, cassis, potpourri and garrigue aromas expand with air, picking up Indian spice and mineral nuances and a hint of smokiness. Sweet and seamless in texture, offering wonderfully concentrated yet lively dark fruit liqueur, spicecake and floral pastille flavors and a touch of candied licorice. Deftly blends richness and vivacity and finishes spicy, focused and extremely long; pliant tannins add shape and closing grip.

    Score: 95/97 Josh Raynolds, vinous.com, March 2017

Tasting Notes
99
Rhone Vieux Telegraphe 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape 1 Case 3 150cl £250
  • Rating

    94

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2017 - 2035

    Reviewed by

     Joe Czerwinski

    Issue Date

    31st Oct 2017

    Source

    233, The Wine Advocate

    The flagship wine, the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape, is a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah and 5% other permitted varieties. It features delicate floral scents and ample cherry and licorice aromas. Somehow, it manages to be full-bodied and almost creamy in texture but without much weight, then it ends powerfully, with a flourish of rich Mexican chocolate on the long, silky finish. It should drink well for up to 20 years.

Tasting Notes
94
Rhone Vieux Telegraphe 2015 Telegramme Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2 Case 6 75cl £120
  • Rating

    89+

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2016 - 2023

    Reviewed by

    Jeb Dunnuck

    Issue Date

    28th Oct 2016

    Source

    227, The Wine Advocate

    One of the finer, more elegant and classy examples of the cuvée I can remember, the 2015 Télégramme Châteauneuf du Pape is more a mini Vieux Telegraphe at this point than the more fruit-forward Télégramme examples of the past. Framboise, currants, dried earth and garrigue all emerge from this medium-bodied, elegant and finesse-driven wine that’s ideal for drinking while you wait on the top cuvée.

Tasting Notes
89
Rhone Vieux Telegraphe 2015 Pallieres Gigondas les Racines 1 Case 6 75cl £98
  • Rating

    (91 - 93)

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

    Jeb Dunnuck

    Issue Date

    28th Oct 2016

    Source

    227, The Wine Advocate

    The 2015 Gigondas les Racines looks to be slightly superior to the Terrasses du Diable at this point and has a more minerality, dark fruit and garrigue in a medium to full-bodied, concentrated, even backwards style. It has depth and length, and will benefit from a few years in bottle.

Tasting Notes
93
Rhone Chapoutier 2016 Ermitage de l'Oree 1 Bottle 150cl £225
  • Rating

    97

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2018 - 2035

    Reviewed by

     Joe Czerwinski

    Issue Date

    29th Dec 2017

    Source

    234, The Wine Advocate

    As usual, Chapoutier's sélections parcellaires are stunning. The 2016 Ermitage de l'Oree from Les Murets' clay soils combines hints of honey and toast with tangerine zest and melon. It's 100% Marsanne, yet shows exuberant, nearly tropical flavors and absolutely no bitterness. It's full-bodied, completely mouth coating and rich, yet it finishes with zesty vitality and sherbet-like cleanliness. It should drink well for at least two decades.

Tasting Notes
97
Rhone Guigal 2016 Ermitage ex Voto Blanc 4 Case 6 75cl £725
  • The 2016 Hermitage Ex Voto Blanc is brilliant, offering classic, powerful notes of Asian spices, toasted bread, acacia flowers, and crushed rocks as well as tons of quince and stone fruit notes. This beauty is full-bodied, multi-dimensional, and already impossible to resist. It’s going to evolve for 20-25 years or more.” JD

Tasting Notes
97
Rhone Clos Saint-Jean 2016 CNDP La Combe des Fous 1 Case 6 75cl £385
  • Rating

    95

    Release Price

    $135

    Drink Date

    2018 - 2030

    Reviewed by

     Joe Czerwinski

    Issue Date

    31st Aug 2018

    Source

    238, The Wine Advocate

    From a single exposed hilltop parcel, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape La Combe des Fous is a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% each Cinsault and Vaccarèse. As the Syrah was aged in wood, there's a hint of campfire smoke here, plus layers of rich, voluptuous plummy fruit. Full-bodied and velvety in texture, this is more concentrated than even the Vieilles Vignes bottling, but it's not that much better in terms of overall quality or longevity.

Tasting Notes
95
Rhone Clos Saint-Jean 2016 Chateauneuf Deus Ex Machina 2 Bottle 75cl £118
  • Rating

    98

    Release Price

    $150

    Drink Date

    2018 - 2035

    Reviewed by

     Joe Czerwinski

    Issue Date

    31st Aug 2018

    Source

    238, The Wine Advocate

    Bottled just four weeks prior to my visit, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Deus Ex Machina was showing no ill effects of the process. A blend of 60% Grenache with 40% Mourvèdre, it reveals intriguing notes of crushed stone, pencil shavings, black olives, tar and licorice on the nose. It's so massive and concentrated that it's almost painful to taste yet is seductive at the same time for its rich, velvety texture and incredible length. Somehow it manages all this but appears nimble and light at the same time, easily hiding what must be considerable alcohol.

Tasting Notes
98
Rhone Clos Saint-Jean 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Sanctus Sanctorum 3 Bottle 150cl £595
  • 95-97 points

    (raised in a single, new demi-muid) Brilliant ruby-red. A hugely aromatic, expansive bouquet displays an array of red fruit, floral and exotic spice aromas, and subtle vanilla, garrigue and mineral notes build steadily as the wine stretches out. Utterly stains the palate with sweet, mineral-laced Chambord, lavender pastille, spicecake and mocha flavors that show unlikely vivacity. The combination of richness and finesse here is quite something. Finishes extremely long and sweet, with resonating florality and smooth tannins making a cameo appearance.

    -- Josh Raynolds

Tasting Notes
96
Rhone Clos Saint-Jean 2016 Chateauneuf Deus Ex Machina 1 Case 12 75cl £1,425
  • Rating

    98

    Release Price

    $150

    Drink Date

    2018 - 2035

    Reviewed by

     Joe Czerwinski

    Issue Date

    31st Aug 2018

    Source

    238, The Wine Advocate

    Bottled just four weeks prior to my visit, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Deus Ex Machina was showing no ill effects of the process. A blend of 60% Grenache with 40% Mourvèdre, it reveals intriguing notes of crushed stone, pencil shavings, black olives, tar and licorice on the nose. It's so massive and concentrated that it's almost painful to taste yet is seductive at the same time for its rich, velvety texture and incredible length. Somehow it manages all this but appears nimble and light at the same time, easily hiding what must be considerable alcohol.

Tasting Notes
98
Rhone Charvin 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape 2 Case 6 75cl £180
  • Rating

    (92 - 94)+

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2020 - 2035

    Reviewed by

     Joe Czerwinski

    Issue Date

    31st Aug 2018

    Source

    238, The Wine Advocate

    Based on a prospective blend tasted blind, Charvin's 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape looks promising. A blend of 82% Grenache, 5% each Mourvèdre and Syrah and 4% each Counoise and Vaccarèse, it offers lovely aromas of roses, tea leaves and raspberries that lead into a full-bodied wine. It's creamy on the mid-palate, then shows some stemmy notes and increased astringency on the long, minty finish. If it comes together after bottling the way the 2015 did, it should perform at or above the high end of my score range.

Tasting Notes
94
Rhone Jaboulet-Aine 2018 Crozes Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert 1 Case 6 75cl £98
  • Rating (93 - 95)

    Release Price NA

    Drink Date 2020 - 2030

    Reviewed by Joe Czerwinski

    Issue Date 19th Dec 2019

    Source December 2019 Week 3, The Wine Advocate

    Although the fruit sourcing has changed from the old days, the 2018 Crozes Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert remains a solid offering in the Jaboulet lineup. Violets accent blackberries and plums on the nose, while the palate is full-bodied, lush and velvety, underscored by doses of salinity and licorice on the lengthy finish.

    With properties now in Bordeaux (Château La Lagune), Burgundy (the former Château Corton André) and Switzerland (she purchased a vineyard in the Valais in 2016), proprietor Caroline Frey is increasingly drawn in different directions, so I was fortunate to be able to sit down with her for a few hours at Michelin-starred Maison Chabran in nearby Pont de l'Isère. She brought representative barrel samples of the 2018s, plus the bottled 2017s, which we tasted through before dining. This year, Frey was excited to show me the 2017 Côtes du Rhône Parallele 45, which is now made using only organic grapes. At up to two million bottles (red, white and rosé) per year, that's no small achievement. But as always, we spent the most time on the wines produced from the firm's own vineyards, which are all farmed biodynamically. Frey explained that they cannot be certified, as the winery also processes grapes and wines from the négociant operations. The grapes are all destemmed, although she said they will experiment with whole clusters. "When we did it in 2013, for me it was not OK," she said. She has begun doing more pigeage (punching down) in the winery, versus just remontage (pumping over). "We have good results on the texture—fleshier." The glory of Jaboulet is the legendary Hermitage La Chapelle, which is finally reflecting all of the hard work put into the vineyards by the Frey family and the Jaboulet team. "We still have many things to do," said Frey. "But I think in the past 13 years we've come a long way."

Tasting Notes
93
Rhone Chapoutier 2019 Ermitage de l'Oree 1 Case 6 75cl £770
Rhone Chapoutier 2019 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois Rouge 1 Case 6 75cl £290
Rhone Chapoutier 2019 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois Rouge 3 Bottle 75cl £49
Rhone Chapoutier 2019 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Rouge 1 Case 3 75cl £145

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