Domaine de la Charbonniere 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Vieilles Vignes


"A blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Mourvèdre from the lieux-dits of La Crau (sud) and Cristia, the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Vieilles Vignes is huge in the mouth, full-bodied and expansive, with a rich, velvety texture and tremendous length. Notes of raspberries, black cherries, dark chocolate, cola and licorice are compacted into this dense ball of richness, which somehow avoids feeling heavy or warm, framed by a webbing of fine-grained tannins and surprising acidity. I don't know if it will age well past about a decade or so, but it's pretty darn delicious now.

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." Robert Parker 97 Points


Bottle Size: All bottles are 750ML unless otherwise noted.

21 and Over: Adult Signature Required

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