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Wines from Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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98
points

Château de Beaucastel 1998 Cuvée Hommage à Jacques Perrin Red (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

  1. $240
A wine made with a high quantity of Mourvèdre (60%), and produced only in the best years, in memory of François and Jean-Pierre’s father. Superripe, with huge fruit, its’ jammy, gamy and rich. Dusty tannins and excellent black-fruit flavors. The final effect is a wine that epitomizes the potential elegance and the power of Chateauneuf-du-Pape in one glass. A great…  — W.E.  (12/31/2001)
96
points

Domaine de la Janasse 2003 Vieilles Vignes Red (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $100
From four parcels of vines, all giving different characteristics to the final blend. This is a beautifully structured wine, almost charming at first, and then packing an intense mouthful of fresh, balanced and dangerously delicious fruit. There is a touch of new wood, but the fruit is the star of this great wine. Imported by European Cellars.  — R.V.  (12/31/2005)
96
points

Château de Beaucastel 1998 Red (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

  1. $62
A big, rich wine with huge amounts of fruit oozing out of the glass. Great concentration and intensity, with licorice flavors from the Mourvèdre, finishing with chewy tannins. A great year for this wine, which should age well for 15 to 20 years.  — W.E.  (12/31/2001)
95
points

André Brunel 2009 Les Cailloux Red (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $60
The 2009 Les Cailloux is a classically built Châteauneuf that should age well through at least 2025. The blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 12% Syrah and 3% Cinsault starts off with lovely notes of wild thyme and dark fruit, then adds herbal complexity and chocolaty richness. It’s full bodied yet firm, with some dusty but elegant tannins on the finish. It’s…  — J.C.  (2/1/2013)
95
points

Alain Jaume et Fils 2009 Domaine Grand Veneur Vieilles Vignes Red (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $121
A prodigious effort, the 2009 Vieilles Vignes from Grand Veneur includes a whopping 40% Mourvèdre in the blend (there’s also 10% Syrah, with the balance being Grenache), which no doubt accounts for its dark flavor profile. This is a full-bodied, lushly textured, expansive wine, with a finish that seems to go on forever. Approachable now, it should age well for…  — J.C.  (7/1/2012)
95
points

Château de Beaucastel 2003 Red (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $83
One of the big names of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and this wine justifies the fame of the Perrin family’s property. It is a rich style, but, more importantly, it is beautifully made, structured, dense, with red jelly fruits, a touch of vanilla and a fat, full-bodied, but firm aftertaste. This is a wine for aging—give it at least five years before touching it. Imported…  — R.V.  (12/31/2005)
95
points

Domaine de Cristia 2003 Renaissance Red (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $70
Alain and Baptiste Grangeon make this wine from a small, 3.7-acre plot of old vines. Aged in wood for 2–3 years, it shows definite vanilla characters, with intense, ripe black flavors, great concentration and richness and flavors of cassis and spice. There is a delicious juicy aftertaste to this impressive wine. Imported by World Shippers & Importers Co.  — R.V.  (12/31/2005)
94
points

Château La Nerthe 2010 Cuvée des Cadettes Red (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $170
La Nerthe’s Cuvée des Cadettes shows a bit of oak on the nose in its hints of vanilla and toasted coconut, but also copious amounts of raspberry fruit. It’s full bodied and lush, with the fruit gently cosseted by oak, not at all overwhelmed, and the finish is long and plushly textured. While approachable even now, it should be at its best sometime after 2020.  — J.C.  (12/31/2013)
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