2015 Clos du Mont-Olivet "Cuvée du Papet" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Previously $60)

SKU #1403312 96 points James Suckling

 This is 70% Grenache with the remainder equal parts Syrah and Mourvèdre. Aromas of ripe raspberry, red plum and cherry, with herbs, pepper and a whole bunch of sappiness, too. The palate has radiant, regal tannins in fine proportion. Super fresh. Best from 2020.  (1/2018)

95 points Decanter

 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre, some more than 100 years old. Vibrant and expressive raspberry and violet, a beautiful expression of Grenache. Full-bodied with fine tannins, pinpoint acidity. Subtle and expertly crafted. Drinking Window 2018 - 2035. (MW)  (10/2017)

93-95 points Vinous

 Deep ruby. Pungent aromas of ripe red fruit, licorice, potpourri and black cardamom carry a bright mineral overtone. Pliant, sweet and expansive on the palate, offering concentrated raspberry and cherry liqueur flavors, a hint of spicecake and impressive back-end energy. Fine-grained tannins add shape and gentle grip to an extremely long, floral- and spice-driven finish. (JR)  (3/2017)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 With all of its power and richness, the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape La Cuvee du Papet is a huge step above the regular bottling. Subtle cinnamon dusts slices of stone fruit and ripe cherries on the nose, but this is an old-school, savory wine with plenty of tannic bite that deserves some time in the cellar so that peppery licorice complexities can emerge. (JC)  (10/2017)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Lush and inviting, with the ripe plum, blackberry and cassis profile typical of the vintage, all backed by polished structure and mouthwatering anise, black tea and fruitcake flavors. Long and fresh through the finish. (JM)  (11/2017)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Slightly darker in color, the 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Papet offers gorgeous notes of black cherries and currant fruit intermixed with plenty of tapenade, pepper, garrigue, lots of minerality. It shows the vintage style with its moderate concentration, yet is fine, elegant and silky, and has a beautiful finish. Hide bottles for 4-5 years and enjoy over the following decade. 93+  (10/2017)

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Rhone Blends



- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.
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Chateauneuf du Pape