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Many Chapoutier Wines Highly Rated in Wine Advocate

 

 

Reviews of selected M. Chapoutier wines by Jeb Dunnuck in Wine Advocate, October, 2017.

96-98 points: M. Chapoutier 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Croix de Bois

“Last of the 2016-barrel samples, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Croix de Bois comes from a parcel on the eastern side of the appellation and is, as always, 100% Grenache brought up in concrete. It’s similarly colored to the Barbe Rac and offers the classic ripe, pure, sexy style of the cuvée. Blackberries, blueberries, crushed herbs, pepper and beautiful minerality all emerge from this full-bodied, uber-concentrated, ultra-pure 2016 and like a lot of 2016s might just be another best yet.”

95-98 points: M. Chapoutier 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Barbe Rac

“Tasted out of tank, the deep ruby/purple-colored 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Barbe Rac (100% Grenache raised all in concrete) offers a deep, intense bouquet of smoke red and black fruits, garrigue, black pepper and exotic spice. A big, rich, incredibly unctuous tank sample, it has building tanning and sensational purity.”

90 points: M. Chapoutier 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Bernardine Blanc

Made from Grenache Blanc and Clairette, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Bernardine offers a richer, lively style in its ripe orchard fruits, caramelized pineapple, mineral, and honeycomb. Fresh, lively and pure, with good acidity as well as texture, drink it over the coming 4-5 years.”

90-92 points: M. Chapoutier 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Bernardine

“The entry-level Châteauneuf-du-Pape that includes some purchases grapes, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Bernardine delivers a charming, forward, downright delicious profile as well as lots of the ripe, pure berry fruit, garrigue, and pepper that’s common in the vintage. Drink it over the coming 7-8 years.”

96 points: M. Chapoutier 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Barbe Rac

“The 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Barbe Rac comes from a single vineyard on the western side of the appellation. Made from 100% Grenache and brought up all in concrete tank, it offers a gorgeous bouquet of strawberry jam, garrigue, pepper and dried meat. Full-bodied, powerful, elegant and seamless on the palate, with a savory, layered, complex profile, give bottles 3-4 years and enjoy over the following 10-15.”

96 points: M. Chapoutier 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Croix de Bois

“The 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Croix de Bois is another single vineyard cuvee made from 100% Grenache that was completely destemmed and aged all in concrete. It’s slightly deeper ruby colored than Barbe Rac and offers a more fruit-driven style. Blueberry, plums, black cherries, spring flowers and Asian spice. Building with time in the glass, ripe, voluptuous and elegant, yet also concentrated and structured, it needs 2-4 years of bottle age.”

90 points: M. Chapoutier 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Bernardine

“The 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Bernardine is solid, and up with the best vintage of this cuvee to date. White pepper, Asian spices, and dried strawberry notes all emerge from this elegant, polished, impressively balanced Grenache that has fine tannin and a good finish. Drink it through 2025.”

91 points: M. Chapoutier 2016 Costières de Nîmes La Ciboise

“Coming from vines in the southern part of the Costières de Nîmes La Ciboise, which is a slightly cooler terroir, the 2016 Costières de Nîmes La Ciboise is rock solid, and I continue to see terrific wines from this appellation more and more. Black raspberries, strawberries, spring flowers and hints of spice all give way to a pure, polished red that has a great texture and a clean, dry finish.”

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