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Jeb Dunnuck: 99 Points for Le Clos Rouge Saint-Joseph 2017

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Jeb Dunnuck
awarded 99 points to Le Clos Saint-Joseph 2017.

“From a higher, east-facing vineyard, the 2017 Saint-Joseph Le Clos is almost black and is the most concentrated, powerful Saint Joseph in the vintage. Blackcurrants, cassis, kirsch, ground herbs, beef blood, burning embers, and new leather notes all emerge from this beast of a Saint Joseph that has incredible depth and richness, an Hermitage-like power and opulence, and a great finish. Give bottles 3-4 years and it should evolve gracefully for two decades. There are a tiny 228 cases produced.”

 

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Vinous: 94 Points for Le Clos Rouge Saint-Joseph 2017

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Vinous
awarded 94 points to Le Clos Saint-Joseph 2017.

“Deep, dark ruby. Smoke- and mineral-accented black and blue fruits, licorice and potpourri on the intensely perfumed nose. Plush, sweet and broad on the palate, offering sweet blackberry, cassis, cola and exotic spice flavors underscored by a core of juicy acidity. Shows superb depth as well as energy and finishes extremely long and supple, with rounded tannins that build steadily and add shape and gentle grip to the wine’s vibrant dark fruit.”

– Josh Raynolds

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Wine Spectator: 94 Points for Le Clos Rouge Saint-Joseph 2017

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Wine Spectator
 
awarded 94  points to Le Clos Saint-Joseph 2017.

“This shows a mix of pepper, mesquite and bay leaf notes out front, followed by a core of steeped plum and blackberry fruit. Ends with dark humus details through the finish, giving this an old-school feel. Drink now through 2028.”

– James Molesworth

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Jeb Dunnuck: 96+ Points for Croix de Bois Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2017

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Jeb Dunnuck awarded 96+ points to Croix de Bois Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2017.

“More blackberry, blueberry, violets, ground pepper, and flowers emerge from the 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape Croix De Bois, which is also all Grenache brought up in concrete. It’s full-bodied, deep, seriously concentrated, has ample tannins, and a huge finish. This is another brilliant Grenache from Chapoutier that delivers everything you could want from the variety. Surprisingly, it’s less approachable than the Barbe Rac (which is normally the more structured wine) and will benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age.”

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Robert Parker: 94 Points for Croix de Bois Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2017

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Robert Parker Wine Advocate
awarded 94 points to Croix de Bois Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2017.

“Another 100% Grenache CdP, the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois hints at garrigue on the nose, then eases into a dense, compact ball of dark fruit. Concentrated and tannic, this looks as if it will need five years or more to slowly unfurl its dense layers of dark berries, black olives, licorice and tea.”

– Joe Czerwinski

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Robert Parker: 96 Points for Barbe Rac Rouge Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2017

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Robert Parker Wine Advocate
awarded 96  points to Barbe Rac Rouge Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2017.

“Produced from yields of just 15 hectoliters per hectare, the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac is a powerful, 100% Grenache wine raised in concrete. It’s a big, full-bodied beauty, loaded with scents of kirsch and framboise, stuffed with ripe tannins and with a finish that lasts for several minutes. Give it 5 years in the cellar and drink it over the next decade or so.”

– Joe Czerwinski

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Jeb Dunnuck: 96-98 Points for Barbe Rac Rouge Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2018

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Jeb Dunnuck
awarded 96-98 points to Barbe Rac Rouge Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2018.

“From decimated yields of 0.4 tons per acre, the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Barbe Rac (100% Grenache brought up all in concrete) shows beautiful purity of fruit, notes of blueberries, wild strawberries, ground pepper, and crushed violets, brilliant concentration, and fine, building tannins. It’s a remarkable effort in the vintage that has more depth and concentration than just about every other wine out there. It’s going to benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age and cruise for 15 years in more in cool cellars.”

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Jeb Dunnuck: 97 Points for Barbe Rac Rouge Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2017

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Jeb Dunnuck
awarded 97 points to Barbe Rac Rouge Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2017

“The 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape Barbe Rac is brilliant and up there with some of the finest vintages to date of this cuvée. Based all on Grenache from a single lieu-dit in the southwest of the appellation called the Barbe d’Asne and brought up in concrete tanks, it offers up a gorgeous nose of kirsch liqueur, ground pepper, garrigue, and graphite. Deep, rich, and powerful on the palate, with tons of sweet fruit, it needs 4-5 years of bottle age and will keep for two decades or more.”

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Jeb Dunnuck: 95+ Points for Les Varonniers, Rouge Crozes-Hermitage 2017

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Jeb Dunnuck
awarded 95+ points to Les Varonniers, Rouge Crozes-Hermitage 2017.

“The 2017 Crozes-Ermitage Les Varonniers is a wild beauty with Hermitage notes of blackberries, cassis, crushed rock, game, and burning embers. It has plenty of upfront, sexy fruit yet is concentrated, full-bodied, and deep on the palate, with abundant tannins. There are 456 cases of this beauty. Don’t miss a chance to buy a bottle. It needs 2-4 years of bottle age but is capable of evolving for 20-25 years.”

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Robert Parker: 93 Points for Les Varonniers, Rouge Crozes-Hermitage 2017

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Robert Parker Wine Advocate
awarded 93 points to Les Varonniers, Rouge Crozes-Hermitage 2017.

“Rich, concentrated and tannic, the 2017 Crozes Hermitage les Varonniers comes from a parcel of vines grown on the same granite in Hermitage as les Bessards, but it has a west-facing aspect. Dark plum and crushed-stone notes pick up hints of cassis and cedar shavings in this full-bodied, muscular red.”

– Joe Czerwinski