Chateauneuf du Pape 2017 Round One
Comments on the producers and the vintage by Vinous Media’s Josh Raynolds
CLOS DES PAPES
The good news for 2017 is that the Mourvèdre, which is a big player at the domaine, according to Vincent, “was amazing, as good as we have seen in years.”
Fabre told me that he has set a very clear and, admittedly, ambitious goal, which is “to be at the very top of the ladder in the region, no matter what it takes.” …2017 is shaping up to be a knockout as well.
Longtime fans of this domaine, which owns just 10 hectares of Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the northern sector at the border with Orange, should be more than happy with the superb 2017
Châteauneuf-du-Pape fans will find plenty to like from 2017… The growing season presented its share of challenges, and yet the best wines are compelling.
Generally speaking, 2017 is shaping up to be a hypothetical blend of the two vintages that preceded it. The wines show lots of the richness of the 2016s along with some of the structure that marks the 2015s. It is unquestionably a high-quality year for the region, and a number of wines that I’ve tasted can compete with the same producers’ 2016s and ’15s, if in a somewhat darker guise. JOSH RAYNOLDS
2017 In the South is proving to be one of the more upfront and enjoyable years since perhaps the 2009s. It is a year where the fruit profiles are darker, there is a more powerful framework and richer mouthfeel to many. From what I have seen so far it shares many characters with their 09s in their riper, more upfront personalities but they aren’t overripe or lacking freshness and lift like the 2003s.
Overall I think it is a vintage that offers huge mass appeal in the early phase of their life but that also lack nothing in the requisite structure to ensure they will develop well and unfold nicely with proper time. In the most positive way these are wines to be drinking while you are waiting for your 2016s to mature. They are full of character with wonderfully enticing aromatics, gorgeously fruited and mouth filling wines that offer drinkers and abundance of immediate pleasure.
The first instalment of our annual Chateauneuf du Pape offer includes three of the very best. Mont-Redon is going through a startling transformation at the moment, transforming from a reliable and accessible producer in to one of the regions most formidable estates. The changes are distinct and remarkable.
Charvin remains one of the regions most loved domaines with a horde of fans who chase down these wines for their unhindered and vineyard derived expressions. Pure and gorgeous CNDP that deserves the attention it gets.
Lastly but far from the least is the iconic Clos des Papes, one of the regions reference point estates renowned for their textural and seductive wine that has earned its reputation as being one of the most long lived and luxurious bottlings of the region.
It’s a star studded start to the 2017 offering with plenty for every fan of the region and great red wine in general.
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