Chateauneuf du Pape 2015

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Tasting Notes

Bottled in May, the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape is a floral, elegant, unbelievably complex wine. Roses and violets, cherries and stone fruit, cinnamon and allspice and more are carried across the full-bodied yet almost weightless palate, finishing in a swirl of silky tannins and lingering spice. Drink it over the next two decades.

Score: 97

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2017-2035 31 October 2017

Tasted on three separate occasions, the 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape from Paul-Vincent is a classic, elegant, and incredibly complex style of wine reminiscent of a Grand Cru Red Burgundy (Chambolle-Musigny?). Black raspberries, blueberries, incense, pine resin, dried orange and exotic floral notes give way to a medium to full-bodied, ethereally textured 2015 that has moderate tannin, beautiful purity, and a seamless finish. I compared this to an improved 2005 last year when I tasted it from barrel, but I’m not sure that comparison holds today, and I struggle to come up with another similar vintage. Nevertheless, this is a beautiful wine that should be at its best from 2020-2030+.

Score: 95

Jeb Dunnuck, Maturity: 2020-2030+ 19 October 2017

The 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape is reminiscent of a slightly improved 2005 and has a fresh, classic style with beautiful concentration, notable freshness, first-rate tannin quality, and the classic spice and sweet red and black fruits this cuvee is known for. I suspect this beauty will close down relatively quickly after bottling and take 5-6 years to show at its best, but it will drink well for 15+ years.

Score: 94 - 96

Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2020-2036+ 28 October 2016

This offers a drop-dead gorgeous core of cassis and raspberry pâte de fruit flavors that hold center stage but still allow notes of Lapsang souchong tea, anise, incense and shiso leaf to chime in. Very long, with a sublime feel through the mineral-tinged finish. So seductive already, but this should cruise in the cellar. Drink now through 2040.

Score: 98

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator Maturity: 2017-2040 01 October 2017

Possible final blend 1: 50% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 10-12% Syrah and then the rest from a seven-year-old foudre. Serious stuff. Less expressive on the nose but sweet and spicy - and with lots of structure - on the end. Sweet and fruity, it is tamed by the tannins. Light and lively on palate but with masses of tannin. About 14.8%. 18 Drink 2025-42 Possible final blend 2: 50% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 10-12% Syrah and then the rest from a 30-year-old foudre. Much more haunting bouquet than from the young foudre. Savoury - sweet and salt - and with lots of mushroom interest. Rounder tannins. 18.5 Drink 2024-40

Score: 18

Jancis Robinson MW, Maturity: 2025-2042 18 October 2016