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2016 Bosquet des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Tradition

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October 17, 2021 - $46

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RATINGS

94Wine Enthusiast

Winsome notes of violet, fur and spice lend complexity to ripe black cherry and mulberry in this wine...fleshy and round on the palate but briskly balanced...finish extends on piquant hints of garrigue and lusciously ripe, integrated tannins.

93The Wine Advocate

Floral and raspberry notes emerge on the nose, while the palate is full-bodied but silky textured, ending on subtle shadings of Provence herbs and licorice.

93Jeb Dunnuck

Terrific notes of peppery garrigue, new leather, and sweet red and black fruits all give way to a silky, seamless, full-bodied Châteauneuf-du-Pape that has no hard edges and a great finish.

92Wine Spectator

Ripe and focused, with a beam of raspberry puree and plum compote that is carried by mouthwatering red licorice and singed apple wood notes...bright blast of tobacco and floral details run through the finish, with fresh acidity pulling the elements along.

92Vinous / IWC

Vibrant raspberry and floral scents... Juicy and energetic on the palate, offering open-knit red berry, cherry liqueur and spicecake flavors and a subtle floral nuance. Fine-grained tannins lend gentle grip to a long, smooth finish that leaves sappy red fruit and allspice notes behind.

16.5Jancis Robinson

Ripe and ready on the nose – cherry and raspberry fruit with a touch of marzipan. Fine, firm tannin and a little liquorice complexity on the finish. Smooth and soft. Nicely done.

REGION

France, Rhône Valley, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the appellation, is a large area of nearly 8,000 vineyard acres centered around the picturesque town of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Located in southeastern France just north of the Avignon hills, the name of the appellation means “new castle of the pope” and it is a reference to the 14th century, when the Popes of Avignon built summer homes in the Southern Rhone Valley. Today the appellation is one of the most renowned in France and its terroir is known for layers of small pebbles, called “galets.” The stones in the soil are thought to help store heat and keep the soil warm, which helps ripen the grapes. The stones also help keep the soil from drying out in hot summer months. In 1923 Châteauneuf-du-Pape was a leader in establishing the idea that AOC wines in France should be made only with specified grapes, and the appellation allowed 13 grape varieties to be used. Since then the rules have been slightly modified to include several more allowable grapes. Red and white wines are produced, though in practice about 97% of all Châteauneuf –du-Papes are reds made with a blend of Grenache Noir, Cinsault, Counoise, Mourvedre, Muscardine, Syrah and Vaccarese. The red wines of this appellation are prized for being big, rich, spicy and full-bodied. White wines of the appellation are made with Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Roussanne, Picpoul and Picardin. Whites are floral, fruity and relatively full-bodied.