Sourced from the lieux-dits of Les Brusquières and Cabrières, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Prestige is a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre and 5% other varieties. Tasted blind, it's a big, full-bodied, lush wine. Powered by bold cherry and stone fruit, it shows hints of pepper and clove complexity, plus vibrant citrus zest notes on the long, electric finish. Wow.
Crème de cassis, olive tapenade, smoked herbs, and licorice notes all emerge from this remarkably pure, seamless, gorgeously refined and elegant Châteauneuf-du-Pape...has a multi-dimensional texture, and a layered, elegant style that just begs to be drunk.
Intense, with a racy and focused beam of raspberry coulis, cherry preserve and blackberry paste flavors driving through, laced with mouthwatering anise, black tea and singed apple wood notes. The long, graphite-edged finish shows terrific energy.
Intensely ripe mulberry and plum flavors...whiffs of smoke, cinnamon and pepper in this powerhouse...muscular and brooding but maintains a freshness on the midpalate marked by pert acidity and finely edged tannins.
Red berry liqueur, lavender and incense scents, along with hints of allspice and smoky minerals. Silky and seamless in the mouth, offering sappy raspberry, cherry, spicecake and floral pastille flavors... Smoothly balances richness and finesse and finishes with bright, mineral-driven persistence, sneaky tannins and strong persistence.
Straightforward black fruit on the nose, then firm tannic fuzz and medium body.