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2016 Bosquet des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape La Folie

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September 24, 2023 - $73



99Jeb Dunnuck

...bouquet of black cherry liqueur, blackberries, crushed rocks, and pepper garrigue gives way to a full-bodied, incredibly polished, seamless Grenache. This beauty does everything right and possesses a vibrant, sexy texture, no hard edges, and a blockbuster finish.

97The Wine Advocate

Mocha cedar notes mark the nose at this early age, while the flavors resemble caramelized cherries and baking spices. Full-bodied, rich, creamy and undeniably plush, it's still recognizable as Châteauneuf-du-Pape, showing velvety hints of chocolate on the long finish.

95Vinous / IWC

A hugely perfumed bouquet evokes ripe cherries, black currants, incense and exotic spices, and a sexy floral topnote builds steadily as the wine opens up. Stains the palate with alluringly sweet red and dark berry preserve, floral pastille and spicecake flavors that show a compelling blend of richness and energy. Velvety tannins build steadily through the impressively long, spicy finish...

95Wine Enthusiast

...notes of smoke, char and caramel as well as fiery black cherry and currant in this wine.Plummy and richly concentrated, it's balanced by kicks of pepper and a firm, granitic undertone.

17Jancis Robinson

Freshly baked black fruit on the nose – really heavyweight and uncompromising in flavour intensity. Broad-shouldered structure, but has the fruit power to match, and there's a nice lingering floral quality to the finish.


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.