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2016 Chapelle St. Theodoric Châteauneuf-du-Pape Le Grand Pin, 1.5ltr

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RATINGS

95Wine Enthusiast

Crisp boysenberry and black cherry are edged by bramble and sun-baked garrigue in this richly concentrated Grenache...luscious and mouthfilling yet glossy like silk. Freshly balanced yet penetrating with fruit.

95-97Jeb Dunnuck

Rayas-like notes of rose petals, strawberries, and Asian spices all flow to a full-bodied, incredibly silky 2016...sensational juice!

94-96The Wine Advocate

Rosemary and pine notes accent dark fruit in this wine... Boysenberry notes flood the full-bodied palate, bringing a smooth, velvety feel on the long, slightly warm finish.

93-95Vinous / IWC

Ripe red berries, Asian spices and potpourri on the highly expressive, mineral-accented nose. Juicy, sharply focused raspberry and bitter cherry flavors show excellent precision and vivacity, and a hint of white pepper contributes cut. Steadily becomes sweeter on a clean, seamless and wonderfully persistent finish that's given shape by silky, harmonious tannins.

92+ John Gilman

...offers up vibrancy and precision in its complex bouquet of raspberries, pepper, smoked game, a beautiful base of soil tones, garrigue and a topnote of lavender...deep, full-bodied and beautifully structured, with superb depth at the core, excellent soil signature, ripe, firm tannins and just a whisper of heat perking up the long and complex finish.

16Jancis Robinson

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.