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2016 Domaine La Milliere Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Bessade

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RATINGS

97Wine Enthusiast

Opulent black-cherry and mulberry flavors... Vibrantly fruity yet unctuous and concentrated, this full-bodied wine offers buoyance and silkiness edged by bold, mouth-dampening tannins.

93Vinous / IWC

Deeply perfumed blackberry, cherry cola and spicecake scents are complemented by hints of succulent flowers and garrigue. Round, deeply concentrated cherry cola, dark berry preserve and lavender pastille flavors show impressive and downright surprising energy for their heft. Finishes minerally, sweet and very long, leaving sappy dark berry and floral pastille notes behind.

91-93+ Jeb Dunnuck

Plums, blueberries, violets, and pepper all emerge from this ripe, powerful red that has good acidity, ripe tannin, and a good finish.

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.