The 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape from Louis Bernard is a forward, sexy wine that's loaded with notions of black raspberries, melted licorice, earth, and spring flowers. It's ripe, medium to full-bodied, has plenty of fruit, and a good finish. It's just another terrific value from this estate. The blend is 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and the rest Mourvèdre, brought up all in concrete tanks.
The inky colored 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape from this terrific négociant gives up a ripe bouquet of blackcurrants, violets, ground pepper, and licorice. It's a rich, chewy, primordial barrel sample that has tons of richness and depth. It might even need a year of bottle age to come together and should keep for 7-8 years or more.
Just to be confusing, there is a sector of Saint-Aubin called Gamay. In fact it is planted with Chardonnay and produces accessible wine like this. Dominated by wood aging at this stage, this wine is ripe with yellow fruits that are balanced by the intense acidity. It is still young but will be delicious. Drink from 2022.
Ripe and focused, with warm boysenberry and plum coulis notes streaming through, laced with dried anise, tea and lavender details. Direct, showing good persistence. Grenache and Syrah. Drink now through 2028.
Jean-Charles Boisset’s team blends this wine from cinsault, grenache and syrah sourced from vineyards near Montagne St-Victoire. It’s a smooth rosé, with a corn-silk texture and sleek flavors to match. The notes of sage and aloe conjure up a warm, sunny feeling without conferring excess weight.