This Côtes du Rhône, from a plot of vines located just outside Châteauneuf-du-Pape, is a terrific achievement in a challenging vintage. Hints of garrigue, black olive and cocoa add nuance to the ample black cherry fruit, while the finish of this full-bodied wine shows enough grip and astringency to warrant short-term cellaring. Drink 2019–2025.
What looks to be a beautiful Côtes du Rhône (which should be no surprise coming from this estate), the Côtes du Rhône Les Champauvins checks in as a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, from rolled pebble soils, that was aged in stainless steel (Grenache) and in barrel (Syrah and Mourvedre.) Giving up lots of roasted Provençal herbs, garrigue, pepper and currant-like fruit, it is medium to full-bodied, ripe and nicely textured, with impressive purity of fruit. It has outstanding potential and will have a decade of overall longevity.
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