Domaine de la Charbonniere Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Vieilles Vignes 2017 - Stirling Fine Wines
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Domaine de la Charbonniere Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Vieilles Vignes 2017
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Domaine de la Charbonniere Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Vieilles Vignes 2017

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Category Red Wine
Varietals
Region France, Rhone, Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Brand Domaine de la Charbonniere
Alcohol/vol 15.5%
Old vines offer restricted yields and vigor while concentrating energy on the grapes. This is evident here as the wine showcases intense red and black fruits, underbrush, roasted aromas and spice.
Wine Advocate
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Verging on surmaturité, the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Vieilles Vignes turns the volume up to 11, yet I couldn't help but be captivated by its nuance at the same time. Immensely concentrated raspberries, cherries and a hint of dark chocolate emerge on the nose of this blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Mourvèdre, joined by hints of Asian five spice and salted licorice. From the lieux-dits of la Crau (sud) and Cristia, it's full-bodied and hugely powerful (16% alcohol), yet it retains a sense of freshness and elegance on the long, silky-textured finish. Wow!

Joe Czerwinski, August 30, 2019
Jeb Dunnuck
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The 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape Cuvée Vieilles Vignes checks in as 90% Grenache and 10% Mourvèdre and it comes mostly from the La Crau lieu-dit, with a smaller amount from the Cristia lieu-dit (which isn't far from where the domaine is located). Classic notes of kirsch liqueur, crushed rocks, spice, and incense all emerge from the glass, and it has a rich, structured, full-bodied style that's going to benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age. Nevertheless, it shows the Provençal, classic style of this great vintage.

August 16, 2019