2016 Bosquet des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape Tradition

Year: 2016
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 90-92
Jeb Dunnuck: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.0%
Price :
$44.95

"Ripe and focused, with a beam of raspberry puree and plum compote that is carried by mouthwatering red licorice and singed apple wood notes. A bright blast of tobacco and floral details run through the finish, with fresh acidity pulling the elements along. Best from 2020 through 2030. 5,000 cases made. -JM " (WS)

"A terrific example of this bottling, the 2016 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Tradition is a blend of 75% Grenache, 12% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah and tiny amounts of Cinsault, Counoise and Vaccarèse. About 40% was destemmed in this textbook vintage, the fruit coming from 40 different parcels around the appellation. Floral and raspberry notes emerge on the nose, while the palate is full-bodied but silky textured, ending on subtle shadings of Provence herbs and licorice. It's a relative bargain that's easy to drink now, but it should easily go a decade or more in a cool cellar.

At Bosquet des Papes, I tasted with the larger-than-life, fifth-generation owner, Nicolas Boiron. Standing out for his size and outgoing personality, he's a true character, not afraid to speak his mind. The Boiron family farms 27 hectares in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and five hectares in Côtes du Rhône, sold under the Domaine Nicolas Boiron label. Philippe Cambie has been a consultant since 2005. Boiron said 2017 is a very good year but with lower quantity. "There's more structure than in 2016," he said. The wines here seem to be going from strength to strength, with quality inching up nearly every vintage and prices still reasonable given the fairly large volumes involved. This is a property to buy from before pricing jumps." (WA)

"Vivid ruby-red. Highly perfumed aromas of fresh red berries, peppery spices and incense expand with air and pick up a smoky mineral aspect. Palate-caressing, appealingly sweet raspberry and spicecake flavors are joined by an exotic floral pastille quality that builds on the back half. Juicy, focused and lively in style, showing very good finishing clarity and smooth tannins that sneak up slowly." (VM)

"A true gem of a wine, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape checks in as 75% Grenache, 12% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah and the balance a mix of permitted varieties. This classic cuvée comes from a multitude of sites throughout the appellation and is partially destemmed and brought up in concrete tanks and demi-muids. Terrific notes of peppery garrigue, new leather, and sweet red and black fruits all give way to a silky, seamless, full-bodied Châteauneuf-du-Pape that has no hard edges and a great finish. The classic cuvées are so good in 2016, it makes you wonder if the more expensive special cuvées are worth it." (JD)