2016 Domaine de la Charbonniere Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Domaine

Year: 2016
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 94
Wine Advocate: 91+
Vinous Media: 92
James Suckling: 93
Jeb Dunnuck: 92
Wine Enthusiast: 94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.5%
Price :
$36.95
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2019 WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100: #30

"Features the dense, dark, ripe profile of the vintage, with a core of steeped currant, fig and boysenberry fruit, supported by a dense structure, notes of dark earth, tobacco and bitter cocoa, and a long finish that ripples with latent energy. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Best from 2023 through 2037. 2,400 cases made, 500 cases imported. -JM" (WS)

"The recently bottled (three weeks before my visit) 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape was surprisingly open. It features delightfully ripe Grenache fruit that hints at stone fruit and milk chocolate, ample weight on the plate and a supple, easygoing personality. It should drink well for the next decade.

Only the entry-level 2016 Chateauneuf-du-Pape had been bottled at the time of my visit, so most of the ratings for the wines of this domaine are still preliminary. That said, the final blends for the top cuvées had been made, and they were slated to be bottled the following week, so I'm reasonably confident they will turn out as predicted. Don't neglect the wines being produced from the family's 20 hectares in the Sarrians sector of Vacqueyras, which boasts clay-and-galets soils not dissimilar from certain parts of Châteauneuf-du-Pape." (WA)

"Shimmering ruby-red. Powerful aromas of raspberry, cherry liqueur and succulent flowers are joined by baking spice and mineral elements that build in the glass. Lively, spice-laced red berry and bitter cherry flavors display excellent clarity and minerally lift. Finishes with impressive energy, the silky tannins adding subtle grip to lingering berry and floral notes." (VM)

"This has impeccable richness and ripeness, packed with dark berries and delivered in a seamless, dynamic palate. Long and delicious Châteauneuf here. Drink or hold." (JS)

"Tasted out of bottle, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a beautiful wine from this team that exudes elegance. Black raspberries, garrigue, flowers, and incense notes all give way to a medium to full-bodied, silky, beautifully balanced red that has sweet tannin and a great finish. This classic cuvée is 70% Grenache and 15% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre, mostly destemmed and aged in barrel and stainless steel.

This fantastic, family-run estate is now firmly in the hands of sisters Caroline and Veronique Maret, yet they continue to receive help from their parents Mireille and Michel Maret and consultant Philippe Cambie. Looking at their Châteauneuf-du-Pape releases, they produce four cuvées: the Tradition, Mourre des Perdrix, Vieilles Vignes, and the Les Hautes Brusquières. The traditional cuvée comes from all the estate’s holdings and is typically a blend of 70% Grenache and 15% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre. It’s mostly destemmed and brought up in older barrels and stainless steel. It’s certain a terrific introduction into the style of the estate. The Mourre des Perdrix comes from more sandy soils just behind the estate and is the same blend as the classic cuvée. This cuvée is always the most seamless and elegant in the lineup. The Vieilles Vignes comes from the oldest vines of the estate and the pebbly soils of the La Crau lieu-dit. Based on 95% Grenache or more, with the balance Mourvèdre, it’s always the most structured, tannic, and masculine of the three special cuvées. Lastly, the Les Hautes Brusquières comes from the Brusquières plateau in the northern portion of the appellation and is a 60/40 split of Grenache and Syrah that’s destemmed and aged in a mix of foudre and barrels. This cuvée is generally the most opulent and full-bodied in the lineup, and while approachable in its youth, is capable of keeping for upward of two decades." (JD)

"Fresh violet, black-cherry and bramble notes perfume this supple, concentrated blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. It's opulent but freshly composed rather than dense and brooding. Tannins are ripe but persistent and should meld beautifully through 2030. -Anna Lee C. Iijima" (WE)

Winery Notes:
WHY WE LOVE IT:
This Cuvée is a blend of the smallest parcels around the estate.

This first Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge is a model of balance and purity of fruit.

Varietal Composition:
70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre

Elaboration:
Enormous care is taken at harvest time. It is done in a traditional method: hand-picked harvest with a selective sorting of grapes in the vineyard and at the cellar (by using a sorting table), which are proofs of quality. We desteemed and fermented in conical wood vat and stainless steel vats. The alcoholic fermentation lasts 3 to 4 weeks with different operations : A release, punching of the cap and pumping over. The malolactic fermentation is made in demi-muids and oak vats. Elevage is done in conical wood vat, stainless steels vats with a mix of demi-muid and some barrels for aging.

Tasting Notes:
Offering a complex nose with hints of crushed raspberry, licorice and graphite.The mouth is round with an excellent balance and a nice finish.