2016 Domaine de la Charbonniere Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Mourre des Perdrix

Year: 2016
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 94
Wine Advocate: 94-96
Vinous Media: 93
James Suckling: 94
Jeb Dunnuck: 94-96
Wine Enthusiast: 96
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 16.0%
Price :
$49.95

"Dark, featuring fig and blackberry preserve flavors, this delivers a dense and steeped feel but also throws off beguiling perfume, ending with warm anise, incense and black tea notes on the structured finish. Rock-solid. Best from 2022 through 2037. 1,080 cases made, 100 cases imported. -JM" (WS)

"The 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Mourre des Perdrix was scheduled to be bottled two days after my visit, so the sample was drawn from the final blend. Although I expect it will close down a bit after bottling, it was singing when I tasted it, featuring red raspberries and cherries, floral and spice notes and a plump, velvety texture. Just delicious stuff.

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)

"Bright violet. Mineral-accented dark berry and violet qualities on the deeply perfumed nose. Shows very good breadth as well as energy on the palate, offering sappy boysenberry, black raspberry and spicecake flavors that are complemented by musky herb, floral pastille and licorice nuances. Finishes smoky, smooth and very long, with repeating dark fruit and floral notes and youthful tannic grip." (VM)

"Darker fruit makes for a compelling and flavorsome impression. Ripe, blood plums are laced with mocha oak on the nose and palate. Convincing and long. The purity of fruit seals the finish in style. Drink or hold." (JS)

"Slightly deeper colored, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Mourre des Perdrix comes from the sandy soils not far from the domaine and is 70% Grenache and 15% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre. It's incredibly elegant and nuanced, with smoking notes of black raspberries, cherries, dried flowers, incense, and loamy soils aromas and flavors. Deep and silky, with beautiful purity, it has ripe tannin, no hard edges, and a great finish. It should be bottled by the time this report is published and is a candidate for the finest vintage of the cuvée to date.

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)

"Intensely ripe layers of blackberry and cherry mingle into coffee, anise and earth in this deeply fruity yet nuanced wine. It's full bodied and lusciously textured but framed by firm, gripping tannins that should meld better by 2021. Bold, explosive fruit is appealing now but should gain finesse through 2036 and likely hold further. -Anna Lee C. Iijima" (WE)

Winery Notes:
WHY WE LOVE IT:
A single 22 acre parcel, this evocatively named cuvée, named Mourre des Perdrix, is a specific terroir composed of sands, pebbles and safres.
This type of soil gives floral, fruity and feminine wine, with blackberry and forest floor on the nose and a delightful silky palate.

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 kept 25% whole clusters in this Cuvée. The vinification has be done in tronconic oak vats. The alcoholic fermentation lasts 4 to 5 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 continues in oak vats and in demi-muids

Tasting Notes:
Notes of raspberry, ground laurel, garrigue and butterscotch. The mouth is very elegant with velvety tannins and a long dark berries & licorice finish.