2016 Domaine la Consonniere Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Year: 2016
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 93
Jeb Dunnuck: 93
Wine Enthusiast: 96
Red Wine
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"Domaine La Consonnière's 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape is a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvèdre raised partially in concrete and partly in demi-muids. It hints at horse blanket and liniment on the nose, which gives it a bit of rustic authenticity but strikes a fine balance between red cherries and berries and gentle peppery notes on the long, silky finish. It should drink well for a decade or more." (WA)

"Moving to the Châteauneuf-du-Pape releases, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a beauty and offers a full-bodied, rich, yet elegant profile that’s very much in the style of the vintage. Lots of dark fruits, garrigue, sandalwood and cedary characteristics, terrific purity, sweet tannin, and a great finish all make for a traditional blockbuster cuvée that can be drunk today or cellared for a decade.

This estate prefers a longer élevage, which I’ve not been a fan of in the past. Nevertheless, the latest releases show more sweetness of fruit and texture, and are the finest I’ve tasted from them." (JD)

"Exuberance and freshness combine with flair in this concentrated blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvèdre sourced from sandy soils. It's intoxicating on the nose, suggesting fresh strawberry marked by truffle and fur. Palate-quenching mulberry and black-cherry flavors are framed by fine, velvet tannins and lingering complexities of earth and barnyard. Gorgeous already it is nuanced enough to improve through 2040. -Anna Lee C. Iijima" (WE)