2017 Domaine Santa Duc Chateauneuf-du-Pape Habemus Papam

Year: 2017
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 94
Vinous Media: 93-94
Jeb Dunnuck: 91-93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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"Features a pure beam of raspberry and red currant coulis racing through, flecked with rooibos tea, mineral, lavender and violet notes. A mineral edge gives this a mouthwatering thread through the fruit. Best from 2021 through 2035. 400 cases made, 200 cases imported. -JM" (WS)

"A blend of several small parcels, this was my first chance to taste the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Habemus Papam out of bottle. It lives up to the high expectations I had for it out of foudre, combining lively red-berried fruit with silky-textured tannins. Raspberries and garrigue, dried spices and fine leather notes all feature on the nose and linger on the finish, while the palate is medium to full-bodied, yet virtually weightless at the same time.

This prominent Gigondas estate owns several small parcels in Chateauneuf du Pape, three of which are bottled separately. Young Benjamin Gras believes in a lengthy elevage, so this was a first chance to see the 2017s out of bottle, as well as the newly bottled 2018s. Unfortunately, there was no 2018 La Crau Ouest produced (mildew). " (WA)

"Glistening magenta. Ripe red berries, candied flowers, licorice and white pepper on the pungent nose; a smoky mineral flourish adds vivacity. Juicy and energetic on the palate, offering sweet cherry, raspberry preserve and floral pastille flavors that spread out and deepen on the back half. Closes silky, sweet and impressively long, with slow-building tannins adding shape and subtle grip." (VM)

"Coming from two different parcels and a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah, the 2017 Ch√Ęteauneuf-du-Pape Habemus Papam is another elegant, seamless wine. Black cherries, lavender, exotic pepper, and hints of garrigue all emerge from this medium to full-bodied effort that shines for its fresh, classic character." (JD)