Don’t miss out on Chateauneuf-du-Pape season!

May meant more than lengthening days, blooming flowers, and the Indy 500. May also meant the new vintage of Chateauneuf-du-Pape arrived! There are some real standouts among this year’s offerings, which were all bottled in 2015. Winemakers in the Southern Rhone called 2015 a “power vintage, the vintage as a whole was rated 97/100 by Wine Spectator. The only downside is that, like all great things in this world, there is a limited supply of these wines. Check out the notes below to see some of our favorites, then give us a call or pop in to secure a bottle or two for yourself.

Vieux Telegraph Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2015 – $89.99
95 points Wine Spectator, 95 points James Suckling, 94 points Wine Advocate
“This has a lovely, perfumy mix of savory mint, tobacco, blood orange, cherry and bergamot notes, with finely beaded acidity and silky but ample structure. Long, mineral- and shiso leaf–infused finish. Best from 2020 through 2035.” – WS

Domaine de Boursan Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2015 – $48.99
91 points Wine Cellar Insider
“Incense and dark cherries pop from the start. Fresh and juicy, with a blast of garrigue and olive, to complicate the dark cherries in the finish. The wine was made using 75% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, 3% Cinsault and 2% Counoise.” -WC

Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2015 – $99.99
95 points Wine Advocate
“The 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reservee (scheduled to be bottled November 46189802017) is a very fine, elegant example of Châteauneuf du Pape. Garrigue and violet notes spring forth on the nose, followed by layers of spice, hints of leather and black cherry fruit. It feels lithe and delicate for a full-bodied wine, with a long, silky finish.” -WA

Domaine Chante Cigale Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2015 – $48.99
94 points Wine Advocate
“One surprise to emerge from this blind tasting was the super performance of Chante Cigale’s 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape. This full-bodied blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre and 5% Cinsault boasts wonderfully supple, creamy tannins, raspberry and cherry fruit, and a dusting of cinnamon and allspice on the long, dusty finish. Bravo! (JC) Another rising star, the young Alexander Favier continues to release deep, rich and concentrated Châteauneuf du Papes that have beautiful purity of fruit as well as classic Southern Rhône characters. The 2015s across the board look to be outstanding wines.” – WA

Delas Haute Pierre Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2015 – $49.99
94 points Wine Advocate:
“The star of Delas Frères’ Southern Rhône portfolio is the company’s 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Haute Pierre. It follows up pretty scents of raspberries and peaches with ample weight, rich tannins and a creamy mid-palate. Red fruit and spice notes build in intensity on the long, firm finish.” – WA

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