2016 Domaine de la Charbonniere Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Vieilles Vignes, Rhone, France - 1.5L Magnum
$149.99 USD $166.99 USD
Turning to the darker side of the fruit spectrum, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Vieilles Vignes veers toward black cherries, cola and spice. It's full-bodied, rich and velvety, but it takes a different tack than the more open and charming Les Hautes Brusquières bottling. It should drink well for close to two decades. They're the twins you might've fantasized about, one bright and bubbly, the other brooding and mysterious. And you can have both. (JC)
96-98 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Veins of smoke, pepper and clove penetrate powerful black plum and mulberry flavors in this wine. It's exuberantly rich yet avoids feeling brooding or brawny. A blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Mourvèdre, it's brightened by fresh acidity and tense, gripping tannins. Although already inviting for its forward, juicy demeanor, it's structured enough to improve through 2040 and hold further.
97 Points Wine Enthusiast