International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95(93% mourvedre, 5% grenache and the rest a mix of the permitted white varieties, all from La Crau): Inky purple. Blackberry, blueberry and candied licorice on the expressive nose, with sexy Moroccan spice and floral notes that build with air. Deeply pitched black and blue fruit liqueur flavors expand with air and pick up spicecake and candied violet notes. The endless, sweet finish is lush and creamy and lingers with intense floral and licorice character. This is a new project of the Maurel brothers of Clos St. Jean, Sine Qua Non's Manfred Krankl and enologist Philippe Cambie and this is the first release. Subsequent wines bearing this name could come from Chateauneuf but there will |definitely be some wines made in California, maybe sooner, maybe later|, Krankl told me.Author: Josh RaynoldsIssue: January/February 2012
Wine Advocate | Rating: 98Another amazing offering is the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Chimere, a blend of 93% Mourvedre, 5% Grenache and the rest white varietals. Packaged in a distinctive Italian glass bottle, this inky/purple-colored 2010 exhibits notes of blueberries, charcoal, roasted herbs and scorched earth. The complex aromas are followed by a full-bodied, super intense, young, unevolved wine that was bottled April 26, 2012, but still resembles a barrel sample. As the wine sits in the glass, aromas of blueberries, licorice and graphite emerge. While the tannins are sweet, they are abundant. This remarkable effort came from one 300-liter foudre. Forget it for 4-5 years and drink it over the following 3 decades. By the way, it is about 16% natural alcohol so it is actually less powerful than the 2011. Kudos to Manfred Krankl, Pascal and Vincent Maurel, and Philippe Cambie for this remarkable effort.Author: Robert Parker
While the is known mostly for single-varietal wines from or , the is known for complex blends. , for example, allows up to 13 different varieties in a blend leaving winemakers ample room to experiment. This variation makes it almost impossible to describe a typical Rhône blend. Regardless of style, the common goal of these winemakers is to manage high tannin and alcohol levels in order to produce a balanced wine.
The most widely planted variety, , dominates most Rhône blends and adds concentrated spiced red fruit flavors with cinnamon, raspberry, and tobacco characteristics. and Mourvèdre add color and tannin, with Syrah contributing aromas of blueberry, pepper, and bacon while Mourvèdre adds dense black fruit flavors and gamey and meaty aromas. Cinsault provides red fruit flavor. For the best expression of this complex blend turn to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and classic producers like , , or .
Many New-World wine regions, particularly in and , have adopted this winemaking method. The best examples come from producers , , and .
The complexity and spice-forward flavor profile of Rhône blends pair best with herb-roasted turkey, pork chops, a range of cheeses, or spiced vegetables.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 36 bottles owned
- 26 collectors