The 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape is a beautifully Provencal effort that gives up loads of black licorice, savory spice, leather and sweet black cherry aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied, elegant and already approachable, it nevertheless has the tannic structure and concentration to evolve for 10-15 years.
Drink Dates: 2015 - 2027
Author: Jeb Dunnuck
Vinous | Rating: 91
Deep ruby. Dark berries and cherry compote on the nose, with a touch of smoky herbs in the background. Round and velvety in texture, offering pliant bitter cherry and blackberry flavors and a hint of dark chocolate. Plush, broad and very fruity, finishing with lingering sweetness and supple tannins.
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Jan 2014
Wine Spectator | Rating: 92
Dark but perfumy, with black tea and warm ganache notes followed by silky plum, fig and blackberry fruit flavors. A long echo of licorice snap lines the finish. Best from 2015 through 2025. 56 cases imported. — JM