Type: Red Wine Volume: 1500ml
Country: France Region: Southern Rhone
Ratings and Tasting Notes:(RP=94-96) The 2017 Ch?teauneuf du Pape Cuv?e R?serv?e hits the standard assemblage: 80% Grenache, 6% Syrah, 4% Mourv?dre and 10% ""others."" Still in cask at the time of my visit, it has expressive floral and garrigue notes, plus hints of star anise layered over a base of black cherries. Full-bodied, deep and rich, this looks like a vintage to set aside for a while, with at least 15 years of longevity ahead of it. (AG=93-94) Deep shimmering ruby. A highly perfumed nose displays scents of ripe red and dark berries, candied lavender, licorice, smoked meat and white pepper, and a building mineral overtone adds vivacity. Juicy and deeply concentrated yet lively as well, offering alluringly sweet cherry, black raspberry, spicecake and floral pastille flavors that spread out and become livelier with aeration. Closes youthfully chewy, sweet and extremely long, with slow-building tannins adding shape and solid grip. There's no Cuv?e Da Capo in 2017, incidentally.