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Château Mont-Redon Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2018 / 750 ml.

Item #: 57424

SP9393 pts. - Wine Spectator - Feb 28, 2022
Dark and winey, with waves of ganache, steeped plum, blackberry reduction and melted black licorice rolling through. The finish is scored with warm earth and smoldering tobacco notes, showing ample grip for the cellar. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Counoise, Muscardin, Vaccarèse and Cinsault. Best from 2023 through 2036. 18,300 cases made, 1,500 cases imported.
JD9393 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 10/6/2020
The base wine, the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape has a healthy ruby/purple color to go with its classic Southern Rhône notes of ripe red and black fruits, lots of earthy garrigue, some ground pepper, and a touch of minerality. All this carries over to the palate, where the wine is medium to full-bodied and beautifully balanced, with a great mid-palate and sweet tannins. It certainly shows the upfront, charming style of the vintage, but I love its mid-palate, it’s beautifully balanced, and is just a seriously classy wine from this estate, which deserves more recognition today. Enjoy bottles any time over the coming 15 years or more. (Jeb Dunnuck)
VN9393 pts. - Vinous - Oct 2021
Deep, shimmering ruby. Powerful red and dark berry scents are complemented by exotic spice, garrigue and floral nuances. Sappy and densely packed, offering juicy raspberry, cherry preserve, licorice and fruitcake flavors underscored by a vein of juicy acidity. Gently chewy tannins build steadily on an impressively long, penetrating finish that leaves behind lavender and juicy cherry notes.
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Primary Grape: Grenache

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Maison du Midi Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2020 / 750 ml.

Item #: 57459

JD90+90–92 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 11/8/2021
The 2020 Châteauneuf Du Pape is downright classy, with impressive darker berry fruits as well as peppery garrigue and spice-driven aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, it has wonderful purity, ripe, polished tannins, and a great finish. (Jeb Dunnuck)
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Primary Grape: Grenache

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JD95+95–97 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 12/14/2020
Also pure Southern Rhône goodness, the 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape Vieilles Vignes has classy notes of red and blue fruits, candied orange, flowers, peppery garrigue, and loads of Asian spices. Beautifully textured, silky, and elegant on the palate, it has wonderful tannins, a notable sense of freshness, and a great, great finish. (Jeb Dunnuck)
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Primary Grape: Grenache

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St. Antonin Châteauneuf du Pape

2020 / 750 ml.

Item #: 58292

JD9595 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 11/11/2022
Lastly, the 2020 Châteauneuf du Pape is a huge success in the vintage, and while it shows the softer, more supple style of the vintage, it doesn’t lack depth, density, or complexity. Black raspberries, spring flowers, lit gunpowder, and peppery garrigue all give way to a medium to full-bodied, flawlessly balanced 2020 that’s already hard to resist. This cuvée always shines for its elegance, and the 2020 is no exception. (Jeb Dunnuck)
JD91+91–93 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 11/3/2021
The 2020 Châteauneuf Du Pape, which is still resting in foudre, is primarily Grenache from the sandy portion of the La Crau lieu-dit (although it now also includes grapes from a new parcel in the northern part of the appellation). Kirsch, flowers, spice, and peppery garrigue notes all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, nicely structured 2020 that’s going to benefit from 2–3 years of bottle age. It’s clearly an outstanding bottle of wine in the making. (Jeb Dunnuck)
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SP9393 pts. - Wine Spectator - Web only – 2022
A captivating red, with cherry, incense, red tea, anise and fresh raspberry flavors that show density and polish on the palate, with a subtle note of apple wood smoke in the background. Reveals graphite shavings that give the palate a firming edge, with good energy through the finish. Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault. Drink now through 2032. 1,600 cases made, 280 cases imported. (Kristen Bieler)
RP92+92–94 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 5th May 2022
Very flattering to taste, even at this early stage, the 2020 Chateauneuf du Pape les Olivets boasts layered, nuanced aromas of fresh flowers and ripe raspberries. Full-bodied and rich, yet silky, this blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Cinsault and 10% Syrah finishes long, with just a touch of warmth. It looks like a delicious CdP for early drinking. (Joe Czerwinski)
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Chateauneuf on a budget | WineMadeEasy.com

There is still value to be had in the Southern Rhone in Châteauneuf-du-Pape of all places. Drinkable now, but put a few of these wines aside as they will take on added depth and complexity in the future, without breaking the bank.

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