- Item #: i_349978Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 96Jeb Dunnuck: 95 PointsWINE SPECTATOR 96 POINTS: This has an intense core of crushed plum, raspberry and boysenberry fruit flavors, draped with melted licorice notes and backed by a wave of warm fruitcake. Hedonistic for sure, but accents of anise, violet and singed apple wood dart around, adding extra facets of intrigue to hold your attention. Grenache and Mourvèdre.
JEB DUNNUCK 95 POINTS: The 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Renaissance is a gem and as always is a 60/40 split of Grenache and Mourvèdre brought up in demi-muids and smaller barrels (one-third new). Blackcurrants, blackberries, wine marinade, licorice, and pepper all emerge from this opulent, incredibly sexy beauty that has full-bodied richness, sweet tannin and more mid-palate depth and richness than most. It’s going to need 3-4 years of cellaring to hit its stride and last for 15+. (10/2017)
- Item #: i_351741Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 95-97Wine Spectator: 96Jeb Dunnuck: 98-100 PointsJEB DUNNUCK 97-100 POINTS - "Made with close to 50% stems (the highest in a while) and brought up in foudre and demi-muids (20% new), the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Chaupin sports deep ruby/purple color as well as sensational notes of kirsch liqueur, black raspberries, crushed flowers, crushed rocks, and incense. Just a huge, rich, unctuous wine, it offers everything you could want from Grenache and is certainly going to challenge the 2007 and 2010 as the greatest expression of this terroir to date. "
WINE ADVOCATE 95-97 POINTS - "Tasted from a single foudre representing the La Crau Est lieu-dit, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Chaupin comes across as even richer and creamier than the 2015, yet with brighter acids and similar spice. Red fruit lingers, morphing toward chocolate as the finish goes on and on. Christophe Sabon describes the 2015s as well balanced and says, "They're not as intense as '16 or '10, but very interesting." He says he's aiming to achieve balance between power, elegance and ripe tannins. For me, the 2015s fit these criteria well at this estate. He adds, "To keep Grenache alone, you must be on sandy soils." Those, of course, are the basis for the family's Cuvée Chaupin and their new Châteauneuf-du-Pape from Clos Saint Antontin."
WINE SPECTATOR 95 POINTS - "Delightful plum, raspberry and blackberry compote flavors form the core, with racy, graphite-edged structure running underneath. Dark anise and tobacco notes check in throughout. The long finish lets the fruit linger."
- Item #: i_351137Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 93-95Wine Spectator: 95Jeb Dunnuck: 95 PointsWINE ADVOCATE 93-95 POINTS - "A prospective blend of Vieux Donjon's 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape looked particularly strong. At 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah and the balance Mourvèdre and Cinsault, it reflects the vintage's poor fruit set in the Grenache and the strength of the Mourvèdre. It shows amazingly fresh, floral notes, bright strawberry and raspberry fruit, matched by full body, ample richness and length."
JEB DUNNUCK 93-95 POINTS - "The 2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape won’t match the 2016, yet nevertheless, it’s a beautiful, elegant, classic wine. Garrigue, pepper, assorted dark fruits, and lavender notes all emerge from this balanced, medium to full-bodied effort that shines for its purity and elegance. It will come into its own with just short-term cellaring and keep for 10-15 years. Domaine Vieux Donjon is another reference point estate for classic, traditionally made Châteauneuf-du-Pape. These rich, powerful wines are simply loaded with Provençal aromas and flavors of meaty black fruits, spice, and garrigue. Traditional Châteauneuf-du-Pape rarely gets better."
- Item #: i_345478Bottle Size: 750MLJeb Dunnuck: 97 Points"The recent releases are among the best Paul Jaboulet Aine wines ever produced." - The Wine Advocate
"Gorgeous, deep, layered, and incredibly satisfying." - Jeb Dunnuck
"Plush, broad and deeply concentrated, displaying black and blue fruit, licorice and mocha flavors." - Josh Reynolds
Does Syrah from the Northern Rhone get much better than this? Perhaps if you spend hundreds of dollars, but at this price-point it's tough to beat. Jaboulet's 2015 Domaine de Thalabert comes from an historic vineyard considered the benchmark for Crozes-Hermitage and produces exceptional Syrah. In tasting this wine, we were struck by the concentration of fruit and excellent mid-palate depth of the dark fruit flavors. Jeb Dunnuck also loved this wine and gave it a score of 97 Points, calling it "full-bodied, gorgeously textured and seamless."
This wine comes from the oldest vineyard in the appellation of Crozes Hermitage and is located in the shadow of the great Hermitage Hill. It also happens to be the first vineyard ever owned by Paul Jaboulet and was purchased in 1834. We had the pleasure of walking this vineyard last year and saw firsthand why this is such a revered site. Here the vines are grown on pebbly terraces that are glacial in origin, with the bedrock close to the topsoil. These small, round pebbles store heat during the day and release it at night, providing optimum ripening.
The Frey family purchased Jaboulet more than a decade ago and has spared no expense in its effort to demonstrate the pedigree their vineyards possess. This coupled with what is being called one of the greatest growing seasons in the history of the Northern Rhone has given rise to a tremendous wine.
The 2015 Jaboulet Crozes Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert is undoubtedly one of the finest wines ever produced from this historic vineyard. It is a tremendous effort which can be enjoyed now, but will also reward those who wish to put a few bottles away for later. Enjoy!
JEB DUNNUCK 97 POINTS - "The finest vintage to date, better even than the stellar 2010, the 2015 Crozes-Hermitage Domaine De Thalabert is a gorgeous, deep, layered, and incredibly satisfying Crozes. Blackcurrants, olive tapenade, truffles and earthy notes all emerge from this full-bodied, gorgeously textured and seamless 2015. With fine tannin and no hard edge, it can be drunk today or cellaring for 15-20 years."
- Item #: i_351747Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 94Wine Spectator: 93Jeb Dunnuck: 92 PointsWINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "Bottled in July, the 2015 Cote Rotie Ampodium is fairly full-bodied and quite rich. The black olive and raspberry notes verge on being jammy but are balanced by peppery spice and firm, savory tannins. Give it 5 years in the cellar to settle down, and drink it over the next decade and a half or more. For an entry-level wine, it's remarkable."
WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS -"A bright flash of white pepper gives way to bay leaf, crushed bitter plum and raspberry coulis flavors, with a sleek iron edge. Racy and youthfully taut, but shows ample stuffing for cellaring."
JEB DUNNUCK 92 POINTS - "Moving to the 2015s, all of which were tasted out of bottle, the 2015 Côte Rôtie Ampodium is well worth your time and money. Dark fruits, peppery, licorice, and ground herb characteristics flow to a full-bodied, impressively endowed, ripe, balanced 2015 that will drink nicely for 10-15 years. The son of René, Pierre Rostaing, is now taking a more leading role in this terrific estate. The 2015s are beautiful wines, but don’t discount the 2016s, which are almost as impressive."
- Item #: i_351746Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 99+Wine Spectator: 96Jeb Dunnuck: 97 PointsWINE ADVOCATE 99+ POINTS - "Am I being stingy in only awarding Rostaing's 2015 Cote Rotie la Landonne 99+ points? This is a tremendous wine, showing immense richness and power without any apparent weight. Raspberries flood the palate in waves, accented by various spices in a wine that's intensely tannic yet never hard or astringent. Breathtaking stuff."
JEB DUNNUCK 97 POINTS - " The 2015 Côte Rôtie La Landonne is more tannic and structured, with the smoky, meaty, mineral-laced bouquet I always find in this terroir. Black, black fruits, full body, a layered, rich, opulent texture, and building tannin make for one seriously impressive Côte Rôtie that needs to be forgotten for 5-7 years. It will last for 2-3 decades. The son of René, Pierre Rostaing, is now taking a more leading role in this terrific estate. The 2015s are beautiful wines, but don’t discount the 2016s, which are almost as impressive."
WINE SPECTATOR 96 POINTS - "A broad and deep wine, filled with dark fig, blackberry and boysenberry compote flavors that are layered with graphite, warm ganache and smoldering tobacco flavors. A warm cast iron notes echoes resoundingly through the finish, which is laden with serious grip."