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  • Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2019


    “60% Grenache Blanc, 20% Clairette, 20% Roussanne. Aged in 10% new oak, 10% old oak and 80% concrete.

    Tasted blind. Very elegant nose – verbena with acacia honey and a sherbet twang. Golden apples, rich ripe fruit and loads of acidity keep this really interesting. Lovely weight and poise. Drink: 2021-2027. 17+ points”

    Alistair Cooper, (11/20)

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  • Domaine La Barroche Chateauneuf-du-Pape Pure 2017


    “The 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Pure is remarkably balanced, fresh and, yes, pure. The layers of raspberry fruit are blemish-free, so intense and concentrated that in other hands they might come across as jammy, but here, they’re fresh and vibrant, backed by a full-bodied palate that’s silky and airy in feel while possessing terrific intensity and depth. It should drink well for 15+ years. Drink: 2019-2035. 97 points

    Winemaker Julien Barrot didn’t seem to mind that yields were down in 2018. “I like vintages like this, where you have good natural balance,” he said. “After June, it was a dream year.” He’s also taken steps to try to find that balance in the vineyard. The domaine stopped performing green harvests in 2015, as the larger crops help promote freshness and lower alcohol levels. Paradoxically in 2017, the naturally low yields allowed the grapes to continue ripening despite the drought-like conditions. “Because of the low yields, we never had blocage in 2017,” Barrot said, contrasting that to the situation in 2003, 2005, 2009 and 2011. Moreover, here at Barroche, the focus is increasingly on detail, rather than power. “We always have plenty of fruit—red fruit, dark fruit—but what is important is to look for the floral qualities.””

    Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (244)

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  • Rotem & Mounir Saouma Chateauneuf-du-Pape Omnia 2014


    “Opaque ruby. A sexy, intensely perfumed bouquet evokes fresh blue fruits, Asian spices, smoky minerals and candied flowers. Sappy, expansive and pure on the palate, offering impressively concentrated black raspberry and boysenberry flavors that become livelier and sweeter with air. Ripe and broad yet lithe on the tenacious finish, which displays sneaky tannins and repeating blue fruit and floral flavors. 93-96 points”

    Josh Raynolds, Vinous (04/16)

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  • Rotem & Mounir Saouma Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Magis 2015


    “Light brilliant yellow. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes mineral-accented pear nectar, orange gelato, iodine and mineral scents, along with a deeper suggestion of honey. Impressively energetic, sharply focused citrus and orchard fruit and floral flavors stain the palate while showing zero fat. A sexy floral nuance emerges steadily as the wine opens up, along with hints of toasted brioche and green almond. Wonderfully concentrated yet nervy; the ridiculously long, focused finish features lingering floral and mineral qualities. This is one of the most impressive bottles of Rhône white wine that I can recall, from the north or the south, and I’d have no qualms about setting it up alongside the best from Burgundy. Drinking window: 2021-2028. 96 points”

    Josh Raynolds, Vinous (10/18)

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