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Chateauneuf du Pape Bosquet des Papes 2016 (1.5L)
93 Points, Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A terrific example of this bottling, the 2016 ChÃ¢teauneuf du Pape Cuvée Tradition is a blend of 75% Grenache, 12% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah and tiny amounts of Cinsault, Counoise and Vaccarèse. About 40% was destemmed in this textbook vintage, the fruit coming from 40 different parcels around the appellation. Floral and raspberry notes emerge on the nose, while the palate is full-bodied but silky textured, ending on subtle shadings of Provence herbs and licorice. It's a relative bargain that's easy to drink now, but it should easily go a decade or more in a cool cellar." 8/18
92 Points, James Molesworth, Wine Spectator: "Ripe and focused, with a beam of raspberry puree and plum compote that is carried by mouthwatering red licorice and singed apple wood notes. A bright blast of tobacco and floral details run through the finish, with fresh acidity pulling the elements along. Best from 2020 through 2030. 5,000 cases made." 11/18
93 Points, Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com: "A true gem of a wine, the 2016 ChÃ¢teauneuf-du-Pape checks in as 75% Grenache, 12% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah and the balance a mix of permitted varieties. This classic cuvée comes from a multitude of sites throughout the appellation and is partially destemmed and brought up in concrete tanks and demi-muids. Terrific notes of peppery garrigue, new leather, and sweet red and black fruits all give way to a silky, seamless, full-bodied ChÃ¢teauneuf-du-Pape that has no hard edges and a great finish. The classic cuvées are so good in 2016, it makes you wonder if the more expensive special cuvées are worth it." 8/18