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Chateauneuf du Pape Clos St. Antonin 2018 (750ML)
93 Points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate: "All Grenache from the lieux-dits of la Crau and Font du Loup, the 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape is relatively light in color, but don't mistake that for being light or wimpy. Black cherries, red raspberries and hints of plum combine on the nose with hints of garrigue and licorice, while the full-bodied palate is silky and elegant despite being labeled at 15.5% alcohol. There's ample length and no perceptible heat on the finish, but I'd still opt to enjoy it over its first 6-8 years or so." 9/20
93 Points, Matt Walls, Decanter: "A very stylish Châteauneuf - pure, almost aerial black cherry fruit with raspberry and raspberry leaf. A smooth and silky style with a lovely finesse to the tannins, the acidity is a little tart but it works. All in good harmony. I would drink young, but should age into the medium term. The alcohol is high, but it doesn't feel overly imbalanced. From 60-year-old vines owned by the Sabon family of Domaine de la Janasse." 02/21
93 Points, Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com: "Coming from cooler, sandy soils and all Grenache, the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape reveals a medium ruby/purple hue to go with perfumed notes of kirsch liqueur, wild strawberries, flowery incense, and orange blossom. Playing in the medium to full-bodied end of the spectrum, it has a seamless texture, ripe, silky tannins, and a great finish. It’s not a blockbuster, but it just glides over the palate with no sensation of weight or heaviness and has beautiful length on the finish. Enjoy this elegant, nuanced 2018 Châteauneuf du Pape any time over the coming decade." 10/20