2016 Bosquet des Papes Nicolas Boiron Cotes du Rhone....$14.99
Last of the 2016s, don’t miss the 2016 Côtes du Rhône, which had just been bottled at the time of my tastings. This medium to full-bodied beauty is packed with red and black fruits, dried flower and spice aromas and flavors, and has a silky, polished, undeniably delicious style ideal for drinking over the coming 3-4 years.
Rated 90/100 Jeb Dunnuck
2016 Bosquet des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition....$43.99
Moving to the reds, the deep ruby colored 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape (75% Grenache 12% Syrah 10% Mourvèdre aged in foudre and demi-muid) offers seriously good notes of red and black fruits, lavender and spice. It’s medium to full-bodied, has fine, polished tannin, solid mid-palate depth, and solid overall freshness. Drink it anytime over the coming 10-15 years.
Rated 90-93/100 Jeb Dunnuck
2016 Bosquet des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape Chante Le Merle...$67.99
$139.99 1.5ltrThe old vine cuvée from the estate is the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Chante Le Merle and it’s always a rough blend of 85% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre and 5% Syrah that’s fermented with 100% whole clusters and aged mostly in foudre and old barrels. This classic Châteauneuf du Pape is bursting at the seams with notions of blackberries, peppery herbs, scorched earth, and licorice. With full-bodied richness, terrific depth of fruit and extract, fine tannin and first-rate purity, it’s going to benefit from short-term cellaring and cruise for 10-15 years.
Rated 94-96/100 Jeb Dunnuck
2016 Bosquet des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape A la Gloire de Mon Grand-Pere....$64.99
Made from 100% Grenache that was partially destemmed, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape A La Gloire de Mon Grand-Père is straight up awesome looking barrel sample. Sporting a deep ruby color and perfumed notes of strawberries, incense, Asian spices and dried garrigue, this beauty is full-bodied, layered, and opulent on the palate, yet with no weight and a graceful, balanced style. It has fine tannins which are still mostly covered by loads of fruit at this stage. It’s going to be hard to resist on release, yet should have two decades of longevity.
Rated 94-97/100 Jeb Dunnuck