Chateauneuf De Pape Jeroboam

2016 Chateauneuf De Pape Jeroboam Clos Des Papes

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  • Appellation:
    Chateauneuf du Pape
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  • Grape Type:
    Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre
  • Packaging:
    OWC x 1
  • Stock Location:
In stock (5)
Wine Critics Notes:

Wine Advocate - Score: 97+ ()

Jean-Louis Chave graciously made time for an appointment, despite the fact that the 2018 harvest was underway, a vintage he was clearly excited about. "It's a very special year," he said. "Tremendous, amazing fruit." We started by sampling barrels of the 2017 Hermitage Blanc, then the mesmerizing 2016, which was bottled in August. I can't fathom how there can be so much less of this wine made than the red, yet it often sells for less. Wake up, people. Thomas Jefferson was right about this stuff when he wrote in 1791, “The white Hermitage is the first wine in the world, without a single exception.” If you're looking to prove that to yourself, try a well-stored example of the 1988, which at 30 years of age is just singing (full review below). We then moved into the 2017-vintage barrels of Saint-Joseph from Chave's own vineyards. The development of these sites near his home village of Mauves is destined to be Jean-Louis's legacy to the family business. For the moment, there are two bottlings, but more single-site bottlings may someday appear—perhaps in the not-too-distant future. Then on to the 2017 Hermitage barrels, a vintage Chave described as "a really good year." The 2016 Hermitage was still in barrel as components as well. Keep in mind that hail limited production, but the quality still looks outstanding. Finally, we tried the 2015 Hermitage and 2015 Cuvée Cathelin from bottle. Both are tremendous wines that are likely to outlive me. With four consecutive top-flight vintages (assuming 2018 comes out as projected), just buy as much as you can.

Vinous - Score: 95-97 (2018 Jul.)

Vivid ruby-red. Ripe, intensely perfumed raspberry, blackberry, cherry pit and pungent flowers on the highly expressive, mineral- and spice-tinged nose. Juicy and seamless in texture, offering palate-staining yet graceful red and blue fruit liqueur and floral pastille flavors and an exotic suggestion of candied fennel. Delivers flavor intensity without excess weight and shows no rough edges. Closes sweet, sappy and extremely long, with smooth, slow-building tannins framing lingering red fruit preserve and floral notes.