Chateauneuf Cuvee Cadettes 16
The top cuvée is the 2013 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée des Cadettes, and where the traditional cuvée sees a more classic vinification and élevage, this cuvée is brought up almost all in small barrels. It’s another medium-bodied, nicely structured and fresh wine that offers notes of sweet oak, cassis, licorice, graphite and caramelized meats. Still backwards, tight and a touch narrow on the palate, it too needs 2-3 years of cellaring and will have 15 years of longevity.
"Ripe and well-packed, with warm plum, blackberry and boysenberry flavors, this drips with fruit but displays drive too. Sparkles of anise and fruitcake add energy, while a streak of graphite gives the finish cut. Best from 2020 through 2035". 95/100 points—J.M.Wine spectator
Grape 42% Syrah, 37% Grenache and 21% Mourvedre
Food match grilled beef, veal, pork, duck, sausage, lamb, beef Bourguignon, cassoulet, Epoisses, Pont L'Eveque