The wine press may not be aware of it just yet, but after having tasted dozens of samples over the past several months – 2019 CDPs are going to be amongst the most age worthy and universally excellent vintage in decades (think 2004 or 1998).
Here’s another thing you can quote me on (though far less controversial), prices are going to skyrocket here over the next few years. So this all leads to my recommendation: load up on the excellent 2019s now.
One that I wouldn’t miss, that’s also a perennial Nicholas Faithful favorite is Xavier Vignon’s CDP. I met Xavier back in 2007, which just happened to be his best vintage ever by far at the time. Luckily, I had already put in my order for the vintage before the scores came out, but ever since Xavier and I have been buds.
And lucky for us, this is his highest rated vintage of this wine since 2007. Jeb Dunnuck recognized the 2019 trends. “The 2019s will be a step up over the 2018s and offer more depth, concentration, and richness, all while showing considerable purity of fruit and elegance.” He gave this one a 93:
“It’s a rock-solid effort and has lots of mulled black cherry and plum fruits, notes of licorice and peppery garrigue, full-bodied richness, and a rounded, beautifully textured style on the palate. I’m a fan and it’s going to evolve gracefully for over a decade.”
93 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Vignon’s 2019 Chateauneuf du Pape delivers even more than I hoped for based on a previous sample. Hints of garrigue, roses, cherries and raspberries appear on the nose, while the palate is full-bodied, silky and long, with an intense, almost briny finish. The assemblage is 50% Grenache, 10% each Mourvèdre and Syrah, plus smaller proportions of seven other permitted varieties, while the élevage includes foudres, demi-muids, concrete and wooden tanks, plus terracotta amphorae.
93 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
Starting off the 2019s, the 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape (75% Grenache and the rest Syrah, Mourvèdre, and Clairette) was partially destemmed and brought up in a mix of foudre, demi-muids, amphora, and stainless steel. It’s a rock-solid effort and has lots of mulled black cherry and plum fruits, notes of licorice and peppery garrigue, full-bodied richness, and a rounded, beautifully textured style on the palate. I’m a fan and it’s going to evolve gracefully for over a decade.
A perennial favorite, this wine constantly garners the accolades it deserves. It’s a terrific wine– one of the best to come from Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Great with red meat, poultry or even some carpaccio or tuna tartare.
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