As the 2019s are just starting to be reviewed with many not even imported yet, you can imagine my surprise when my winemaking friend, Xavier, called to tell me that I really had to hurry if I wanted this one.
I was really confused.. “What do you mean? I asked. The 2019s just came out. I just checked online and Parker hasn’t even rated this one yet.” Xavier just chuckled on the other end. Nicholas, 2019 vintage was outrageously good and I always get bigger scores from the Wine Advocate than Jeb Dunnuck. But Dunnuck has already given me a 97-point review.
Turns out, after a bit of research, (not that I didn’t trust the winemaker that Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate affectionately refers to as the ‘mad scientist’) 2019 is truly special for CDP. It’s been called a “dream vintage”, I saw “vintage of the decade” I saw a lot of things. All overwhelmingly positive about what is to come with these age-worthy 2019’s.
Decanter summarized it with this: “Châteauneuf-du-Pape is exceptional in its own way, combining elegance with power, and excelling over neighboring appellations.” I thought about it… with an exceptional year and the rare talent of Xavier, this may end up being his Mona Lisa.
95-97 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
The flagship from Xavier is the 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape Cuvee Anonyme, and in 2019 it’s 60% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah, and the balance a mix of permitted varieties. Partially destemmed and brought up in a mix of demi-muids and tank, it offers a beautifully pure, vibrant bouquet of black raspberries, white and black pepper, candied orange, and violets. Complex, layered, and nuanced, this beauty is medium to full-bodied, has a seamless texture, and a great finish. It has both elegance and richness, and will keep for 15+ years.