2017 Maison la Berthaude Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes
Deep shimmering red. High-pitched cherry, raspberry and floral scents pick up star anise and mineral qualities with air. Supple, densely packed red fruit liqueur, cherry and spicecake flavors show very good heft and no rough edges. Supple, fine-grained tannins sneak in late and lend shape to an impressively long, floral-dominated finish that leaves a sweet hint of cola behind.” – Vinous
“Essentially the same as the Galets de la Berthaude from Roger Perrin, the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape is an 80-20 blend of Grenache and Syrah that aged only in tank. It’s my favorite of his cuvées this year, with ample weight and power, notes of red and black fruit and a rich, velvety feel that ends silky and long.” – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.