2016 Charbonniere Les Hautes Brusquieres Chateauneuf Du Pape Cuvee SpecialeBlend from France
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This Single Vineyard Cuvée reveals layered hints of dark cherries, crushed raspberry, the structure is massive yet with some elegant tannins....
- 96-98 Joe Czerwinski - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
- 95-97 Jeb Dunnuck - jebdunnuck.com
- 96 Wine Enthusiast
- 96 Wine Spectator
- 94 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
- 91-93 Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media
- 93 Decanter
96-98 Joe Czerwinski - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A prodigious effort, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Hautes Brusquieres Cuvee Speciale was yet to be bottled during my June visit. It offers up sweet floral aromas, hints of thyme and rosemary and bold cherry fruit. Full-bodied and creamy-velvety in texture, it's a hugely seductive mouthful of wine that I found difficult to spit. If it emerges from the bottling process looking like this, buyers will have huge smiles on their faces.
95-97 Jeb Dunnuck - jebdunnuck.com
Blackberries, crushed rocks, peppery herbs, and graphite notes all emerge from the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Hautes Brusquières, the most concentrated, rich, and opulent in the lineup. It has brilliant purity of fruit, ripe, polished tannins, and a great, great finish, all making for a brilliant 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape that will keep for 15+ years.
96 Wine Enthusiast
This opulent blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah offers rich, luscious plum and cherry flavors. Although rounded and creamy on the palate, it avoids feeling dense or heavy. Ripe, integrated tannins and whispers of garrigue and violet extend the finish. While enjoyable already for its forward fruit, it should gain savory complexities through 2036 and hold further. ANNA LEE C. IIJIMA
96 Wine Spectator
This sports the dark and intense fruit of the vintage's overall profile, with a range of black currant, fig and boysenberry pâte de fruit notes that meld with flavors of licorice snap, fruitcake, singed mesquite and smoldering black tea. The long finish is well-structured and focused, infused with a perfume that lingers beautifully. Best from 2022 through 2038. 850 cases made, 100 cases imported. — JM
94 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
Incredible depth and power here. This is saturated with ripe, black fruit and sealed up with some spicy, attractive oak. The brambly palate is powerful, concentrated and fresh. Top Châteauneuf here. Drink or hold.
91-93 Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media
Bright violet. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes smoke-tinged raspberry, mulberry, candied lavender and spicecake. Seamless and sweet on the palate, offering sappy red berry liqueur flavors and an exotic floral pastille quality. Gains weight and spiciness with air and finishes very long, with gentle tannins and clinging sweetness. -- Josh Raynolds
A lovely nose with a distinctly herbal bitters vein running through the dark brambly fruits. Soft, svelte and yielding on the palate, the tannins have mass but are very ripe, just about balancing the high acidity and punchy alcohol. The most successful of Charbonnière's wines this year, and like all of them it will take a long time to come round, but should reward patience. Drinking Window 2022 - 2031
This Single Vineyard Cuvée reveals layered hints of dark cherries, crushed raspberry, the structure is massive yet with some elegant tannins.
|Sub-Region||Chateauneuf du Pape|
96-98 - Joe Czerwinski - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
95-97 - Jeb Dunnuck - jebdunnuck.com
96 - Wine Enthusiast
96 - Wine Spectator
94 - James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
91-93 - Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media
93 - Decanter
|Varietal(s)||Grenache / Garnacha, Syrah / Shiraz, Counoise|
|Taste||black currant, blackberry, dust, leather, currant, blueberry, strawberry, violet, oak, smoke, toast and vanilla|
|Nose||vanilla, toast, smoke, tobacco, dark fruit, red fruit, spice box, cedar, thyme, clove, cinnamon, black pepper and mint|