Château de Vaudieu Val de Dieu Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2016
- Rich, full-bodied
Situated in the heart of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Château de Vaudieu has 250 years of winemaking prowess behind it. Couple this with one of the most consistent vintages for the modern era and you can be sure that you’re in for a treat. Prepare yourself for an exquisite representation of this world famous appellation. A blend of 60% grenache complemented by 25% syrah and 15% mourvèdre, the nose is complex and layered with hints of dark currants, black flowers, minerals and subtle oak ageing notes. The palate offers a superb structure with elegant tannins and a very long finish. With enough fruit richness, feel free to drink this right away; yet 10 years of careful cellaring will reward you and your lucky acquaintances when the time comes to pop the cork.
“A great vintage for this cuvée (and the region as a whole), the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Val de Dieu is 64% Grenache, 28% Syrah, and the balance Mourvèdre, all brought up in demi-muids. Fabulous notes of garrigue, new saddle leather, graphite, and assorted sweet red (and some black) fruits give way to a full-bodied, ripe, powerful wine that has remarkable elegance and purity. It's already approachable yet will unquestionably benefit from short-term cellaring and shine for a decade or more.”
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My sister Nicci calls these "puddingstone wines", because the vines are literally grown on soils lightly covering giant boulders roughly translated as "pudding stones". Châteauneuf-du-Pape has a rich history, and the reds (usually grenache-predominant) can be a blend of up to 13 grape varieties, including some cheeky whites to round out the mix. The resultant wines are complex, brooding but usually not giant, and delicious. Especially if you call them puddingstone wines.