2018 Charvin Chateauneuf-du-Pape

95 Points John Caro
In stock
This Chateauneuf is sublime quality and extreme value. The famously humble Charvin is so traditional that he won't charge nearly the price of his neighbours, despite his vineyards of low-yeilding old vines located in the heart of Chateauneuf. The winemaking too is a traditional treasure, with no oak and instead whole bunch fermentation in concrete tank creating a classic balance of immense fruit purity and layered complexity. Charvin doesn't fuss with top tiers or special cuvees, so this $70 something estate bottling offers the full heart and soul of his best fruit. Outstanding wine to decant now or cellar as long as you like.
$79.99 in mixed 6+ or $88.99 per bottle

Grape

Mainly old vine Grenache (50-80 years) with Syrah, Mourvedre, Vaccarese and Counoise

Its Origins

“Charvin may indeed produce the Richebourg of Chateauneuf du Pape.” - Robert Parker. Laurent Charvin runs this small family estate located in the north of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. The domaine has vineyard holdings of just 8 hectares in Chateauneuf-du-Pape and 13 hectares in Cotes du Rhone. The average age of the vineyards is over 50 years old with the oldest being nearly 80 years of age. Laurent Charvin describes his vineyard site as being ‘cool’ for Chateauneuf as their vines are mostly planted on sandy north facing slopes.

What The Critics Say

93/100 Decanter, Matt Walls

"This has some interest; a little spicy kick on the finish that brings character and complexity. There’s a good sense of freshness and it’s very concentrated, with ripe black cherry flavour. The alcohol is on the high side, but this is classic stuff. Has some depth of gummy texture and an intense muscular grip to the tannins with a long, resonant finish. Charvin rarely shows well from barrel, so this could be very good indeed when it's mature. Organically grown at the north-west of the appellation, lieux-dits Cabrières and Maucoil, galets roulés and sand. It's fermented and then aged for 21 months in concrete using indigenous yeasts, then bottled unfiltered." Drink 2022 - 2030

17/20 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming

"Tasted blind. Attractive combination of stemmy, herbal aromas with rich black fruit. Lots of pepper and clove character too. Strongly spiced, possibly at the expense of fruit, but I like its distinctive and definite character. 82% Grenache, 5% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre, 4% Vaccarèse, 4% Counoise. Aged for 21 months in concrete. Tank sample. (RH)."

96/100 Wine Enthusiast, Anna Lee C. Iijima (2017 vintage)

"Rich, ripe black cherry and dried strawberry flavors pulsate from the core of this powerful blend of 82% Grenache accented by Syrah, Mourvèdre, Vacarèse and Counoise. Sourced from equal parts pebbly and sandy terroir, it's a concentrated, complex wine marked by hints of sun-scorched bramble, thyme and meandering mineral tones. The finish is long and framed by firm, sandpaper tannins that will meld as the wine improves well through 2040."

Variety Grenache Syrah Mourvedre Blend
Region Rhone Valley
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Maturity 2022 - 2035

This Wine Goes Well With

with DUCK
with LAMB
with POULTRY

Taste

4

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