2018 Charvin Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Mainly old vine Grenache (50-80 years) with Syrah, Mourvedre, Vaccarese and Counoise
“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|
|Maturity||2022 - 2035|
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