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October 2020

Rating

92

Clos du Calvaire
Châteauneuf du Pape, Red 2018

“The entirely tank-matured […] Clos du Calvaire is an open, flattering effort that boasts impressive complexity. Peppery spices mark the nose, alongside notes of mixed berries, leather and garrigue, while the full-bodied palate is expansive and velvety. Hints of leather join star anise and black cherries on the finish. It’s a strong effort, which should drink well for at least 6-7 years.”

– Joe Czerwinski

 edition 642
June – July / August 2020

Rating

18,5/20

Clos du Calvaire
Châteauneuf du Pape, Red 2018

Vins du Rhône Sud

“Une palette aromatique magnifique qui va de la gelée de fruits rouges, au thym en passant par la cerise au chocolat. Un beau prélude à cette matière profonde et douce avec un fruit pur et savoureux. Superbe!”

– Roberto Petronio

August 2019

Rating

94

Clos du Calvaire
Châteauneuf du Pape, Red 2017

“Raised entirely in concrete, the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Clos du Calvaire is a blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Cinsault and 5% Mourvèdre. Full-bodied and silky- textured, it’s a red-fruited triumph, boasting oodles of raspberries and gentle spice notes. It’s expansive yet structured, delicate yet intense, just a terrific effort.”

– Joe Czerwinski

November 2018

Rating

16,5/20

Clos du Calvaire
Châteauneuf du Pape, Red 2017

“Tasted blind. Some compost and earth beneath the red fruit on the nose, with light spiciness on the finish. Full and furry in structure, with moderate length but fairly forthright complexityfor a young Châteauneuf.”

– Richard Hemming

August 2018

Rating

93

Clos du Calvaire
Châteauneuf du Pape, Red 2016

“The plushest and easiest to drink of the multiple Mayard cuvées is the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Clos du Calvaire. A blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre and 5% Cinsault, it’s full-bodied and creamy textured, with loads of blueberry and cherry fruit, hints of garrigue and a long finish. It should drink well for a decade or more.”

– Joe Czerwinski

October 2017

Rating

90 – 93

Clos du Calvaire
Châteauneuf du Pape, Red 2016

“Leading off the 2016s from barrel, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Clos du Calvaire (70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Cinsault and the rest Mourvèdre) offers lots of blue and black fruits, lavender, pepper, and violets aromatics, full-bodied richness, sweet, polished tannin and a hedonistic, opulent texture. It’s going to be a gem that will deliver loads of pleasure through 2026.”

– Jeb Dunnuck

October 2020

Rating

91

Père Pape
Châteauneuf du Pape, Red 2018

“A briery rush of blackberries emerge on the nose of the 2018 […]. Marked by hints of cracked pepper, licorice and mint, it beautifully combines complexity and freshness on the nose, but lacks a bit of concentration and richness on the full-bodied palate. It compensates by offering intriguing, spiced complexity on the finish. All in all, a notable effort.”

– Joe Czerwinski

August 2019

Rating

93

Père Pape
Châteauneuf du Pape, Red 2017

“Darker fruited, the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Domaine du Pere Pape is a foudre-aged blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre and 5% Cinsault. Clove, cola and plum flavors weave in and out on the full-bodied, creamy-textured palate. Expressive and layered, it’s a different style from the estate’s Clos du Calvaire bottling but still delicious.”

– Joe Czerwinski

August 2018

Rating

95

Père Pape
Châteauneuf du Pape, Red 2016

“Like last year, I adored the Pere Pape bottling, getting swept up in its huge wave of forward fruit. The 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Domaine du Pere Pape matured mainly in foudre, so it retains the remarkable fruit purity shown by all the wines from this estate. Blueberries and crushed stone enchant on the nose, while the palate is full-bodied and lush, turning velvety on the lengthy finish. Delicious.”

– Joe Czerwinski

November 2020

Rating

17/20

La Crau de ma Mère
Châteauneuf du Pape, Red 2018

“70% Grenache noir, 20% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah auf Rollkieseln, Ausbau im Fuder. Komplexes Bouquet, reife Kirchen und Brombeeren, Zimt, Kardamom, Noten der Garrigue. Überrascht mit fruchtiger Frische, feinem Körper, eleganten Tanninen und mineralischem Unterton.”

– René Gabriel

October 2020

Rating

93

La Crau de ma Mère
Châteauneuf du Pape, Red 2018

“Hints of garrigue and crushed stones are bound together by threads of raspberries and dark chocolate in the 2018 […], which is largely derived from old-vine Grenache grown in La Crau. Full-bodied, generous and silky in texture, it’s a ripe, seamless effort that should drink well for up to a decade.”

– Joe Czerwinski

August 2019

Note

94+

La Crau de ma Mère
Châteauneuf du Pape, Red 2017

“Less obviously ahead of the Clos du Calvaire than it was last year out of foudre, the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape la Crau de Ma Mere still delivers almost embryonic waves of fruit— cherries, raspberries and blueberries. Full-bodied, supple and silky, with a long, slightly briny finish, it comes across as a bit simple because of its youth. If it develops additional complexity in bottle, my rating may look stingy.”

– Joe Czerwinski

November 2018

Rating

17/20

La Crau de ma Mère
Châteauneuf du Pape, Red 2017

“Tasted blind. Punchy tannic grip on the palate with stewed black fruits and piquant spicing. High intensity and persistence on the finish. A big, muscular style with a tarry, savoury length.”

– Richard Hemming

August 2018

Rating

94

La Crau de ma Mère
Châteauneuf du Pape, Red 2016

“Old-vine Grenache from La Crau meets Mourvèdre from Pignan in the 2016 Chateauneuf du pape La Crau de Ma Mere-the most limited of the company’s cuvées. Hints of rose petals and black tea accent raspberry and apricot fruit in this full-bodied, richly tannic but velvety wine. Give it a couple of years’ cellaring and drink it over the next decade and a half.”

– Joe Czerwinski

October 2017

Rating

94 – 96

La Crau de ma Mère
Châteauneuf du Pape, Red 2016

“I loved the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau de Ma Mère, and this sexy beasty of a Châteauneuf du Pape boasts killer aromatics, full-bodied richness, building tannin, and a great finish. With layers of black and blue fruits, peppery, garrigue and smoked earth, it has a traditional profile, yet packs serious amounts of fruit and extract. Count me in as a fan.”

– Jeb Dunnuck

October 2020

Rating

93

La Crau de ma Mère
Châteauneuf du Pape, White 2019

“The flagship white from this estate, the 2019 […] is terrific, displaying a fresher, more lively style in its citrus blossom, white flower, and salty, mineral-like aromas and flavors. It’s not a powerhouse on the palate, but it’s medium-bodied and has wonderful balance, a solid spine of acidity, and a clean, crisp, dry finish that keeps you coming back to the glass. It’s ideal for drinking over the coming 3-5 years, and I certainly wouldn’t be surprise to see it keep longer. It’s a beautifully balanced, fresher style of Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc.”

– Jeb Dunnuck

October 2019

Rating

90

La Crau de ma Mère
Châteauneuf du Pape, White 2018

“Exotic tropical fruits, spice, honeyed mint, and a hint of sappy flowers all emerge from the 2018 […], which is nicely textured, with a rounded, medium-bodied mouthfeel and a great finish. It’s a forward, fleshy, exotic, and straight-up delicious white to drink over the coming 3-4 years.”

– Jeb Dunnuck