Châteauneuf-du-Pape "Pure" 2014

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97% Grenache, 3% other varietals. Pure is handcrafted from a single plot of 100-year-old vines and sandy soil, at the junction of “Grand Pierre”, “Rayas” and “Pointu” districts. Underripe stems are removed, and the wine is fermented in underground concrete vats. The wine stays on the skins for over 4 weeks, followed by a gentle extraction and aging in old foudres for approximately 18 months. Bottled unfiltered.

(93-95) points
"Highly fragrant raspberry, boysenberry, floral pastille and Asian spice scents show excellent clarity and pick up a smoky mineral quality with air. Deeply concentrated but shockingly lithe red and dark berry flavors reach every corner of the palate and show no rough edges. Candied lavender and spicecake qualities emerge on an impressively long, focused and subtly tannic finish that emphatically echoes the blue fruit note."
Josh Raynolds,
, April 2016
92 points
"...shows the classic, tight, sappy, medium to full-bodied profile that this cuvée normally shows early in its life. Black cherries, currants, licorice and sappy herbs all emerge from this balanced, nicely structured, solidly concentrated 2014 that will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring and keep for a decade after that."
Jeb Dunnuck,
Wine Advocate
, October 2016
91 points
"Focused, with a streamlined core of raspberry and red currant fruit flavors racing through, flecked with shiso leaf, mint and tea notes. Very silky through the finish, with a light iron twinge at the very end. Drink now through 2024. 250 cases made."
James Molesworth,
Wine Spectator