Châteauneuf-du-Pape "Signature" 2014

SKU/Code: 
DB1315-14
Product Line: 
Red
Varietal: 
Grenache
Country: 
France
Region: 
Rhône
Barroche

This is the main wine of the domaine, a prestige cuvée with average vine-age of 65 years.

65% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah, Vaccarese, and Cinsault. Aging takes place over 18 months, and the varietals are aged separately: the Grenache is aged in old oak foudres, the Mourvèdre and Syrah are aged sur lies in one- to three-year-old barrels, and the Cinsault is aged in stainless steel; bottled unfiltered.

 

(91-93) points
"...offers lots of kirsch and black cherry nuances with more background notes of scorched earth, creamy licorice and spring flowers. Hitting 15% natural alcohol, it has fabulous density on the palate, medium to full-bodied richness, sweet tannin and good acidity. It’s a rockin’ effort in this difficult vintage."
Jeb Dunnuck,
Wine Advocate
, October 2015
91 points
"Juicy, with plum paste and raspberry pâte de fruit flavors that race along, bolstered by a bright anise note. Stays juicy through the finish, showing hints of plum skin, fruitcake and lightly singed alder. Best from 2017 through 2025. 1,800 cases made."
James Molesworth,
Wine Spectator
, October 2016
(91-93) points
" Deep, smoke-accented dark berry and floral pastille scents are sharpened by a note of peppery spice. Smoky and sweet in the mouth, offering concentrated boysenberry and cherry flavors and a hint of candied violet. Shows very good power and energy and finishes with excellent focus and length; velvety, late-arriving tannins add shape. Quite serious for an entry-level bottling; I'd bet on this making a solid cellar candidate."
Josh Raynolds,
Vinousmedia.com
, April 2016