"A step up over the traditional cuvee, the 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is made from 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre, all destemmed, that was aged 60% in demi-muid and 40% in tank. One of the more voluptuous, textured and layered efforts, it offers fabulous minerality in its crushed rock, ground herbs, mulled blackberry and kirsch-driven aromas and flavors. It has a rocking core of sweet fruit, integrated acidity and plenty of tannin, all of which say it’s going to have a long life. I’d give bottles another year or so and plan on consuming them through 2027.
The young Alexander Favier continues to knockout it out of the park with these latest releases. His two whites are both excellent (the Extrait Blanc is brilliant), and his 2013s and 2012s all deliver loads of character. While this estate utilizes some small barrel and demi-muid for aging, the wines remain beautifully Provencal and have a traditional feel. They’re all highly recommended."