Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2013

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Chante Cigale

70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre.

The only difference between the Vieilles Vignes cuvee and the Châteauneuf-du-Pape Tradition cuvée is the age of the vines; otherwise, the wines are made in the same exact way: 70% in tank (stainless steel and cement) and 30% in used barrels.

92 points
"Bright ruby. Assertively perfumed aromas of fresh black and blue fruits, spicecake and garrigue, and suggestions of cola and woodsmoke. Sappy and seamless on the palate, offering deeply concentrated boysenberry, black raspberry and floral pastille flavors that become spicier and more energetic with air. Supple tannins build on the tenacious finish, which shows outstanding clarity and resonating spiciness. "
Josh Raynolds,
, April 2016
90 points
"Similar in style to the traditional cuvee, yet with a tad more concentration, the outstanding 2013 Châteauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes (70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre) reveals a darker ruby color to go with old school notes of ground Provençal herbs, leather, mineral and darker berry fruit. Medium plus-bodied, firm, and closed on the palate yet with solid mid-palate depth, give it a year or two and drink bottle through 2025. "
Jeb Dunnuck,
Wine Advocate
, #221, Oct. 2015
92 points
"Features a hearty core of black currant, fig and blackberry fruit inlaid with prominent tobacco and chestnut leaf notes that impart a decidedly old-school feel. Shows plenty of flesh and drive through the finish, which has a tarry underpinning. Should unwind in the cellar. Best from 2018 through 2028. 360 cases made."
James Molesworth,
Wine Spectator
, November 2016