2016 Clos St Antonin Chateauneuf Du Pape

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Wine Critic Reviews for 2016 Clos St Antonin Chateauneuf Du Pape

The finest wine to date from this young estate (although it’s made by unquestionably one of the finest winemakers out there), the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape is 100% Grenache sourced all from the sandy parts of the La Crau and Font du Loup lieux-dits. It got more than a few “Wows” in the notes and boasts a medium ruby color, heavenly notes of framboise, crushed flowers, and spice, full body, ultra-fine tannins, and an insane mix of power and elegance that’s hard to describe. It’s going to knock your socks off over the coming 15+ years.

Jeb Dunnuck | 97 JD
All Grenache grown on sandy sites, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape is the poster child for the current trend toward elegant, almost weightless wines from that unique combination of variety and terroir. Raspberry and strawberry aromas and flavors pick up complex notes of garrigue as they glide easily across the full-bodied palate and into a long, silky-ethereal finish. It's a paradox that illustrates the specialness of Grenache in certain situations and which must be tasted to be understood.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 96 RP
Vivid ruby-red. A complex, highly perfumed nose evokes Chambord, cherry cola, exotic spices and lavender. Juicy, seamless and energetic on the palate, offering sweet red fruit preserve, floral pastille and spicecake flavors that deepen steadily on the back half. Impressively concentrated but also lithe and precise. Gentle tannins give shape to the energetic fruit on the strikingly long, penetrating finish.

Vinous Media | 94 VM
Lavish plum and mulberry flavors are pure and concentrated in this exuberant varietal Grenache sourced from sandy soils. It's a fruity, glossy wine but maintains a freshness and mineral restraint. A velveteen grip of tannins extends the finish. Impressive already it will improve through 2030.

Wine Enthusiast | 94 WE
A slightly earthy style with liquorice and herbal bitters. Medium-bodied, very smooth and silky on the palate. This is quite a bright, saline, mineral expression with good length and raspberry acidity. A pure and well-tailored Châteauneuf. Drinking Window 2018 - 2026

Decanter | 92 DEC
This has a wild, floral edge with a wealth of ripe, sappy, mixed berries. There’s a riper edge to the palate with a punchy, grainy edge to the tannins. Pure grenache on sandy soil. Drink or hold.

James Suckling | 92 JS

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Vintage 2016
Color Red
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Producer Antonin
Rating 97 JD
Region Rhone: While the Northern Rhone produces only about 5% of all wine coming out of the Rhone Valley, the quality of these bottles is not to be underestimated. The terroir in this region is heavenly for growing Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne or Rousanne - the only permitted grapes in the AOC. Picture this - the Rhone flows through the valley like an azure thread piercing the landscape, a reflection of the dreamy skies hovering above the vineyards, ready to produce rainfall at a moment's notice. The rocky soil of the steep, almost surreal hillsides provides a bountiful feast for the grapevine roots. The flavors and texture of Northern Rhone wines tell you everything you need to know as soon as your lips touch the elixir, like a whisper in the vigorous valley winds As per the Southern Rhone wine, it is like taking a plunge into a whirlpool of juicy flavor. Every sip explodes forward like a crashing tsunami, bathing your tastebuds in delicious aromas of prune, chocolate, grass, and black fruit. The wines are so compelling that it can be hard to drink them casually at a social event without getting lost in their intricate textures and emotional depths. Let's set sail together, and drink deep from these luxurious bottles with our friends and loved ones.
Type of Wine Rhone (Other): Rhone wines come from southern France, where a wide variety of grapes are cultivated. Some of the most commonly used varietals within this region are Syrah, Grenache Noir, Carignan, and Cinsaut for red wines, while white blends are typically based on Marsanne, Roussanne, Bourboulenc, Carignan Blanc, Grenache Blanc and others.
Varietal Bordeaux Blend: Since its birth in France, the art of Bordeaux-inspired blends has been brought to regions like California, and Washington, where New World visionaries add their own unique spin to the formula, creating mouth-watering tributes to Bordeaux's viticultural greatness. Today, with a compelling cultural mixture, sampling Bordeaux blends is more excited than ever.
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