2018 Domaine Isabel Ferrando Chateauneuf du Pape Colombis
Jeb Dunnuck | 97 JD
Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 97 RP
Tasted from bottle, the 2018 Châteauneuf du Pape Colombis comes from a single lieu-dit and is 100% Grenache brought up all in demi-muids. I thought it could be the wine of the vintage last year, and it’s certainly not far off, offering a sensational bouquet of Provençal garrigue, ground pepper, spiced meat, and red and black fruits. Reminding me of a slightly toned-down version of the 2007, it’s full-bodied and has a beautifully layered, elegant texture, sweet tannins, and a gorgeous finish. The 2018s do not get much better than this, and this beauty can be drunk any time over the coming 15 years or more.
Jeb Dunnuck | 97 JD
Shimmering ruby. An expansive bouquet evokes ripe, spice-tinged red/blue fruits, potpourri and incense, and a smoky mineral nuance builds in the glass. Shows impressive depth and energy to the sappy black raspberry, boysenberry, spicecake and floral pastille flavors, which are braced by a spine of juicy acidity. Impressively lithe for its heft, finishing on a gently tannic note, with fine delineation and floral lift.
Vinous Media | 95 VM
This is a beauty, with a seductive display of Turkish coffee, singed alder, steeped plum and warmed anise aromas and flavors that move in unison, backed by a subtle garrigue note through the finish. A late echo of warm earth adds a finishing touch.
Wine Spectator | 95 WS
Introspective for now on the nose; blackberries, liquorice and sage, but promising on the palate – good sense of intensity and freshness. Very well balanced, harmonious, upright and sparky. Not long, but a great burst of flavour. The alcohol is high, but it’s warming rather than hot. Made by Isabel Ferrando of Domaine Saint Préfert. Grown on mostly sandy soils in the Colombis lieu-dit, no destemming. Drinking Window 2021 - 2032.
Decanter | 94 DEC
Wine Details for 2018 Domaine Isabel Ferrando Chateauneuf du Pape Colombis
|Type of Wine||
Chateauneuf du Pape
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|Appellation||Chateauneuf Du Pape|
|Producer||Chateau Ferrand Lartigue|