Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reservee 2016
80% Grenache and 10% Mouvedre. 10% diverse, mixed, old, approved vines finalize the blend. Classic vineyard cultivation, but always 100% fermented as a whole grape, i.e. completely with black horse. Spontaneous fermentation completely in concrete tanks, then in large wooden barrels with some of the yeast. As a rule, the Malo begins in the fermentation tank. Standing time in the fermentation tank approx. 3 weeks, then, as mentioned, deduction on large old wooden barrels. Both the Cuvée Reservée and the Da Capo then remain in the barrel for 2 years. Only in rare cases is it moved again to another wooden barrel after one year. I'm happy to come so late in May and only then try the wine. Parker's new employee was here very early, during the 2017 harvest. Jeb Dunnuck, the most respected Rhone taster, was only there a few weeks ago. The ratings of the two differ totally. From a pretty bad thing at Parker to high praise at Dunnuck. In numbers: between 92 and 99 points. I had to stop here and make my own picture of the wine that I intend to buy as always. What is certain after my rehearsal: I am much more at Dunnuck in the high rating. Because the wine is incredibly stylish in the fruit. Here is my really wonderful year 2016 in Chateauneuf du Pape. THE YEAR OF THE YEARS HERE. The wine is so refreshing, so slim, and at the same time super straight on all edges. Very polished. The wine has no volatile acidity. This is also a common occurrence here. The Mourvedre with the expression of elderberry dominates relatively strongly. This gets the wine very well, alongside it runs a little black cherry. But Mourvedre and Elderberry are the clear dominance. It's amazing that the Grenache of 2016 is so incredibly fine and not dominated by strawberries and raspberries. It is surprising that the few percent of Mourvedre can exercise such a high degree of dominance. I like that very much in this stylish, chic style. Ultra-clear, and especially ultra-clean in 2016, everything is clean. Nothing volatile. Simply an earthy, very idiosyncratic chateau in typical Pegau style with a much cleaner line than in previous years. God this wine is beautiful in the aftertaste. So incredibly long. The tannin is much finer than 2015. Total cut. Finally very long and rolling up again with fine salt. Elderberry, rowanberry, also a little sweet mulberry. Black cherry. The wine is completely fermented, shows nothing sticky, nothing sweet, just a chic straight line. Pegau has a very unique style and is rightly quite high in the favor of the public and most journalists.