Stephen Tanzer 93
"(made from roughly two thirds grenache, with about 15% each of mourvedre and syrah and a bit of cinsault): Glass-staining ruby. Intense dark fruit and floral aromas are given depth by hints of licorice and bitter herbs. Brighter on the palate, offering potent red and dark berry flavors and a touch of cherry skin. Smooths out with air, picking up a smoky note and finishing with firm but harmonious tannins and excellent persistence. Let this promising wine age for at least five more years. I also had the chance to re-taste the excellent 2009 here: it was showing an energetic, red fruit-dominated personality, with a sexy floral nuance and supple tannins. The 2007, which I tasted alongside, showed uncommon elegance for the vintage, with intense raspberry and cherry character and a long, sweet finish."
68% grenache, 15% mourvedre, 13% syrah and 4% cinsault
The average age of the vines is 40 years, with some vines dating back to the early 1900s. All the grapes are hand harvested during multiple passes through the vines. The wine is feremented in cement tanks, lasting anywhere from 3-4 weeks; the cap is punched down and the wine is pumped over. Ageing takes place in neutral wood. The wines are neither filtered nor fined.
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At only eight hectares in size, this miniscule, ultra-traditional estate produces tiny quantities of just one wine: no luxury cuvee, no specialty blend, just a stunningly pure and complex Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Owner Claude Courtil is the godson of none other than Henri Bonneau, one of the most legendary and revered producers in the region, and he learned everything he knows about winemaking from his godfather. Henri and Claude share a deeply held commitment to natural winemaking: manual vineyard work, traditional aging in large foudres, and bottling without intrusive fining and filtration. A reserved, introspective man, Courtil sold his entire production to negociants until the 1996 vintage, and he has been producing steadily more impressive and complete wine ever since -- though the '96 is an extremely gorgeous Chateauneuf in its own right! This is truly a special domaine, and one that is extremely deserving of your attention.
The blend consists of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre.