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Châteauneuf-du-Pape Urgonien 1.14 red

77% Grenache, 23% Mourvèdre from Urgonien limestone soils, destemmed, 3-4 week vinification, pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, twice weekly cap punching, aged 80% concrete vat, 20% 1-2 year old 228-litre oak casks 12-15 months, unfined, 4,000 b

2015 *****

(vat/casks) the robe is very dark, black at its centre. The nose involves ripe blackberry fruit with a lean towards liqueur, such is the ripeness and depth. The palate is full and robust, courses with a thick black cherry juice. The tannins give a little freshness, and fit around it pretty well. Mourvèdre influences are strong here (tasted blind, it turns out to be 23%), and bring a plunge of tight late depth. Really solid and striking wine, for the long-term, when it will become handsome. 15°. 4,000 b. €29 at the cellars. GB£32-35. Harvested 15 Sept 2015. From 2020. 2033-35 Sept 2016

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