Domaine des Senechaux Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2017
Intense and expressive with youthful aromas dominated by fresh fruit (raspberry and cherry), delicately spiced and enhanced by an oaky note. On the palate, ample, fresh and fruity with ripe blackcurrant, raspberry and jammy sour cherry. Well-balanced with spicy flavors (licorice and pepper). Complex, with soft resin notes and a touch of oak. Fine tannins for a smooth, very harmonious texture. Blend: 47% Grenache Noir, 32% Syrah, 19% Mourv dre, 2% Cinsault-Vaccar se The 2017 Ch teauneuf Du Pape checks in as 48% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 22% Mourv dre brought up largely in foudres, with small amounts in old barrels and concrete tanks. Deeply colored (more so than normal) with powerful notes of blackberries, currants, ground pepper, leafy herbs, and hints of seaweed wrappers (think sushi wrappers), it hits the palate with a full-bodied concentrated, powerful style that carries polished tannins, ample fruit, and a great finish. Marking a subtle shift in style here, this red will benefit from 3-4 years of bottle age. Domaine S n chaux has turned out a lovely 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape. Pencil shavings accent mixed red and black cherries on the nose, adding hints of baking spices and vanilla. It’s a blend of 48% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 22% Mourv dre, aged mainly in foudres, with some barrels mixed in, and 10% staying in concrete tanks. Full-bodied, supple, ripe and intense, it’s modern in style and hits all the marks yet retains a sense of restraint. Tasted twice (once blind), with consistent results. Mulled plum and blackberry flavors glide along, laced with hints of licorice root, dark tobacco and warm earth. Stays velvety in feel through the finish, with the earthy notes echoing longest. Grenache, Syrah, Mourv dre, Cinsault and Vaccar se.