M Chapoutier, Chateauneuf-du-Pape Pie VI, 2017
Region: Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
Bottle size: 75cl
Grape: Grenache 65%, Syrah 35%
WA: 93 points
Notes: Organic, Biodynamic
Notes of blackberry jelly and aromatic herbs emerge once the wine has had a chance to breathe. Soft with velvety tannins on entry, the palate shows a lovely balance of concentration and complexity. The notes of liqueurs and rich juice give way to hints of soft spice and dark chocolate on the finish.
Lower terraces of the Rhône, old alluvial deposits, pebbles over Creteceous marl. This year, it was the climate and its extremes that gave us an incredible and very surprising vintage. 2017 was a year in which the elegance and balance of the wines and the softness of the tannins contrasted with a growing season of extreme weather phenomena and an exceptionally small harvest in the south.