(94-96). In contrast to the Piedlong, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape is a darker, richer wine. Yes, there are ripe cherries but also cola, blueberries and spice. Full-bodied and rich, it should easily outdistance the 2015.
Daniel Brunier said that all of the estate’s 2016 reds are 15.5% alcohol or more, yet I didn’t find excessive heat in any of them—a testament to the richness of the wines and the balance achieved in this vintage. With similar growing seasons and yields between 2015 and 2016, Brunier says, « I don’t know where comes the differences. » The family’s joint venture with American importer Kermit Lynch, Domaine Les Pallières, is also worth a strong look.