I continue to think the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Centenaire lags behind past great vintages of this cuvée, yet it’s nevertheless a beautiful wine. Coming all from the northern sector of the Farguerol lieu-dit in the northern part of the appellation and all Grenache that was partially destemmed and aged in a mix of concrete and demi-muids, it has a lighter ruby hue as well as a beautiful bouquet of ripe cherries, , kirsch, black tea, violets, honeysuckle, and licorice. Playing in the medium to full-bodied end of the spectrum, it’ s seamless and elegant on the palate, with light tannins and beautiful balance, yet it lacks the depth, richness, and power of a top vintage. Drink this elegantly styled beauty over the coming two decades.
Published : 2020-02-13