The 2019 Chateauneuf du Pape Colombis is all old-vine Grenache vinified entirely as whole clusters and matured in demi-muids. On the nose there are some minty-stemmy notes but also wonderful suggestions of garrigue and vibrant fruit?red raspberries cherries and stone fruit. It's full-bodied and silky on the mid-palate then long spicy-peppery and firmly tannic on the finish. While not unapproachable or unenjoyable even now it should benefit from several years cellaring and live close to two decades. Tasted twice (once blind) with consistent notes.
One of my favorite wines in the world the Châteauneuf du Pape Colombis is all old vine Grenache from the Colombis lieu-dit located on the western side of the appellation. The 2019 sports a healthy ruby/purple color as well as a classic Grenache bouquet of black raspberries herbes de Provence peppery spice and flowery incense. Already complex it’s full-bodied has a wonderful sense of purity beautiful tannins and a great finish. This is power paired with elegance and few wines do it so well. It’s going to drink beautifully for 15-20+ years.jd
Deep shimmering ruby. Expansive mineral- and spice-accented red and dark berry preserve incense cola and garrigue qualities on the finely detailed nose. Palate-staining cherry pie raspberry boysenberry floral pastille and fruitcake flavors show uncanny ener
So silky this version seems expressive at first but the core of cassis cherry purée and raspberry fruit is tightly coiled with both chalk and iron notes having their say stretching out in unison through the finish. Black tea and garrigue hints peek in as well which is a sign of what's to come after cellaring. Best from 2023 through 2036.