The 2020 Châteauneuf Du Pape Prestige is a solid step up and brings another level of purity and precision. Based on 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and the rest a mix of permitted varieties, it has stunning aromatics of red and black fruits, roasted garrigue, spring flowers, and a hint of graphite. With full-bodied richness, moderate acidity, ripe, velvety tannins, and one heck of a great finish, it’s one of the gems in the vintage.jd
Black raspberries and flowers gently intertwine on the nose of the 2020 Chateauneuf du Pape Prestige a Grenache-dominated blend drawn from the lieux-dits of les Brusquières and Cabrières. Full-bodied and silky it's dense and rich yet finishes fresh adding seemingly contradictory hints of dark chocolate.
Dark and brooding this reveals layers of black fruit edged in iron and smoke. Tightly coiled on the palate with highlights of violet tea forest floor and cumin emerging with time. Slightly grippy tannins hold firm and this will benefit from a few years in the cellar for the full range of flavors to open up. Grenache Syrah Mourvèdre Counoise and Vaccarèse. Best from 2024 through 2038. ?J.M.