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April 15, 2015

Châteauneuf-du-Pape: The Lively 2013s and the Lush 2012s

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Josh Reynolds reviewed the 2013 and 2012 vintages in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and quite rightly characterized the former as lively and the later as lush. If you’re a member of Vinous Media you can read all his reviews there. Here is a synopsis of the reviews for Château de Vaudieu, Clos Saint-Jean, Domaine la Janasse, Domaine de Marcoux, Domaine Giraud and Domaine Roger Sabon.

He captures the spirit of the 2013 vintage by saying:

“The best 2013 Châteauneufs offer an intriguing blend of vivacity (a result of the later ripening season, which helped to maintain acidity levels) and dark fruit character (because of the increased reliance on Mourvèdre and Syrah). I suspect that many fans of Châteauneuf-du Pape will find some of the ‘13s perplexing, as they often show less of the red fruit character that long-time southern Rhône lovers associate with these Grenache-dominated bottlings. On the other hand, those who associate this region’s wines with jammy berry fruit might find the 2013s more to their liking, as these wines usually exhibit less of the typical raspberry liqueur character that characterizes ripe vintages like 2009, 2007 and 2003. I believe fans of cooler vintages like 2008 and 2004 should pay special attention to the ’13s.”