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Cuvée Anonyme Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2016

Cuvée Anonyme Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2016
95
PARKER
16
JANCIS ROBINSON
92
SUCKLING
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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
Region
Grapes
Producer
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti15.0%

The wine

Cuvée Anonyme is appropriately named, as it is impossible to know the exact blend of this cuvée that comes from "collector vines" where many grape varieties are planted. 100-year-old Grenache, but also Vaccarèse, Counoise, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Terret Noir and Muscardin.

It has a more than limited performance since three vines were required for each bottle produced. Traditional winemaking, with a long maceration of approximately one month. Aging for more than 15 months: 25% in French oak barrels (Allier –Tronçais), 25% in barrels, 25% in semi-silent, 25% in concrete tanks. Very low SO2 dose and light filtration.

What does this wine taste like?

Light
Bold
Smooth
Tannic
Dry
Sweet
Soft
Acidic
View
Intense red / Ruby-red glints
Bouquet
Cassis / Sweet spices / Balsamic notes / Shrubland
Mouth
Powerful / Fresh / Well-integrated tannins

Drinking and storing

Serve between 15ºC and 17ºC

Food pairing

Duck with red fruits / Roast pigeon / Roast lamb / Roquefort cheese / Brie and camembert type cheese

Ratings and awards

201892+? PK
201795-97 PK
201695 PK16 JR92 SK
201594 PK91 SK90 WS
PK: ParkerJR: Jancis robinsonSK: SucklingWS: Wine spectator

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker, Suckling, and Jancis Robinson

The striking 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Anonyme is 60% Grenache, 25% Mourvèdre and the rest minor varieties (there's no Syrah). Aged in a mix of foudres, demi-muids, barriques and concrete tanks, it shows hints of mocha and toast on the nose, but the blackberry and red plum fruit is mouthwatering and fresh, richly concentrated and spicy. Full-bodied, it manages to be ripe, silky and concentrated, while remaining crisp on the lengthy finish. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.

— Joe Czerwinski (31/10/2018)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2016 - 95 PARKER

Aromas of roses and purple cherries, as well as cassis, leading to a palate that delivers a very fresh, vibrant core of blue and purple berries. Drink or hold.

— James Suckling (11/10/2019)JamesSuckling.com Vintage 2016 - 92 SUCKLING

Cask sample. Baked fruit on the nose, firm but entirely spherical tannic feel which allows this to be drinkable now. Reasonably simple finish, but plenty of enjoyable fruit.

— Richard Hemming (10/10/2017)JancisRobinson.com Vintage 2016 - 16 JANCIS ROBINSON

Customer reviews

4.7/5
10 reviews
Vintage:

Winemaking

Vinification materialConcrete / Wood
Ageing period15 months
Barrel ageNew
Type of woodFrench oak
Clarification and filtrationSoft filtering before bottling

Vineyards

ClimateContinental with Mediterranean influence
YieldsModerate yields

The winery

Xavier Vignon

With a vast experience working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, the US and South Africa, and over 20 years as winemaking consultant at Châteauneuf du Pape and other wineries in the south Rhône valley, Xavier Vignon is currently considered to be one of the top oenologists in the region. Using his deep knowledge of the world of wine, alongside the utmost respect for terroir and the environment, Xavier seeks inspiration in a range of...

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