François-Xavier Nicolas Jardin des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2019
- Rich, full-bodied
François-Xavier Nicolas is a young Rhône superstar who, after working with producers in the area, became one in 2011. We are very glad he did! Just ten years in and his wines are world-renowned with this wine receiving a massive 97 points from the Decanter World Wine Awards.
His Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a classic blend of grenache, syrah and mourvèdre with notes of ripe raspberries, liquorice and so much spice that unfolds as the wine opens up. Body-wise, it’s full with a solid structure and abundant, lush tannins. A great example of the style - this is a powerful wine that if drunk young needs some time in a decanter, and will benefit from a few years of cellaring.
“Enticing herbal touch on the nose, followed by red cherry, cranberry and spices. The palate is fresh and balanced, displaying fine tannins and a slight saline touch. Long finish, enjoyably structured and fragrant.”
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- Blend Info
- 75% Grenache 10% Mourvedre 15% Syrah
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My sister Nicci calls these "puddingstone wines", because the vines are literally grown on soils lightly covering giant boulders roughly translated as "pudding stones". Châteauneuf-du-Pape has a rich history, and the reds (usually grenache-predominant) can be a blend of up to 13 grape varieties, including some cheeky whites to round out the mix. The resultant wines are complex, brooding but usually not giant, and delicious. Especially if you call them puddingstone wines.