Patrick Lesec Bargeton Châteauneuf-du-Pape Grenache Blend 2018
- Rich, full-bodied
We’re getting into regal territory here with this one. It’s small production CdP made mostly from old-vine grenache with small amounts of mourvedre and syrah thrown in. In most vintages, Patrick destems before ferment, but chose to go with whole clusters for 2018. This results in an immensely complex wine that can cellar for ages. The folks over at Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, a crew that scores wines rather tightly, have given this beautiful drop an impressive 97 points. We can’t really add much to that, so we’ll let the wine do the talking from here.
The Wine Advocate
“Sourced mainly from an old-vine (mainly Grenache) parcel in the Cristia lieu-dit (sandy soils), Lesec's 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Bargeton was made using all whole clusters. Delicate notes of roses, garrigue, cherries and subtle dried spices mingle easily on the nose of this full-bodied but delicate, filigreed wine. It's hugely complex and full flavored, without any excess weight or richness. It should be a beauty.”
It’s cool, we get it, you want to know absolutely everything about this wine. Well here you go, go nuts.
- Alcohol by Vol.
- Bottle Vol
- Blend Info
- 80% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, 5% Syrah
- Serving Temp.
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.