2015 Chateau de Beaucastel and 2015 Chateau de Vaudieu
As Fall arrives it’s time to revisit a few of our favorite wines in the shop, the 2015 Chateau de Vaudieu "L'Avenue" and 2015 Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape wines. Both wines are from the Chateauneuf du Pape appellation but there the similarities end. The Chateau de Vaudieu "L'Avenue" is 100% Grenache, grown in the heart of the appellation, while the Chateau de Beaucastel hails from the northern part of the appellation and uses all 13 varietals permitted in the making of Chateauneuf du Pape. Both are among the finest examples of Chateauneuf du Pape available and both carry some of the highest ratings given to the 2015 CDP vintage.
We have a limited amount of bottles in the wine shop so please stop by and pick up a bottle or two before they’re gone.
2015 Chateau de Vaudieu L’Avenue – Produced from 100% Grenache, from a terroir of rocks, clay and sand soil. The wine is aged in demi-muids for 18 months before bottling. The vines are planted in the Vaudieu lieu-dit, located in the very heart of the Chateauneuf du Pape appellation and as such are located in the stoniest of soils, perfect for the 65 year old vines to create superb Grenache grapes.
2015 Chateau de Beaucastel - Château de Beaucastel is 110 hectares of one single plot at the north of the appellation. The terroir is archetypal of the best terroirs in Châteauneuf: rolled pebbles on the surface, sand, clay and limestone deeper down. The vines are old and have been organically grown for 50 years, which has allowed the roots to grow exceptionally deep. Beaucastel grows all thirteen grape varieties authorized by the appellation.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - 2015 Chateau de Vaudieu L’Avenue / 94-96
"100% Grenache that’s aged all in demi-muids, the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape L'Avenue is similar to the Amiral G., yet is slightly more tight, focused and concentrated. Coming from a tiny strip of vines located right next to Rayas, it offers sensational notes of strawberry jam, kirsch, mulled blackberries, graphite and exotic spices to go with full-bodied richness and depth, as well as fine, sweet tannin. Give bottles 2-3 years of cellaring, count yourself lucky, and drink them over the following 15 years or more. Located just next to Rayas, this large, historic estate has been run with incredible precision and passion by Laurent Bréchet since 1990." (10/2016)
Jeb Dunnuck - 2015 Chateau de Beaucastel / 96+/100 points
"The 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape checks in as a blend of 30% each of Mourvèdre and Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise and the rest a mix of permitted varieties, and they’re more and more keeping the stems with Syrah component. This is a beauty that offers more depth and richness than just about every other wine in the vintage. Blackberry, black raspberries, garrigue, spice and hints of saddle leather all flow to a full-bodied, rich, layered 2015 that has a stacked, concentrated mid-palate, ripe, sweet tannin and an undeniable opulence that’s missing from too many 2015s. Marc Perrin compared this cuvée to 2001, and I can’t disagree with him. Drink this blockbuster beauty anytime over the coming two decades."