While just bottled the week prior to this tasting, the 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape Vieilles Vignes wasn’t showing any worse for it and offered a beautiful perfume of blackberries, raspberries, ground pepper, and garrigue. The purity of fruit is spot on, it’s medium to full-bodied, has a balanced texture, and a great finish.
Even better, the 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape Le Cauchant, which includes a good chunk of Mourvèdre, offers more structure and depth, with perfumed red and black fruits, tobacco, earth, game, and peppery nuances. I love its overall balance, it has silky tannins, medium to full-bodied richness, and just loads to love. Drink it over the coming 15 years or more.
And lastly, the 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape La Bessade is a more Grenache-dominated wine offering medium to full-bodied aromas and flavors of ripe cherries, strawberries, Provençal garrigue, and peppery spice. Fermented with 20% stems, it has silky, polished tannins, wonderful balance, and a great finish. Drink this fabulous 2019 over the coming 10-15 years.