The 2021 Châteauneuf Du Pape has lots to like, revealing a deeper ruby hue, more masculine notes of blackcurrants, ground pepper, and roasted garrigue, medium-bodied richness, and a nicely concentrated, textured style on the palate. It’s drinking nicely today, as are most 2021s, yet has a solid 8-10 years of longevity ahead of it.
The 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Les Chorégies offers slightly more concentration as well as slightly more elegance. Beautiful notes of black raspberries, toasted spices, dried flowers, and licorice all emerge from this medium to full-bodied effort, which has a terrific mid-palate, ripe yet certainly present tannins, and a great finish.
ESTATE PRICEI loved the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Chorégies. Made from 80% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre, and 5% Syrah, brought up in neutral foudres and barrels, this puppy boasts tons of dark fruits, peppery herbs, earth and smoke in its full-bodied, concentrated, classical style. It’s terrific today and has some considerable upside.