Châteauneuf-du-Pape "Charles Giraud"

2019
France
Rhône

The tête de cuvée of the domaine, made from the oldest vines in two parcels, les Serres and le Cristia. Les Serres is very warm and has the famous galets and gravel soil; Cristia has a sandy soil. A blend of 60% Grenache from 80-year-old vines, 35% Mourvèdre from 60-year-old vines, and 5% 65-year-old Syrah. 100% whole cluster fermentation. Aged for 18 months in 600L used barrels. This wine has a huge capacity to age. It's the most structured of the Saint Prefert wines. Charles Giraud was Ferrando's grandfather from her father's side. 

 

 

97-99 points
"Lastly, the 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape Collection Charles Giraud checks in as normal split of 60/40 Grenache and Mourvèdre brought up in used demi-muids. It’s a killer 2019 in the making and has lots of violets, peppery meat, and spice aromatics, loads of cassis and red currant fruits, a deep, full-bodied mouthfeel, building tannins, and the purity, intensity, and length that this estate seems to deliver in just about every vintage."
Jeb Dunnuck
, October 2020
97 points
"This is large in scale, showing off a range of cassis, red tea, crushed plum, warmed cherry compote, Turkish coffee, melted red licorice and warm earth flavors, all seamlessly layered and carried through a lush, yet focused finish. The warm earth note provides the ground wire in the end as the fruit takes an encore. Gorgeous. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah. Best from 2024 through 2040."
James Molesworth,
Wine Spectator
, October 2021
97 points
"Opaque ruby. A complex, expansive bouquet evokes ripe red7blue fruits, exotic spices and potpourri, all enlivened by a smoky mineral nuance that builds as the wine opens up. Sweet, chewy and energetic in the mouth, offering concentrated black raspberry, boysenberry, violet pastille and fruitcake flavors that show excellent clarity and back-end lift. The mineral and floral notes build on an insanely long, penetrating finish shaped by emerging, polished tannins. This monumental wine was fermented in concrete tanks and raised in demi-muids."
Josh Raynolds,
Vinous Media
, October 2021

SKU/Code: 
DB7359-19
Product Line: 
National Portfolio
Wine
Red
Varietal: 
Grenache
Farming Type: 
Organic