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"What especially impresses me about the 2015 vintage in Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the consistently high quality of the wines, from entry-level bottlings up to the limited-production special cuvées coveted by collectors. There are striking wines to be had at every price point in 2015, including numerous basic bottlings that deliver exceptional value.” --Josh Reynolds

Le Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf du Pape 2015 $59.99

(93-95) Robert Parker

The 2015 Chteauneuf du Pape is a classic blend of 75% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvdre and 5% Cinsault, mostly from rolled stone terroirs, that was partially destemmed and will see 15 months all in foudre. It boasts a deep ruby/purple color as well as full-bodied richness, sweet tannin and textbook Southern Rhne notes of cured meats, toasted spice, garrigue and ample red and black fruits. It will have two decades or more of prime drinking.

Along with a small handful of other estates, I consider Claire Michel’s Le Vieux Donjon at the top of the heap when it comes to classic, age-worthy and traditionally made Châteauneuf du Papes.

Fortia Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition 2015 $37.99

(88-90) Robert Parker

The 2015 Chteauneuf du Pape Tradition (65% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 5% Mourvdre aged all in foudre) is a classic Chteauneuf that has ample red fruits (strawberries, raspberries), garrigue and leather nuances in a rich, nicely textured style.

One of the most historically important estates of the appellation, Chateau Fortia has been making wines since the late 1700s. It is well-known in French winedom that the owner of this property, Baron Pierre Le Roy, first promulgated very strict regulations under which Chateauneuf du Pape could be produced, This doctrine became the founding principles of the entire French appellation system in 1936. The wines from Chateau Fortia are always competent and well made.

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