Domaine Charvin Chateauneuf du Pape 2017
|Region||France, Rhone, Chateauneuf-du-Pape|
Not yet bottled, Charvin's 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape appears slightly disappointing in the context of previous efforts. It has the estate's characteristic lifted red fruits-pie cherries and red raspberries-and almost Muscat-like spice notes, but it doesn't yet seem as complete or elegant as the 2015 or 2016. It's medium to full-bodied, with a silky feel to the mid-palate, but there are some drying tannins on the finish. Give it a couple of years in the cellar, then drink it over the next decade. The assemblage is 82% Grenache, 5% each Mourvèdre and Syrah, plus 4% each Counoise and Vaccarèse, all matured in concrete.