La Bastide Saint Dominique Chateauneuf du Pape Les Hesperides 2017
|Region||France, Rhone, Chateauneuf-du-Pape|
|Brand||La Bastide Saint Dominique|
Mostly Grenache from Pignan with small amounts of Mourvèdre and Syrah, the 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape Les Hesperides offers a ripe, complex style that carries beautiful notes of black raspberries, forest floor, bouquet garni, leather, and ground pepper. This rich, sexy Châteauneuf du Pape has ultra-fine tannins, no hard edges, plenty of mid-palate depth, and a great finish.
Limpid ruby. Oak-tinged red and blue fruit, spicecake and floral pastille aromas pick up licorice and smoky mineral notes as the wine opens up. Sappy and well-concentrated yet also energetic, offering palate-staining black raspberry and blueberry compote flavors that are braced by a spine of juicy acidity. Delivers an attractive combination of richness and elegance and finishes long and seamless, with building tannins and a lingering vanilla note.
The 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape les Hesperides is a 50-50 blend of Grenache and Mourvèdre from the Les Bédines lieu-dit that's aged in a combination of demi-muids and stainless steel. It comes across as slightly green and herbal at first, then adds stone fruit and dark chocolate notes. Full-bodied and silky in texture, it's an intriguing wine and well worth a try.