La Bastide Saint Dominique Chateauneuf du Pape Secrets de Pignan 2017
|Region||France, Rhone, Chateauneuf-du-Pape|
|Brand||La Bastide Saint Dominique|
All Grenache, all stainless steel, all pleasure, the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Secrets de Pignan comes from the Pignan (Nord) lieu-dit. It couldn't be more different from the domaine's regular cuvée, boasting bright cherries and stone fruit up front, then a wonderfully full, lush mouthfeel and a long, silky finish. It should drink well for at least a decade.
A tiny production cuvée, the 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape Les Secrets De Pignan comes from a famous vineyard located in the heart of the appellation (it's just beside Rayas) and is all Grenache brought up in stainless steel. Ripe, sexy notes of blueberries, black cherries, melted licorice, candied violets, and some loamy soil notes all flow to a powerful, ripe, opulent wine that has moderate acidity, ripe yet present tannins, and a great, great finish. This is one sexy Châteauneuf Du Pape that's already drinking nicely yet should evolve for at least 10-15 years.
Glistening ruby. Ripe red and blue fruit, floral and spice qualities on the expansive nose. Stains the palate with sweet blueberry, raspberry and cherry flavors that are underscored by a vein of juicy acidity, which adds back-end lift and sharp definition. Finishes broad, smooth and impressively long, leaving intense dark berry and floral notes behind.