La Bastide Saint Dominique Chateauneuf du Pape Les Hesperides 2019
|France, Rhone, Chateauneuf-du-Pape
|La Bastide Saint Dominique
An even split of Grenache and Mourvèdre brought up mostly in tank (20% in demi-muids), the 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape Les Hesperides is a dense, meaty, powerful wine offering a monster bouquet of black cherry and blackberry fruits as well as roasted meats, chocolate, bouquet garni, and spice. Beautifully textured on the palate, it's full-bodied and powerful yet stays light and graceful, with building tannins and a great finish. It's another head-turning good wine from this estate.
The 2019 Chateauneuf du Pape les Hesperides is a 50-50 blend of Grenache and Mourvèdre from a parcel of vines in les Bédines, planted in the 1950s. Aged mainly in tank (20% went into demi-muids), it features scents of raspberries, blackberries and plums, plus plenty of dried spices. Full-bodied and creamy-supple on the palate, it turns velvety on the long, intense finish. Nicely done.