The beautiful Ogier Chateauneuf-du-Pape Safres 2016

The beautiful Ogier Chateauneuf-du-Pape Safres 2016

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"it's a beautiful wine" Jeb Dunnuck
Chateauneuf-du-Pape is an interesting area. The soils here vary from huge river pebbles to fine sand. Not surprisingly the different soil types create wines of unique styles. Andrew Jefford in Decanter Magazine says "Let me put it another way. The red wines of Châteauneuf range from beefy to 'burgundian'. If you want beefy, look for galets roulés. If you want 'burgundian', look for sand."

Ask Chateauneuf aficionados which soil they think produces the best wines and a high proportion will say the sandy sites. And in particular wines that are very high in Grenache. It is a Chateauneuf marriage made in heaven.

This soil is know as Safres and it is a contributing factor in the style and character of Chateau Rayas.

Whilst we'd all like to stock up on Chateau Rayas it is just not possible so I am always on the lookout for other Chateauneuf-du-Pape produced on the sandy soils. For me these are the most expressive wines with raspberry fruit, refreshing acid and real finesse.

The Chateauneuf-du-Pape Safres 2016 from Ogier is one such wine. It is stylish and profound. Rhone expert Jeb Dunnuck says "it's a beautiful wine" - not words typically associated with the Rhone.

We have a nice allocation of the 2016 which we present today at a 25% Pre Arrival Discount.

2016 is an exceptional vintage. Jeb Dunnuck loves it :"The 2016 vintage was truly extraordinary for the Southern Rhône and is a vintage that readers should buy with abandon. This is the greatest young vintage from the Southern Rhône Valley I've ever tasted, both in terms of quality as well as consistency. While these are ripe, concentrated, and exuberant wines, they also show an incredible purity of fruit as well as weightless, sensationally balanced profiles on the palate. They are complex, powerful wines that satisfy both the intellectual and the hedonistic parts of the brain. Rhône lovers will be comparing the 2016s, 2010s, and 2007s long into the future, and you will want these wines in your cellar."

The Wine Cellar Insider says "2016 Chateauneuf du Pape is the single most, consistent vintage for any appellation I have ever tasted! Almost every wine I tasted showed promise, offering consistently, complex aromatics, silky tannins, freshness, balance and at the top end, you find a beautiful purity of fruit, with finishes that do not want to quit." Decanter states "Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2016 red wines have a 'remarkable density of ripe tannins' and are, unsurprisingly, among the standard bearers for one of the best Southern Rhône vintages in recent memory." Wine Scholar Guild waxes "2016 is going to be a fabulous vintage! And if some compare it to the magnificent 2010, some others do not hesitate to go as far as the famous star-vintage 1990... Either way, the evidence that we are witnessing the making of a great vintage is clear."

The message is clear - If you love Chateauneuf-du-Pape buy up whilst you can!
Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Safres 2016
Landed Price $99.95 a bottle
Special Pre Arrival Price $74.95

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Jeb Dunnuck: The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Safres shines for its elegance and seamlessness more than its power and richness. Dried red fruits, spice, some dried flowers, and garrigue notes all flow to a medium to full-bodied red that just glides over the palate. A blend of 95% Grenache and 5% Cinsault, it's a beautiful wine. 93 Points

James Suckling Tasting Report: Rich, sweet-raspberry, pepper, herb and fresh, floral allure. The palate is smoothly layered with supple, fine and easy tannins. Long and succulent. Superb, energetic finish. Drink or hold. 93 Points

To view and purchase the wine on line click here. You may also order by email to or by telephone. 

To view the full range of 2016's from Ogier click here.


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Les Darons Languedoc rouge 2015
Whilst you're waiting for your 2016 Chteauneufs to mature here's a super Rhone-style red to enjoy.

Only 21 bottles left.

Once a source only for cheap bulk wine, Languedoc is now proving its ability to make wonderful terroir wines at very reasonable prices. The region is thriving with so many exciting wine producers you hardly know where to turn.

The wines of the Languedoc have a lot in common with their relatives from the southern Rhone. Traditional Rhone varieties like Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache and Carignan are favoured by those with an eye to quality.

Jeb Dunnuck - eRobert Parker:
What looks like another great vintage here, the 2015 AOP Languedoc les Darons is made from 75% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 5% Carignan; grapes were completely destemmed, and fermented and aged all in concrete tanks. It sees absolutely no oak whatsoever. This medium to full-bodied, plump, rounded, downright sexy 2015 has lots of blueberry, violets, and jammy black cherry aromas and flavors; it has terrific purity of fruit, good acidity and an overriding sense of elegance. If it came from a more prestigious appellation in the southern Rhone, it would go for three times the price. 91-93 Points
Darren Harris: On the nose this is all raspberry and blueberry - the Grenache to the fore. It is very Chateauneuf - but not quite. A great palate - slinky, juicy, fresh with flowers and a liquorice/pastille character. It is bright and pure. Succulent. Deep. Not too ripe - more mouthcoating and textured - the alcohol well and truly under control. Then it finishes with defined acid, fine tannins and some garrigue. Gosh, this is a good drink. 
Normally $32.50
Special $26.00
Click here to view and order on our website.


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