The 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is the most backward and impenetrable of the three Grand Veneur cuvées, hence my reluctance in a blind tasting to elevate it above the others. It still shows incredible concentration and promise, combining mocha, cherry and plum notes with masses of chewy tannins. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see it perform better in five or ten years.
From barrel, the sensationally rich and concentrated Châteauneuf du Pape “Vieilles Vignes” (Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah aged in concrete tanks and small barrels) is more polished, elegant and seamless, with blockbuster notes of ripe black fruits, crushed herbs, pepper, plums and violets. You almost need a fork to drink this beauty, yet it’s never heavy or over the top, has incredible purity and present, ripe tannin.
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