Average age of vines about 60 y.o. in sandy north-facing soil in north-west of appellation. 85% Grenache, 5% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre and 5% Vaccarese. Vinified 100% whole-bunch, all raised in concrete tanks for 18-21 months, fined, unfiltered.
”The 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape from Laurent is the usual blend of 82% Grenache and the rest nearly equal parts Syrah, Mourvèdre, Vaccarèse, and Counoise that was brought up all in concrete tank. It shows the sunny, spicy, Provençal style of the vintage beautifully while still having incredible freshness in its red and black fruits as well as garrigue, ground pepper, spring flowers, and incense aromas and flavors. Gorgeous on the palate as well, this medium to full-bodied Châteauneuf du Pape is balanced and has terrific tannins, no hard edges, and a great finish. Rhône lovers need to have this beauty in their cellar, and it’s going to offer pleasure for a solid two decades.”
96 points, Jeb Dunnuck, March 2021
‘quite a full red robe; the nose is very smoky, lined with pepper, rosemary, plums, is a virile do, is going to open devilishly well in a large glass, is a right goer potentially. The palate is clad in firm gras, has a real good heartbeat, a proper structure; the second half really digs in, persists, intensifies, the tannins rocky on the outside, compact on the inside, serve a very good buttress. There’s good concentration here, it’s well orchestrated, its depth coming from within, the length very good. “I am super proud of this – there’s a lot of alcohol, it’s very rich, but you have floral-herbaceous airs on the nose, rosemary and thyme. It’s very airborne for a powerful year,” Laurent Charvin. 15.5°. Bottled end June 2021. From 2026. 2049-51 Oct 2021 Previously March 2021 ****(*) (vat) attractive red robe; the bouquet has rather Northern, cool take on life, shows nettles, pepper, ash-smoke, a pocket of plum fruit that can develop further. The palate comes with a fibrous texture, is also cool, threaded with plum fruit that is under wraps, while the tannins rule the second half, the length very steady. This will gradually build into itself, its freshness very much on its side, the cards to be played late rather than early. There is menthol, springy cut, on the aftertaste. It’s complex, feels as if it comes from thickets shaded from the sun by old truffle oaks, has character, and stands outside many 2019s in style. From 2025. 2046-48 March 2021’ 4(5) stars, John Livingstone-Learmonth, drinkrhone.com, March 2021.