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Chateau de Vaudieu Famille Brechet Chateauneuf-du-Pape l'Avenue 2016  - First Bottle


97+ Jeb Dunnuck -
The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape L'Avenue is all Grenache sourced from a single parcel near the estate and aged 18 months in demi-muids. This deeply colored beauty boasts a huge perfume of black raspberries, blackberries, dried flowers, bouquet garni, and sandy/loamy soil notes. With a powerful, concentrated, structured style, incredible purity of fruit, and tons of tannin on the finish, hide bottles for 3-5 years, count yourself lucky, and enjoy over the following decade or more.
97 Wine Enthusiast -
Baked black cherries and blueberries are shaded by leather, toast and spice in this rich, decadent Grenache. It's voluminous but not dense, expanding on the palate in creamy swirls. Fine, rigid tannins feel a bit bullish in youth but should meld by 2021. The wine should improve for another decade, likely much longer. *Cellar Selection*
96 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
The 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape l'Avenue is entirely Grenache from the lieu-dit Vaudieu, aged in demi-muids. Loaded with black cherries, cedar and vanilla, it's a full-bodied, plush sexpot of a wine. Velvety, intense, long and layered, this wine has it all. If only there were more than 350 cases of this elixir.
96 Wine Spectator -
Intense, with a gorgeous core of crushed plum, boysenberry and blackberry pâte de fruit flavors, inlaid liberally with fruit cake, licorice snap and graphite notes. Fruit pumps through the finish while a graphite edge lends support and a black tea hint checks in.
95 Vinous -
Glistening ruby-red. Powerful red and blue fruit, floral pastille, exotic spice and incense aromas pick up a smoky mineral nuance as the wine stretches out. Fleshy and expansive in the mouth, offering spice- and smoke-inflected raspberry, boysenberry, lavender pastille and succulent herb flavors and a touch of candied licorice. Finishes seamless, sweet and impressively long, with an echo of juicy red fruit and delicate tannins that add discreet grip.

Technical Details

  • BlendGrenache
  • CountryFrance
  • RegionRhone Valley
  • AppellationChateauneuf-du-Pape
  • Aging/Cooperage18 months in demi-muids
  • Alcohol15%
  • Production350 Cases cases

Chateau de Vaudieu Famille Brechet Chateauneuf-du-Pape l'Avenue 2016

Rhone Blends  |  France
JD97+, WE97, WA96, WS96, VN95

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With a string of press like the one following this wine, it's undoubtedly a beautiful representation of the CDP upper echelon. Only 2 cases to share. At this price? YES PLEASE!

About the Producer

Vaudieu is the flagship of the Brechet family. It spreads over 123 acres of the best terroirs of the appellation as one massive contiguous vineyard. Vaudieu's size and diversity is one of the crown jewel vineyards of the appellation.