2020 Chateau Mont-Redon Chateauneuf du Pape
Made from a blend of 60% Grenache Noir, 30% Syrah, 8% Mourvèdre & 2% Cinsault, Counoise, Muscardin & Vaccarèse. Very deep black dark red core with a dark red purple hue. Wafting through the olfactory senses are black raspberry and liquorice scents infused with a mix of graphite and pepper. Some herb du Provence and spicy earth notes are also evident. Rich, concentrated and succulent, black raspberry, liquorice and black cherry fruits are layered across the sizeable palate. Ripe chewy tannins lend a muscular feel with earthy graphite and peppered dried herb elements lingering underneath. Superb power and depth concluding long, dense and meaty.
Drink over the next 6-8 years.
The deeply fragrant nose pulls you inexorably into this majestic Chateauneuf. So vibrant and refined for this amount of power and concentration. Breathtaking Mediterranean herbal freshness at the super-long finish.
The classic 2020 Châteauneuf Du Pape is straight-up terrific and excels in the vintage. It will be interesting to compare this to the Le Plateau over the coming 20 years or so. Giving up lots of red and blue fruits, violets, flowers, and hints of graphite, it’s medium to full-bodied, has a layered, seamless mouthfeel, beautifully integrated tannins, and remarkable purity as well as length. It’s a brilliant Châteauneuf du Pape from this talented team that readers will love to have in their cellars. Enjoy bottles any time over the coming 15-20 years. Drink 2022-2042.