2015 Domaine Grand Veneur Châteauneuf du Pape Vieille Vignes
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $84.94 (reg. $109.94)
Ever since Grand Veneur’s 2010 Châteauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes nabbed a perfect score from Parker, demand has been through the rough, and with the hype surrounding 2015 in the Rhone, the latest Vieilles Vignes is sure to be gone in a flash. Fortunately, we have an allocation of this superb 2015 available for you today and it is sure to be as explosive and superlative a Châteauneuf as Grand Veneur has ever released. Jeb Dunnuck awarded the Vieille Vignes 97 points, writing that it is “impeccably balanced and shows the best of this vintage.” The unusually high proportion (40%) of Mourvedre accounts for the exceptional density and exotic aromatics, while also practically guaranteeing this will have decades of life ahead.
Grand Veneur is "one of the most ambitious estates" in Châteauneuf according to Robert parker. Managed by Sebastien and Christope Jaume, whose family has owned the property since 1826, the entire Grand Veneur portfolio is “packed with both quality and value" (Wine Advocate). Their three Châteauneuf cuvees however, are the stars of the show. The Vieille Vignes is always the densest and most bristling with power as it comes from the oldest parcels on the estate, in the northernmost sector. The organically farmed old vines have deep roots, and the structure of the Vieilles Vignes can go for decades, though it should show well as early as five years after vintage. This is an exceptional modern-day producer in Chateauneuf and their top cuvee will disappear off the shelves quickly, so contacts us today.