2016 Domaine Giraud Chateauneuf du Pape
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale: $44.94 (was: $49.94)
"...this is one of those cases where you have to wonder if it’s worth the cost of the special cuvées when this wine is so good." - Jeb Dunnuck
It hasn’t been long since the release of the first 2016 Châteauneuf du Papes, and it already appears pretty clear that the “early hype is justified” (Wine Advocate). With an extraordinary high level of quality proving to be even better than the well-loved 2015s, 2016 is, according to Dunnuck, the “greatest young vintage from the Southern Rhône Valley I’ve ever tasted.” A clear winner is of course Domaine Giraud, and their classic cuvee is a double 95-points gem that ought to be in every Rhone lover’s cellar.
Even Jeb Dunnuck’s review of their so-called ‘entry-level’ cuvee signs off with: “buy a case of this, trust me.” At under fifty bucks per bottle, this will outlast and outperform many of the prestige cuvees from far more pedigreed domaines.
Showing complex and vibrant character to the vintage, the 2016 Giraud Châteauneuf du Pape is a testament to the exacting organic farming methods of Marie and François Giraud. Prior to 1998, Domaine Giraud sold off its crop, and since the family began estate bottling, they’ve benefited from the remarkable talents of Phillipe Cambie, an old rugby chum of Pierre Giraud.
Cambie is now one of the Rhone’s most celebrated oenologists, and Domaine Giraud is arguably his greatest partnership. 2016 satisfies “both the intellectual and the hedonistic” elements of Châteauneuf du Pape, and you'll want to get enough to enjoy over the next 20 years. Cheers!