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Chateauneuf 2016 – Primeur tasting!

May 7, 2018

2018 Chateauneuf 2016 tasting part 2

2016 will be a legend vintage according to Thierry Usseglio!!  It was very interesting to taste these 2016 barrel samples at very early stage compared to the same wines from great vintages 5 or 10 years older!!
2015 Gerard Thomas Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Les Murgers des Dents de Chien
Nice nose of honey, citrus, mineral, silex… Yellow apple, good fatness, hint of citrus, lacking a bit acidity and tension (91 points)

2014 Domaine Thomas Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Les Murgers des Dents de Chien
Very sharp nose, citrus, hint of petrol, grilled hazelnut… Delicious, yellow apple, ananas, nice refreshing acidity, good lenght, great St-Aubin!! (93 points)

2015 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Côtes du Rhône
Huge nose of bacon, smoked meat, ripe black cherries… Delicious sappy red cherries, average lenght, nice striking refreshing acidity! (92 points)

2010 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Côtes du Rhône
Very black cherries nose, characoal, black licorice, ripe black cherries… Huge concentration, super silky tannin, black ripe cherries, sweet finish, amazing concentration for a Côtes du Rhone!! (93 points)

2016 Le Clos du Caillou Côtes du Rhône Les Quartz
Beautiful, very black nose with strawberries, mineral, almost lactic… Super delicious silky tannin, lovely ripe red cherries, mineral, nice acidity, great balance, great wine!! (94 points)

2016 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Huge nose of animal, dried meat, herbes de Provence, bacon fat… Delicious red cherries, delicate taste, great balancing acidity, delicious!! (93 points)

2010 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Nice nose of soy sauce, roasted meat, ripe red cherries… super silky tannins, ripe black cherries, very concentrated and god lenght! (93 points)

2016 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée de mon Aïeul
Huge nose of herbes de Provence, oriental spices, roasted meat, nice freshness, sandalwood… Whaouwwwww, super silky tannin, sappy ripe red cherries, cèpes de Bordeaux, lenght of 45 sec!! (99 points)

2016 Le Clos du Caillou Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine du Caillou Les Quartz
Huge very black, almost metallic mineral nose, ripe black cherries… Wow, super silky tannin, sappy red cherries, super nice length of 45 sec, great Quartz!! (98 points)

2016 Le Clos du Caillou Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Réserve
Huge nose of ripe red cherries, mineral nose, rose petal, smoked meat, animal…. Very concentrated, tannin present, sappy red cherries, length of 60 seconds, great great wine!! (100 points)

2016 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve des Deux Frères
Fabulous and very modern nose of sous-bois, hint of vanilla, mushrooms, black cherries… Delicious ripe red cherries, huge concentration, length of 60 seconds, great great wine… Bravo Thierry!!! (100 points)

2005 Le Clos du Caillou Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Safres
Very nice nose of cerises du Nord, very feminine and delicate, framboise, oriental spices… Sappy tannin, high acidity, tannin present, but adding a refreshing feeling, great finesse… Rayas style!! (95 points)

2005 Le Clos du Caillou Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine du Caillou Les Quartz
Delicious ripe red cherries nose, good freshness, sandalwood, bacon and BBQ meat… Great concentration, loads of silky tannin, great feminine wine (96 points)

2003 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve des Deux Frères
Orange rim, very evolved nose, bacon, cèpes de Bordeaux… Very juicy roasted meat, ripe red cherries, very sweet and sappy wine, lenght of 45 seconds, looked much older than the Quartz 2005, but still great mature Chateauneuf! (96 points)

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