November sees some of the worlds most iconic and cellarable wines released, yes its Châteauneuf du Papes time! The 2014 Vintage has just been released in bond so here’s a quick rundown of the vintage and choices from four of the most prestigious properties.
2014 in Châteauneuf du Papes started out as a warm one, with very high temperatures during flowering, everything poited to an early vintage. However those final ripening months from July to September were much cooler than normal, resulting in uneven ripening. Lots of green harvesting and work in the vineyard saw the majority of properties ripening fully but with the whites winning out over the reds.
2014 Châteauneuf du Pape Rouge Clos des Papes
An outstanding wine in a tricky red vintage, surprisingly with only a very small percentage if Syrah included due to ripening issues. Warm kirsh and Morella cherry on the nose, opening up with some forest floor and loads of supple sweet fruit on the palatte. Hot climate Burgundy? 50% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, the share Counoise and Vaccarèse.
2014 Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc Vieux Télégraphe
Known for their more mineral, linear acid driven lines than some of the more rounded Rousannes of the region 2014 proves a classic White CDP. Gnetly honed, with surprisly length and development already, this will cellar well for another 5 to 8 years.
2014 Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc Ch. de Beaucastel Blanc
A classic Rousanne dominated white CDP, with Rousanne 80%, Grenache Blanc 15% and the balance the CDP minor varieties of Picardin, Clairette and Bourboulenc. Typically Rousanne notes from this famous property, think honeysuckle, jasmine, pear and quince all rounding out with some nice fine vintage specidifc acidty..Long life ahead in the cellar for this one.
2014 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge, Domaine des Sénéchaux
Perhaps not one for longer cellaring, this instantly attractive CDP rouge seduces with its fruit forward excess, yet still balances softer tannins, ripe fruit and a touch of savoury spice. Minimal new oak lets the fruit sing. One for early drinking pleasure whilst you wait for the blancs above to develop fully.
The whites have the edge in terms of ageworthiness, however there is something for everyone in this classic cooler CDP vintage. Get a few in the cellar.