4.3 Vivino Stars (4,700+ Reviews)
This Ogier (yes, that 100-point Ogier) Clos de l’Oratoire des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2016 is an absolute steal!
Frank and spicy with black pepper and licorice, surprising floral notes of grass and acacia, evolving onto more classic notes of strawberry, cherry and fresh blackcurrant, and subtle notes of camphor and menthol. The attack is frank and ample, reflecting the gourmand and delicate characteristics of the estate and magnificently held by fine tannins with a silky length, strengthened by the freshness of the menthol and scents of the garriques.
Clos de l’Oratoire des Papes is a perfect partner for rich beef, and spicy dishes prepared with truffles and flavorful cheeses.
Wine Enthusiast 95 Points
Lifted black-cherry and blackberry aromas are accented by savory notes of licorice, bay leaf and thyme in this sultry blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault. It’s full bodied and supple, with a firm mineral tang anchoring the finish. Fine-grained but grippy tannins will meld with time but the wine is already showing beautifully.
James Suckling 93 Points
Very impressive wine with sturdy tannins and plenty of upbeat, dark, punchy fruit on offer. The palate has a very plush, silky edge with ripe, red-plum and blackberry flavors, cast amid assertive, bold but silky tannins. Drink or hold.
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 92 Points
Aged solely in foudres, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Clos de l’Oratoire des Papes is a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 5% each Cinsault and Mourvèdre. It’s probably one of my favorite 2016s from Ogier, offering some real depth and concentration. Black cherry fruit picks up hints of dried spices on the long, supple finish. It should drink well for a decade or more.
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