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94 Points, Wine Spectator - Richly layered, with hedonistic fig, boysenberry and raspberry confiture flavors that roll over each other while mouthwatering anise, fruitcake and black tea notes chase from behind.
93 Points, Wine Advocate - Vaudieu is on a roll. Even the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape is a star, boasting forward aromas of garrigue and ripe raspberries. Full-bodied, richly textured and tannic, this wine will likely close down shortly. But the long, fruit and spice-driven finish gives me confidence it will then reemerge in five-plus years.
With 70 hectares of vines planted to a wide variety of terroirs, there should be no fear that the terroir-specific bottlings at Chateau de Vaudieu are impoverishing basic Châteauneuf-du-Pape. This could not be farther from reality as Laurent Brechet feels that this wine is the summation of the work carried out at Chateau de Vaudieu rather than the other way around. A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, this wine always reflects the vintage in the final blend not only in its expression of the 40-70 year-old vines on the property but in the exact percentages of each variety present. Elegance, softness, and a pleasure to drink. Already deliciously fruity, but best between 5 and 15 years.
80% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre