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Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition Domaine Giraud 2015

Winemaker's Notes:

91-93 Points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous: "Bright ruby. Intense cherry and red berry aromas pick up notes of incense, anise and lavender with aeration. Spicy, concentrated and focused on the palate, offering appealingly sweet raspberry, cherry liqueur and floral pastille flavors underscored by a vein of juicy acidity. Closes sweet and quite long, with harmonious tannins building slowly and folding into the juicy fruit." 3/17 90-93 Points, Jeb Dunnuck, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape is 65% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 15% Mourvèdre, with the Grenache and Mourvèdre aged in concrete tanks and the Syrah in barrels. A terrific base cuvée that has loads to love, it offers lots of black cherries, blackcurrants, peppery herbs and licorice in a medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated style. It has a touch more concentration than the Prémices cuvée, but isn’t as elegant or polished." 10/16 #227

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Domaine Giraud:
The 'domaine' saw the light of day thanks to Pierre and Mireille's zeal and two families coming together. Pierre Giraud is the son of a long line of winegrowers going back more than six centuries. Descendant of the Arrnenier family, he's always tended his vineyard with loving care. The Buou family owned the village distillery for generations; Mireille has always worked alongside her husband hel... Read more
The 'domaine' saw the light of day thanks to Pierre and Mireille's zeal and two families coming together. Pierre Giraud is the son of a long line of winegrowers going back more than six centuries. Descendant of the Arrnenier family, he's always tended his vineyard with loving care. The Buou family owned the village distillery for generations; Mireille has always worked alongside her husband helping to expand the vineyard. Now she looks after the day-to-day running of the Domaine. The story begins in 1974 when Pierre and Mireille took on 4ha (10 acres) of vines as tenant farmers. For 12 years, the domaine would grow little by little through purchasing pieces of rented land. In 1981. Pierre and Mireille turned the family distillery into a winemaking and barrel-ageing cellar. That same year, the domaine 's first vintage would be born. In 1987. the running of the Armenier family's vineyard was handed down to their children. Pierre and Mireille took care of 8ha (20 acres) of 100 year old vines found on the Crau plateau, Les Terres Blanches ('White Earth'), the Gallimardes and the sandy soils around Pignan in the Rayas area. In 1998. Pierre was ready to pass on his love of the vine and wine to his children. Marie and Francois took on the estate hand-in-hand. Under their parents' watchful eye. they devoted themselves to tending vines and winemaking. They focused their efforts on selecting parcel by parcel, doing minimal treatments, upgrading their cellar to make finer and finer wines while respecting family traditions. Read less

91-93 Points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous: "Bright ruby. Intense cherry and red berry aromas pick up notes of incense, anise and lavender with aeration. Spicy, concentrated and focused on the palate, offering appealingly sweet raspberry, cherry liqueur and floral pastille flavors underscored by a vein of juicy acidity. Closes sweet and quite long, with harmonious tannins building slowly and folding into the juicy fruit." 3/17 90-93 Points, Jeb Dunnuck, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape is 65% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 15% Mourvèdre, with the Grenache and Mourvèdre aged in concrete tanks and the Syrah in barrels. A terrific base cuvée that has loads to love, it offers lots of black cherries, blackcurrants, peppery herbs and licorice in a medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated style. It has a touch more concentration than the Prémices cuvée, but isn’t as elegant or polished." 10/16 #227

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