Domaine de Fontavin Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Empires 2016 - Stone Gate Wine & Spirits
Domaine de Fontavin Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Empires 2016
SKU: FRRH-FONTAVCDP-2016

Domaine de Fontavin Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Empires 2016

  • jd94
  • wa92
  • v90-92

750ml
$49.99

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"The Cuvee Empires is a classicly styled Chateauneuf. Straightforward and delicious! Medium to full bodied, concentrated fruit, vibrant to the drinker and certainly persistent. Tannic, finishes with a chewy flesh feel though it has and will continue to soften. Notes of spiced fruit, cherry, touch of cola and earthy mineral notes."

Jeb Dunnuck
  • jd94
Wine Advocate
  • wa92

Featuring attractive notes of cola, dried spices and plummy fruit, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Empire is the only one of the Fontavin cuvées I had any reservations about. It's full-bodied, concentrated and reasonably tannic, then finishes on a chewy, velvety note. Give it a couple of years to soften, then drink it over the next decade.

Joe Czerwinski, August 31, 2018
Vinous
  • v90-92

Limpid ruby-red. Spice-accented red berry and cherry pit scents on the smoke-accented nose, along with a zesty mineral note that adds vibrancy. Sappy raspberry and bitter cherry flavors show very good clarity and gentle sweetness while a jolt of zesty acidity adds lift and bite. Closes smooth and long, with repeating spiciness and fine-grained tannins that add shape and gentle grip.

Josh Raynolds, July 2018