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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Jeb Dunnuck
  • jd94

The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Empire is my favorite in the lineup as well as the most classically styled. Blackcurrants, peppery herbs, earth, and graphite notes give way to a medium to full-bodied, concentrated, fresh and vibrant 2016 that has the purity, balanced, and length of the vintage. Give it a few years, and it will keep for a decade.

August 28, 2018
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