Domaine de Fontavin Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Empires 2016
|Region||France, Rhone, Chateauneuf-du-Pape|
|Brand||Domaine de Fontavin|
"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."
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.
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.