Drink Date 2021 - 2030
Reviewed by Joe Czerwinski
Issue Date 30th Aug 2019
Source Issue 244 End of August 2019, The Wine Advocate
vines planted in 1900, the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes leads with aromas of cola, raspberries and dried spices. Theres none of the chocolaty excess seen in the regular cuve, but this full-bodied wine reflects the heat of the year in its slightly coarser than usual tannins. Its full-bodied without being heavy or overdone, just chewier than normal, and likely to age a bit quickly.
Once past the loud German Shepherd at Marcoux, I met with the soft-spoken Vincent Armenier, Sophies son, who is taking on more responsibility at the domaine. The bad news is that theres no Vieilles Vignes bottling 2018 because of the mildew. The good news is that the regular 2018 Chteauneuf du Pape is one of the better examples of that Ive tasted. "I think its a nice vintage," said Armenier modestly. The 2017s are also successful, a vintage that required very little sorting, according to Armernier. Looking back at the 2009s and beyond, they are both in their prime drinking windows, while the stunning 1989 Vieilles Vignes the first vintage bottled looks to be starting its slow descent. Thirty years is a darn impressive run.