97 POINTS | Jeb Dunnuck
95 POINTS | Wine Spectator
Chateau Vaudieu sits right in the heart of the Chateauneuf du Pape region and they have a long-standing reputation for producing excellent Rhone wines. This release is a blend of grenache (64%), syrah (28%) and mourvedre, with an average vine age of 70 years. Vinted in a modern style, it shows cassis and dark berry notes with well-integrated oak and a long, lingering finish. Careful cellaring over the next 10 - 15 years will be rewarded.
Jeb Dunnuck writes "The smaller production 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape Val De Dieu is close to 60% Grenache blended with 30% Syrah and 12% Mourvèdre. This is always the most modern styled cuvée from this great estate, and it’s aged in 70% demi-muids and 30% new barrels. Its deep purple color is followed by a gorgeous bouquet of cassis and black raspberry fruits intermixed with notes of new leather, graphite, spice, and peppery garrigue. Its oak is beautifully integrated, it’s full-bodied, has a terrific mid-palate, and a great, great finish. It’s probably not for the staunch traditionalist out there but is just a brilliant Châteauneuf du Pape in the making. It’s going to evolve for 15+ years."