BY JOSH RAYNOLDS | JULY 18, 2018
Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s monumental 2015 vintage was a tough act to follow, but 2016 was up to the challenge. In fact, in many cases the wines from this uniformly outstanding warm year actually outclass – or at least outmuscle – their older siblings.
If exuberant ripe fruit, harmonious tannins and an overall impression of generosity and lushness are what you’re after in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, then 2016 has plenty to offer. But the best wines also display real energy, making this a standout vintage.
2016 Domaine Bois de Boursan Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée des Félix
Limpid violet. Expressive aromas of ripe red berries, lavender and smoky minerals reveal a subtle garrigue nuance with aeration. Juicy, concentrated and energetic on the palate, offering pliant, spice-accented raspberry liqueur and cherry flavors that become sweeter and more energetic with air. Shows noteworthy depth and finishes very long and youthfully tannic; a lingering mineral note adds urgency and lift.
2016 Domaine Bois de Boursan Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Lurid ruby. Smoke-accented aromas of red and dark berry liqueur, smoked meat, garrigue and candied flowers show good energy and focus. Round, seamless and broad on the palate, offering concentrated blackberry, bitter cherry and game flavors that fan out steadily with air. Concentrated but lively as well. Dusty tannins frame a long, incisive finish that leaves behind notes of sweet dark berries and cured meat.