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2016 Chateau Maucoil, "Privilege" Chateauneuf du Pape

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Merchant's Picks
96+

“Chateauneuf Pick Of The Year!”

Chateauneuf-du-Awesome

By David Gettenberg

Gorgeous.  Plush.  Velvety.

Chateau Maucoil "Privilege" is the most alluring Chateauneuf du Pape we've tasted all year.

Thus, it has earned our most prized Chateauneuf moniker, "Chateauneuf-du-Awesome" and is our Chateauneuf Pick Of The Year!

The Maucoil Estate dates back to the Roman empire when vineyards on the site were planted for Caesar. The Chateau itself was established in 1624 and is located on an idyllic, organically farmed plateau in Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

A full-throttle nose of black olives and tobacco, the wine is concentrated and earthy on the palate with polished tannins and a lasting finish. Notes of forest floor and earth lead way to mushrooms, black currants, pepper, violets, and dried rose.  Black cherry, black currants, and blueberries frame the smooth tannins and lasting acidity.

Since 2011, the estate has been using non-interventionist farming practices. The vines grow naturally with little interference. The result is a terroir-driven wine comprised of mostly Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre.  

This gorgeous CDP is perfect for all year round grilling, a glass with cheese by the fire, or hearty winter dishes.  

Wonderfully approachable in its youth, you can easily age it for a decade.

Only 500 cases made - and made only in exceptional vintages!

Enjoy!

 

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Press & Tasting Notes
96

“Luminous and silky, with a long, long finish.”

Wine Advocate • 96 / 100

"My favorite of this estate's three red cuvées was the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Privilege, a barrel-aged blend (30% new) that includes 5% or so white grapes and a wide swathe of red varieties. The cedar and vanilla notes are pronounced but not overwhelming, serving to highlight gorgeous cherry fruit. It's full-bodied, plush and unabashedly modern but also luminous and silky, with a long, long finish."

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95

“Luscious blackberry and plum flavors.”

Wine Enthusiast • 95 / 100

"This rich, fleshy wine offers waves of luscious blackberry and plum flavors accented by hints of espresso, smoked nut and cinnamon. The opulent, open style is offset by a fresh mineral profile and dense, penetrating tannins. Appealing already for lovers of big, voluptuous wines this should improve well through 2035."

More Information
  • Producer: Chateau Maucoil
  • Country: France
  • Region: Rhone
  • Subregion: Châteauneuf-du-Pape
  • Varietal: Rhone Blend
  • Vintage: 2016
  • Size: 750ml
  • Code: W7441