92-point, sub-$15 Chateauneuf-du-Pape as Deal of the Week
Last week we had the 3rd in the pecking order (Vacqueyras) of Southern Rhone’s royalty. This week, it’s the 1st - Chateauneuf-du-Pape from Domaine du Vieux Lazaret.
The origin of the name Vieux Lazaret dates back to the 18th century when there existed in the center of the village a hospice or Lazaret. This offered comfort and shelter for the poor and infirm, provided by the Lazarists, who were a silent order of monks founded in 1625 by St Vincent de Paul to look after the sick and the needy in the French countryside. They took the name Lazarists from the Priory of St Lazare in Paris, where the original order had been formed in 1632. The Lazarists in Chateauneuf-du-Pape played a major role in taking in and looking after the sick during the 1720 epidemic that wiped out a third of the population in 1720. In the 19th century, the Quiot family purchased the site, modernized it and made it the center of their vast winemaking operation.
This Chateauneuf-du-Pape is composed of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Carignan. This cuvee is made from 38 different parcels spread across Chateauneuf and grown on 3 major soil types: rolled pebbles; stony terraces with sand and gravel; clay formed from limestone mother rock.
Pale plus dark red with clear purple rim. The nose is warm and beginning to show an attractive complexity characterized by understated red fruits and spice along with leather and tertiary notes. The palate is composed and lighter weight, again exhibiting a measure of bottle development in an appealing mix of red cherry and spice notes. There is a fine, balanced structure. This is an elegant, not heavyweight style expressing Cinsault and Grenache in particular, with the emphasis on finesse rather than power.
Dom du Vieux Lazaret, Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2017 (375ml) - From $20.99 to $14.99
92 points Wine Spectator
“This has a nice mix of loganberry, damson plum and black cherry compote notes that work well against a backdrop of garrigue, sanguine and mineral details. The fruit holds sway through the finish, with the secondary notes adding contrast. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2032.”
Dom du Vieux Lazaret, Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2018 (375ml) - From $20.99 to $14.99
92 points Wine Spectator
“A high-pitched style, with red currant, Bing cherry and raspberry coulis notes racing through, turning darker on the back end, with hints of mulled spice and licorice. Good juicy energy runs underneath. Drink now.”
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