Crous St. Martin Chateauneuf du Pape 2017
|Region||France, Rhone, Chateauneuf-du-Pape|
|Brand||Crous St. Martin|
The 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape Crous Saint Martin Hommage A L'An 1879 (80% Grenache and 10% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre) is rock solid, with a sexy yet fresh style that's already a joy to drink. Sweet black raspberries, cherries, spring flowers, and spice all flow to a medium to full-bodied, seamless red that has polished tannins, terrific balance, and a great finish. It has the ripe, sexy style of the vintage, yet still holds onto a terrific sense of freshness and elegance. It's a complex beauty that will keep for 10-15 years.
Minty and herbal up front, the 2017 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Crous Saint Martin Hommage à l'An 1879 develops attractive flavors of Queen Anne cherries on its full-bodied palate. The blend is 80% Grenache and 10% each Mourvèdre and Syrah. There's a bit of astringency on the long finish, but give it a few years in the cellar, and it should be fine. For my money, I'd go with the Gigondas this vintage.