Laurent Charvin has only 10 hectares of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Until recently, Laurent was almost the only grower to still vinify traditionally, with whole-cluster fermentations. Now others are beginning to copy him. In addition to leaving the stems, Laurent’s élevage is uniquely in concrete tank, no barrel. Laurent is now regarded as one of the top wine-makers in the appellation.
The 2016 Chateauneuf-du-Pape is a Burgundian-style release from Laurent that’s mostly Grenache and brought up all in concrete tanks. Black cherries, garrigue, spice and ample minerality all flow to a medium to full-bodied, integrated wine with elegant tannins and a long finish. This is a wine that can age 20 years from any vintage as well as be accessible quite young with just a little aeration.