At only eight hectares in size, this miniscule, ultra-traditional estate produces tiny quantities of just one wine: no luxury cuvee, no specialty blend, just a stunningly pure and complex Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Owner Claude Courtil is the godson of none other than Henri Bonneau, one of the most legendary and revered producers in the region, and he learned everything he knows about winemaking from his godfather. Henri and Claude share a deeply held commitment to natural winemaking: manual vineyard work, traditional aging in large foudres, and bottling without intrusive fining and filtration. A reserved, introspective man, Courtil sold his entire production to negociants until the 1996 vintage, and he has been producing steadily more impressive and complete wine ever since -- though the '96 is an extremely gorgeous Chateauneuf in its own right! This is truly a special domaine, and one that is extremely deserving of your attention.
The blend consists of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre. - Winery
Bright red. Vibrant mineral- and spice-accented red berry preserve and floral pastille scents show excellent clarity and pick up notes of lavender and incense with air. Silky and expansive on the palate, offering juicy raspberry and floral pastille flavors that show an alluring sweetness and seamless texture. This pure, graceful Châteauneuf finishes with excellent thrust, smooth tannins and an emphatic echo of fresh red fruit. One of the more elegant wines that I tasted in February and a must-buy for fans of graceful Châteauneuf-du-Pape.- Josh Raynolds Vinous 93-95 Points
Tasted out of barrel and what should end up being a good to very good wine, the 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape offers up classic notes of sandalwood, garrigue, dried pepper and savory Provençal fruits in a medium-bodied, firm, relatively mid-weight style on the palate. Made from 60% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah and the rest other permitted varieties, it spent 18 months in equal parts concrete tanks and demi-muids. It should drink nicely on release and hold through 2024. - Robert Parker 87-89 Points