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
I always love the wines of this estate, and unquestionably the 2016 Chateauneuf-du-Pape is the finest vintage of this cuvee to date. About as classic as it gets, with tons of cedarwood, white pepper, kirsch, and blackberry fruits, it smells like a classic southern France street market. Full-bodied, powerful, and concentrated, with the purity of fruit that makes this vintage so special, it’s a blockbuster wine that’s already approachable yet will keep for 15+ years. - Jeb Dunnuck 95 Points
Ripe and compact, this features waves of raspberry pate de fruit, plum coulis and cassis flavors, flecked with mouthwatering anise, apple wood and rooibos tea notes. The long finish shows finely beaded acidity, letting the fruit unfurl wonderfully. Best from 2020 through 2040.-J.M. - Wine Spectator Magazine 94 Points
Limpid ruby. Sexy red berry liqueur, incense and candied lavender aromas are complemented by a smoky mineral aspect and a hint of baking spices. Sappy and focused in the mouth, offering juicy raspberry liqueur and floral pastille flavors that put on weight and become sweeter with air. Delivers a suave blend of power and finesse and closes on a gently tannic note, displaying impressive focus and floral-driven persistence. - Vinous Media 92 - 94 Points