Chapelle Saint Theodoric Chateauneuf du Pape "Le Grand Pin" 2018 (Rhone, France) - [ST 93] [RP 92] [WS 92]

Chapelle Saint Theodoric Chateauneuf du Pape "Le Grand Pin" 2018
(Rhone, France) - [ST 93] [RP 92] [WS 92]

Regular price $135.00 Sale price $114.98 Save $20.02

ST93 RP92 WS92
About the Winemaker:
Chapelle St. Theodoric is a project between winemaker Baptiste Grangeon and Peter Weygandt, or as Robert Parker called it—the “brainchild” of Peter Weygandt. There are two parcels, one in the lieu-dit La Guigasse, which is a pure sand soil and where the vines (all Grenache) range in age of from 50 to 100 years, and the other parcel at the top of Pignan, literally adjoining the vines of Chateau Rayas, also in pure sand, and also pure, old vines Grenache. The vinification is traditional, that is to say, whole-cluster, such as employed exclusively by Jacques Reynaud at Chateau Rayas, Laurent Charvin, Henri Bonneau. The two parcels are vinified and aged and bottled separately, but with the exact same treatment, the experiment being to find what terroir differences one might find in pure sand, between vines less than 200 meters apart, both on sand, pure Grenache, and traditional vinification. The Les Sablons cuvée is the final press wine of the two parcels blended, aged in older barrique, with some younger vines also in the assemblage.

Alcohol %: 14.5

Ratings & Reviews

93 Points - Stephen Tanzer:

"Bright ruby. Sexy, mineral-laced aromas of fresh red berries and potpourri, with a smoky element emerging slowly. Juicy and precise on the palate, with sweet raspberry and cherry flavors that put on weight with air. Fine-grained tannins give shape to the fruit-driven finish, which hangs on with real tenacity." - Josh Raynolds (February 2015)

92 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
Coming from sandy soils next to Rayas, the 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape le Grand Pin is a fresher, more focused and linear example of this cuvee. Showing sappy pine bush, Christmas spice and mint in its core of kirsch and blackberry fruit, it flows onto the palate with a seamless, elegant profile that carries fine tannin and bright acidity. It’s a finesse-drive effort, and while I’d like more backend depth and richness, it should evolve nicely through at least 2022.

These terrific Châteauneuf du Papes are the baby of importer Peter Weygandt, with the wines made by Baptiste Grangeon of Domaine du Cristia. They focus on two terroirs, La Guigasse and Le Grand Pin, both of which are comprised of pure sand soils. The winemaking is as traditional as it gets, with no destemming and aging all in older barrel. The les Sablons, like in 2011, was not made in 2012." - Jeb Dunnuck (Oct 2014)

92 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:

"This delivers beautiful raspberry and blackberry preserve notes, lined with copious yet silky tannins that let prominent shiso and tobacco leaf flavors glide in and stretch out through the finish, where a licorice snap note checks in, adding contrast. Drink now through 2025. 125 cases imported." – JM (Apr 30, 2015)