The textbook traditionally-styled 2018 Clos du Mont Olivet Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a blend of 75% grenache, 10% syrah, 9% Mourvèdre, and 6% other classic Châteauneuf varieties including cinsault, counoise, and vaccarèse. Winemaker Thierry Sabon grew the fruit in top-quality estate vineyard plots, with old vines averaging over 60 years of age.
“($51) The estate did well in 2018, and their Châteauneufs are certainly up with the crème de la crème of the vintage. I loved the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape and it certainly makes the most of the vintage. Revealing a ruby hue as well as textbook, traditional notes of sweet kirsch and darker currants, peppery garrigue, saddle leather, and herbs de Provence, it’s medium-bodied, has a supple, elegant texture, ripe tannins, and the depth and balance to keep for 15 years or more. It’s beautifully done. Drink: 2020-2035. 93 points.” –Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, Oct. 6, 2020.