Mas de Boislauzon “Sélection Famille Chaussy” Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2017

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“This is an ebullient, perfumed blend of Grenache (70%), Mourvèdre (20%) and Syrah (10%) sourced from limestone soils. Vinified entirely in concrete, its black currant and mulberry flavors are piercing and pure, lifted by tangs of salty minerality and fine, lingering tannins. A thrilling sip to enjoy young but likely to improve through 2030. 96 points.” –Anna Lee C. Iijima, Wine Enthusiast, Mar 1, 2021

This is a smaller production wine than the famed Mas de Boislauzon estate’s prestigious barrel-aged namesake bottling. Exclusively from the family’s excellent estate vineyards in northern Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Palestor, and Clos Saint Pierre, this wine is gloriously cuisine-friendly because the cooler, higher vineyards give it a fresh personality, and the concrete vinification means there’s no oak masking the superb depth of flavor of their exquisite fruit. Châteauneuf du Pape is the ultimate red wine with grilled meats, and this beauty will pair with anything from herb-roasted chicken, to grilled Wagyu burgers, or rack of lamb. Wonderful today especially after a splash into the decanter, it will continue to thrill for another decade.