Mounir’s white CdP has always been a candidate for best-of-the-appellation, with an incredible sense of dynamism and depth that screams Grand cru class and complexity. This 2013 stands as the single highest rated Chateauneuf blanc that Raynolds has ever reviewed, alongside the legendary Chateau Rayas and Beaucastel VV. Magic indeed….
“(fermented and aged in used demi-muids for two years): Pale gold. Displays intense tangerine, pears skin, iodine and exotic floral scents, complicated by building mineral and fennel nuances. Sappy, impressively concentrated orchard and pit fruit flavors show outstanding focus and a refreshingly spicy touch of candied ginger. Finishes smooth, subtly smoky and remarkably long, leaving an echo of candied pear behind. This wine was one of the highlights of my annual trip to the region and, in the context of truly world-class white wines, it’s a serious value.” 95 points Josh Raynolds