Charvin is a unique Chateauneuf and not to everyone's preferences. Its a bit lighter, more red fruits and on the more elegant side of a wine not typically known for its elegance. Utilizing a high percentage of Grenache, this one is 85% Grenache, 5% Mourvèdre, 5% Vaccarèse, and 5% Syrah. At this tasting, there were eleven 2018 Chateauneuf's and I had it in first place where the group-think rated it as #9. Garnet/ruby in color, clear and bright. The nose spice, cherries, some black raspberries, and a whiff of alcohol. Medium bodied with firm tannins. Lots of energy with a vibrant texture. On the palate, cherries, plums and black raspberries with underlying spices. Good finish. This seems a bit heavier than other vintages, but it seems that is more of a vintage characteristic. It needs about five to seven more years of cellaring and then should drink well for another ten to fifteen years. Charvin tends to work better with food such as stews or chili.
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