"The 2017 Châteauneuf du Pape checks in as 75% Grenache, 11%
each of Syrah and Mourvèdre, and the balance Cinsault,
Vaccarèse, and Counoise. It was 60% destemmed and brought up in a
mix of foudre and concrete tanks. It's a smoking good base cuvée
that offers perfumed black raspberries, violets, sweet spice, and exotic
pepper aromas and flavors. Rich, medium to full-bodied, packed with
fruit, balanced, and lengthy, drink this seductive, sexy 2017 over the
coming 10-15 years."
92+ ppints, Jeb Dunnuck
"The 2017 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Tradition is a top effort
for an entry-level wine. Bottled in March, it features peppery notes,
dried spices and ripe cherries on the nose. Full-bodied, rich and
velvety, it finishes long and intense, adding hints of salted licorice.
It should drink well for at least a decade."
92 points, The Wine Advocate
"Lurid magenta. Expansive aromas of mineral-tinged red
berries, incense and cola, joined by a suave floral nuance as the wine
opens up. Appealingly sweet and seamless on the palate, offering juicy
raspberry, cherry, spicecake and candied licorice flavors that are braced
by a spine of juicy acidity. Finishes smooth and long, with gentle
tannins and lingering floral pastille and star anise notes."
92 points, Vinous
"Fresh and forward, featuring lively raspberry and cassis
flavors, infused with light savory, anise and black tea notes. A subtle
mineral streak adds a mouthwatering echo on the stylish finish. Grenache,
Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault. Drink now through 2034."
92 points, Wine Spectator