Domaine Giraud Chateaunuef-du-Pape Tradition 2017
Rhone Blends | France
WE94, WA93, JD93, WS93
"With the assistance of the brilliant Philippe Cambie, the wines have soared in quality, and Domaine Giraud is now one of the more exciting domaines in Chateauneuf du Pape.” - Robert Parker Jr.
A 94 and three 93-point scores! We’re not surprised here at the Napa office, this producer crushes it year after year, and we totally agree with the sentiments of Jeb Dunnuck: “I loved the 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape, and I’d certainly be happy with a case in the cellar.” AT THIS PRICE? Oh yes! A blend from the Southern part of the appellation, with its red clay and "galets" (large round stones). These old vines deliver the goods, ranging in age from 50-80 years old.
Domaine Giraud (est. 1974) is under the stewardship of brother-sister team François and Marie Giraud taking over the primary roles from their mother and father. François handles the vineyards and Marie oversees the winemaking with consulting help from the Philippe Cambie. Committed to organic farming since 2011, the winery continues to make some of the most exciting wines in their history!
Gorgeous stuff! Read all the reviews by clicking the 'Buy Now' button below, but know one thing...this is fantastic with so much pure, ripe, bold Grenache flavors, it really is a stunning value! ONLY 25 CASES! While it lasts!
About the Producer
Domaine Giraud is under the stewardship of brother-sister team François and Marie Giraud taking over the primary roles from their monther and father. François handles the vineyards and Marie oversees the winemaking. Committed to organic farming since 2011, the winery continues to make some of the most excititng and forward Grenache dominant Châteauneufs. The "Tradition" is 2/3 Grenache with the rest made up of Syrah and Mourvèdre. Vines range between 50-80 years old on clay-limestone soils with galets on the surface.
94 Wine Enthusiast -
Aromas of raspberry and boysenberry mingle into savory sage and thyme on this decadent, perfumed blend of Grenache (80%), Syrah (15%) and Mourvèdre (5%). The palate offers rich, ripe layers of plum preserves, sweet spice, garrigue and fig. Soft and mouthwatering, it's framed by ripe, persistent tannins. Irresistible already but should gain complexity through 2037.
93 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
Coming in (rating-wise) right where I projected it would last year, Giraud's 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape is a terrific example of a cuvée tradition. At 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre, it's a pretty typical blend yet one that exceeds expectations. It's full-bodied, plush and velvety, showing ample ripeness—raspberries, cherries, and stone fruit—without going over the top into cooked fruit. No, it doesn't show that much complexity at this age, but some of that will emerge over the next decade or so.
I loved the 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape, and I’d certainly be happy with a case in the cellar. Offering a pure, elegant, incredibly Grenache-driven profile of sweet black raspberries, incense, violets, and garrigue, it’s medium to full-bodied, ethereal, and elegant on the palate. It’s already hard to resist yet will keep for 10-15 years.
A fleshy core of lightly mulled raspberry, plum and red currant fruit flavors cruises through, backed by ample licorice, singed cedar and dried garrigue notes. Finely beaded acidity adds latent energy to the finish. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Best from 2021 through 2035. 1,700 cases made, 340 cases imported.
- Blend60% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre
- WinemakerPhilippe Cambie
- RegionSouthern Rhone
- Farming MethodOrganic Farming (ECOCERT)
- Aging/CooperageGrenache and Mourvedre are aged in concrete and Syrah ages in French oak.