Wine Spectator, 94 points
“Gorgeous, with a lush core of raspberry, blueberry and boysenberry puree flavors gliding through, flecked with anise, violet and incense notes. Carried by fresh, well-embedded acidity, this is lush and beguiling through the lengthy finish. Best from 2020 through 2035.”
Wine Enthusiast, 94 points
"While crisp black-cherry and strawberry flavors are fresh and pristine on the nose, this is an opulent, powerful red. Dried-strawberry and plum flavors are concentrated, accented by hints of earth and firm, taut tannins. It’s luscious red-fruit flavors are approachable already but firm structure and fresh acidity should allow integration and improvement through 2030 and hold further still.”
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 93 points
“Even Vadieu's "regular" CdP is excellent. The 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape, an 80-20 blend of Grenache and Syrah mostly aged in concrete, offers ripe red raspberry and apricot notes alongside delicate hints of spice and garrigue. Full-bodied and lush, it shows off wonderfully ripe Grenache fruit without much in the way of other adornment or artifice, finishing long and silky.”
Jeb Dunnuck, 91 points
“The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape has a great nose of garrigue, black raspberries, spice, exotic flowers, and orange peel. With medium to full-bodied, present yet sweet tannin, and a great finish, drink this balanced beauty over the coming decade. The blend is 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah, aged one year in mix of old barrels and concrete tanks.”
2016 is a vintage in the Chateauneuf-du-Pape region that will not be forgotten any time soon --- it is one of the finest in decades. Of course, you know this, and are likely already off and grabbing a case!
Located about a five minute drive outside the village of Chateauneuf-du-Pape along the road which leads to Courthezon, you will find Chateau de Vaudieu. It is one of three 18th century Chateaux located in the appellation, tucked into a small valley surrounded by hills and plateau. It is at the intersection of several major terroirs: sandy soils to the north, along a border it shares with Chateau Rayas (one of the best wines in Chateauneuf-du-Pape but not actually a Chateau), pale limestone and clays centered around a forested hillock, and two large plateaux of the somewhat overexposed galets.
We had a look at Wine Spectator's other 94-point scoring Chateauneuf-du-Papes in the 2016 vintage, and it becomes abundantly clear what a score today's offer is: Chateau La Nerthe Les Clavelles 2016 ($295), Chateau Maucoild L'Esprit 2016 ($100), Bosquest des Papes A La Gloire de Mon Grand Pere 2016 ($79), Domaine de Cristia Renaissance 2016 ($75). You get the idea...run, don't walk to snag some of this crazy deal!
This is drinking SUPERBLY right now, please don’t miss at this special price...we all got our case! While it lasts -- just 146 bottles left!