Gabriel Meffre Laurus Chateauneuf du Pape
From an excellent year comes this Chateauneuf-du-Pape from Gabriel Meffre. It's a red blend that has a fair bit of grenache and shiraz in the mix, and shows lots of dark berries and licorice on the nose, along with pepper spice and a bit of 'barnyard'. The palate is full-bodied and musclebound, with juicy, ultra-ripe fruit flavours, surprisingly approachable tannins, and a finish that gives the tonsils a warm alcohol cuddle. Needs some rare red meat for company!