The 2019 Chateauneuf du Pape Colombis is all old-vine Grenache, vinified entirely as whole clusters and matured in demi-muids. On the nose, there are some minty-stemmy notes but also wonderful suggestions of garrigue and vibrant fruit—red raspberries, cherries and stone fruit. It's full-bodied and silky on the mid-palate, then long, spicy-peppery and firmly tannic on the finish. While not unapproachable or unenjoyable even now, it should benefit from several years cellaring and live close to two decades. Tasted twice (once blind), with consistent notes.
So silky this version seems expressive at first, but the core of cassis, cherry purée and raspberry fruit is tightly coiled, with both chalk and iron notes having their say, stretching out in unison through the finish. Black tea and garrigue hints peek in as well, which is a sign of what's to come after cellaring.
Strong crimson garnet, purple reflections, broad and bright rim. An inviting aroma of fresh plums and figs, soft notes of nougat and candied orange zest. Juicy, elegant, sweet cherries, soft notes of violets, silky tannins, mineral, very long lasting on the palate, already well developed and drinkable, great show on the palate.