The 2012 is 100% grenache with the fruit coming from old vines on the best sites in the estate. It’s fermented and aged in concrete tanks and barely touches oak, with only about 10% seeing 2-3 year old large barrels.
“Easily one of the top wines in the vintage, the superstar 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée De Mon Aïeul is… gorgeous all around, with incredible polish and purity, it offers up copious kirsch, licorice, toasted spice and crushed flowers with a seamless, full-bodied profile. Elegant, remarkably fresh and with fine tannin, it’s hard to resist even now. Nevertheless, it should benefit from a year or three in the cellar and have 15 years of longevity.” Drink 2016-2027. 94-96 Points. Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate #209 Oct 2013.
What a beautiful wine - definitely one for the cellar.