Slightly deeper hued, the 2019 Chateauneuf Du Pape Cuvee Des Felix is based on 60% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 5% Syrah, and the rest a mix of varieties and sees a slightly longer elevage in demi-muids (30%) and very old barrels (70%). Blackcurrants, roasted herbs, gamey meats, tobacco, and ground pepper are just some of the nuances here, and this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a deep, concentrated mid-palate, and building, substantial tannins. Despite all the structure here, it stays balanced and is a sensational bottle of wine. It's going to need 5-7 years to hit the early stages of maturity and will have 25 years or more of prime drinking. Readers looking for gorgeous, classic, traditional Chateauneuf du Pape need look no further.

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