Deep, dark red. Aromas of ripe red berries, blackberry, light incense, minerality, and white pepper unfold on the palate with raspberries, peppers, anise, and floral notes. Lush and silky, the wine is structured with supple tannins, drinking ripe and fresh now but with the ability to age for 15-20 years.
A big step up over the base cuvée, the deeper, more purple-hued 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Les Safres offers a downright smorgasbord of Provençal herbs, spices, wild strawberries, garrigue, and black cherry aromas and flavors. About as seamless and sexy as they come, with full-bodied richness and building tannin, as well as incredible purity, I just hope it shows this well from bottle!