La Dame Voyageuse is a more approachable version of the La Reine des Bois. It is meant to be enjoyable early compared to her sister Cuvée which is made for the long run.
Color : deep ruby red, opaque.
Aromas : red fruits, changing to touches of leather, black truffles and coffee.
Palate : fat, concentrated and full flavored with a very long liquoriced and fruity finish.
Ageing potential : 6 to 10 years.
|Vintage:||2016||Grape Varietals:||90% Grenache, 4% Mourvèdre, 4% Syrah, 1% Vaccarese, 1% Counoise.||ABV:||15%|
|Aging:||10% in oak barrels, 90% in enameled steel tanks.|
Surface : 5 Ha.
Yield : 30 Hl./Ha.
Vineyard age: 60 Years
Terroir : Clay-siliceous on pebble stones
Harvest : by hand
Vinification : 100 % destemmed, long 30 days maceration with a maximum of 34° C temperature.
Red meats, sauce dishes, game animals (woodcock, wild boar) and semi mature cheeses.
|Item Number||Unit||Units/Case||Type||UPC - bottle||SCC - case||SRP/Unit|
|F0EE153157GRL||750ml||6||Glass||7 84585 02005 8||1 07 84585 02005 5||$80.00|
|TBD||1.5L||1||Glass||7 84585 02026 3||1 07 84585 02026 0||$120.00|
"The new entry-level release from this estate is the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Dame Voyageuse, a more Grenache-dominated blend of 90% Grenache, 4% each of Mourvèdre and Syrah, and the balance Counoise and Vaccarèse. Aged mostly in tank, with 15% in old barrels, it boasts a deep violet/purple color as well as a full-bodied, voluptuous style in its blueberry and cherry fruits, violets, damp earth, and spice-laced aromas and flavors. This cuvée is always more upfront and sexier compared to the more structured La Reine des Bois cuvée, and it’s already drinking brilliantly today. Nevertheless, it will keep for a good 10-15 years if you’re so inclined.
This estate has unquestionably landed on its feet after the passing of Christophe Delorme in 2015, and you’ll have to go back to 2001 to find wines at the same level as these 2016s."
- Jeb Dunnuck (August 2018, LE MILLÉSIME… The 2016s from the Southern Rhône - Part 1), 95 pts
"This 2016 'La Dame Voyageuse' is a simply sensational release in this vintage. It instantly beings to impress with its fantastic aromatic profile of blackberry, dark cherry and strawberries along with garrigue leather, bacon fat, black pepper and hints loam and tar. On the palate this displays a wonderful elegant character, with soft, polished tannins making for a gorgoeus mouthfeel. Layered and complex, this brilliant red goes on to impress with incredible purity, along with a gorgeous combination of earthy and meaty characteristics that continue through the long supple finish. While the 2016 is nothing short of outstanding now, it also shows incredible promise to become even more compelling as it evolves. - J. D'Angelo"
- International Wine Report (March 2019), 95 pts
"Brilliant ruby. Intense red fruit liqueur and floral pastille aromas pick up suggestions of licorice and smoky minerals in the glass. Sappy and concentrated yet lively as well, offering palate-caressing raspberry and cherry compote flavors that are given lift and cut by a core of juicy acidity. Shows a suave combination of richness and elegance and finishes very long and sweet; velvety tannins sneak in to add shape and grip. - Josh Raynolds"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (July 2018), 92 pts
"Savory smoked nut, spice and leather complexities juxtapose bright blackberry and cherry fruit in this luscious red. It's rounded and supple on the palate yet freshly composed—not at all brooding or hot. The finish is long and peppery, accentuated by firm, enveloping tannins. Sure to improve through 2030 and hold even further. - Anna Lee C. Iijima"
- Wine Enthusiast (July 1st 2018), 93 pts
"Leading off the Châteauneuf du Papes and made from younger vines, with the goal to drink well in its youth, the Grenache-dominated 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape La Dame Voyageuse (there's 4% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre, with a tiny splash of Counoise and Vaccarèse) sports a vibrant ruby/purple color as well as lively notes of raspberries, bouquet garni, spice box, dried soil and flowers. Medium to full-bodied, supple and elegant on the palate, it's a much more upfront, mid-weight effort compared to the more concentrated, structured Reine des Bois cuvée. It should drink nicely on release and over the following decade. - Jeb Dunnuck""
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue# 227, October 28th 2016), 90-93 pts
"Ripe and mouthfilling, with a core of raspberry pâte de fruit and plum cake flavors kept lively by anise and violet notes. Shows brambly structure on the finish. Best from 2017 through 2024.—J.M."
- Wine Spectator Insider (June 2016), 92 pts
"Deep ruby. Intense blackberry and cherry liqueur aromas are complemented by suave floral and smoky Indian spice flourishes. Full, velvety and plush, offering appealingly sweet, deeply concentrated black raspberry and blueberry flavors and a touch of cola. An extroverted, polished wine that deftly marries power and finesse, finishing with impressive persistence, lingering smokiness and round, even tannins. - Josh Raynolds"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reds: The Flamboyant 2014s and the Structured 2013s, April 2016), 91-93 points
"Looking at the wines, and a new release for this estate, the 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape La Belle Voyageuse is made from 90% Grenache, 4% Mourvedre, 4% Syrah and a splash of Counoise and Vaccarese that was raised mostly in stainless steel tanks, with 15% of the blend aged in barrel. Due to the forward nature of the vintage, this cuvée functions as a second wine and is made in a more forward, charming style than the more structured and serious La Reine des Bois release. Nevertheless, while a second wine for this estate, it’s still a huge success in the vintage and offers youthful, forward, and jammy notes of cassis, sappy flowers, violets and graphite to go with a mouth filling, medium to full-bodied style the palate. It has plenty of mid-palate depth, chewy tannin on the finish, and is already hard to resist. Nevertheless, I suspect it will have upwards of a decade of longevity. - Jeb Dunnuck""
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue# 221, October 2015), 90-92 pts