Sine Qua Non Chimere Chateauneuf de Pape 2018
|Region||France, Rhone, Chateauneuf-du-Pape|
|Brand||Sine Qua Non|
Chimère is made in partnership between Clos Saint-Jean’s Maurel brothers (Vincent and Pascal), oenologist Philippe Cambie and Sine Qua Non's Manfred Krankl.
A challenging year for the appellation, the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape is a Mourvèdre dominated release that's put together by California superstar Manfred Krankl and the incredible team at Clos Saint Jean. Released only in magnum (it's a tiny production cuvée), it reveals a translucent ruby/purple hue to go with a beautiful perfume of black raspberries, kirsch, orange blossom, candied violets, and peppery garrigue-like nuances. Gorgeous on the palate as well, it shows a medium to full-bodied, incredibly seamless style carrying polished tannins, a layered, elegant mouthfeel, good overall freshness (I'm sure the acidity is low), and a great finish. It unquestionably ranks with the top wines in the vintage and should drink brilliantly over the coming 10-15 years.