If I Could Buy Only One – May 15th VINTAGES Release

We asked our writers, “If you could buy only one wine from this release, which one would it be and why?”

David Lawrason – This “Only One” selection is designed to be a more personal, subjective selection. It may now be apparent to some readers that I am a fan of wines of the southern Rhone, a field populated with good buys from basic Côtes du Rhône to the various cru villages. And these are often my go-to reds under $25. So Chateauneuf-du-Pape at twice the price is a treat, and it is a large category that sometimes under delivers value-wise. But La Ferme Du Mont Chateauneuf-Du-Pape is a special bottling that marries generosity, complexity and finesse better than many others. It is a fine example from a hot year, but composure is nicely maintained. It has a lovely, classic grenache-based, and very detailed nose of strawberry/cherry jam, licorice, lilac florality, pepper and fresh herbs. To enjoy now with aeration or age about five years.

La Ferme Du Mont Chateauneuf-Du-Pape

($57.95, Eurovintage Wines & Spirits)

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