Wine Advocate 93 Points
The 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape came across as classic and very traditional on this showing, with a firm, structured feel that will benefit from short term cellaring. Offering up notes of kirsch, Asian spice, licorice and ground herbs, it has bright acidity, solid concentration and an elegant, lengthy feel. Give it another couple years and enjoy bottles through 2027.
Located in the northwest part of the appellation, with vines in Cabrieres, Maucoil, and l’Arnesque (limestone soils), Laurent Charvin makes one of the most elegant and seamless Châteauneuf du Papes out there. Opting to produce a single cuvee, the winemaking here is staunchly traditional, with no destemming and fermentation and aging occurring all in concrete tanks. The wines never see a touch of oak whatsoever.-JD
International Wine Cellar 92-94 Points
Deep ruby. Vibrant, mineral-laced red fruit and floral scents are complemented by notes of licorice and succulent herbs. Densely packed and lively, boasting superb clarity and lift to its sweet black raspberry and cherry flavors. Expands and deepens on the finish, which is firmed by smooth, fine-grained tannins. Lovely balance here.-JR