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Thunevin-Calvet - Cuvee Constance 2018


Price: $42.00

Sale Price: $13.99

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Producer Thunevin-Calvet
Country France
Region Languedoc-Roussillon
Subregion Maury Sec
Varietal Rhone Blend
Vintage 2018
Sku 43427
Size 750ml

A brilliant effort from Bordeaux legend Jean-Luc Thunevin and up and coming superstar Jean-Roger Calvet, the 2018 Thunevin-Calvet Cuvee Constance is a dead ringer for a ready to drink Chateauneuf du Pape! Thunevin rose to immediate fame with Chateau Valandraud, his garagiste project in Saint Emilion, when Robert Parker compared his Bordeaux to the established classified growths. It's only fitting that the winemaking duo launched this project from a garage in an alley in the Cotes du Roussillon. Focusing on vineyards in Maury's famed black schist soils, this area of Southern France is warm and rugged like Chateauneuf du Pape, producing wines that are equally dark and brooding. Since the early 2000s, this project has grown to a 65-hectare estate where Thunevin and Calvet can control production. Job well done as the 2018 has a ripe, plush, front end-loaded style that's ideal for near-term drinking. Loaded with notes of black raspberry and plum fruits as well as peppery garrigue, licorice, and spice notes, it has good mid-palate depth and velvety tannins. Robert Parker has given the Cuvee Constance 90+ points since inception and that's at the $42 price!

James Suckling: 90 Points

"Rich and creamy with dark berries, wet stones, tiles, white pepper and chocolate on the nose. Medium to full-bodied with chewy tannins loaded with dark fruit and chocolate in the plump, juicy finish. Drink now." James Suckling, 90 Points