A high end wine available close to $20 thanks to Costco. The Kirkland Signature Chateauneuf-du-Pape!
This Chateauneuf-du-Pape, created by thir- generation winemaker, Guillaume Gonnet, unites the four terroirs of Chateauneuf-du-Pape; river stones, limestones, clay and sand. The 2019 vintage is undoubtedly exceptional. The fine tannic structure, minerality, the aromatic concentration of dark fruit, liquorice and spices are in perfect harmony. This is a wine that can be enjoyed when young, or cellared and enjoyed for many years to come.
Produced & Aged by Selectionne Eleve par Guillaume Gonnet
Today's Costco pick is a wine we've covered and recommended several times. The wine used to be made by Domaine de Nalys, which was even displayed on the front label. Last year, with the 2018 vintage Costco changed the producer winemaker, Guillaume Gonnet, who makes a number of wines under his own label, including several from Chateuneuf du Pape.
The 2019 continues with this same winemaker but does have a new price tag at $21.99 which pushes it into Saturday Splurge territory. After tasting it, we're not complaining. Read on to find out why we still consider it a QPR Champ.
The 2019 Kirkland Signature Chateauneuf-du-Pape begins with an excellent and exuberant aroma full of red and black currant, red cherry, licorice, nicely integrated spice, some nice touches of flowers and herbs and a hint of a meaty note.
Tasting the smooth, medium-bodied wine unveils a truly harmonious and complex wine. After a couple hour decant blackberry, black cherry, leather, licorice, spice and a touch of an olive note all combine seamlessly in your mouth.
A nice earthy streak mid-palate leads into the delicious, dry, grippy, savory and spicy finish. This vintage is drinking even better at this young age than the 2018 was, so much so that we'd give it a perfect 10 Taste rating. It has plenty of aging potential too.