The 2016 Clos des Brusquières us a total beauty from Claude Courtil, who is the godson of none other than on of the Rhône Valley’s most legendary producers, Henri Bonneau. Claude worked under his godfather for many years and they both shared the same winemaking practices. This vintage may be Claude’s finest yet, as it begins with simply gorgeous aromas of raspberries and plums, woven together with spices, smoke, cured meats, herbs and lavender, which are completely captivating in the glass. On the palate this is just as impressive, as it possesses a gorgeous sleek, silky texture with beautiful soft, round tannins and remarkable overall balance. It glides effortlessly across the palate into the long, totally seamless finish. This is a classic Châteauneuf-du-Pape which is drinking remarkably well upon release, and should also go on to age tremendously well for years to come.