One of the wines of the vintage, the 2013 Châteauneuf du Pape Collection Charles Giraud (a 60/40 blend of Grenache and Mourvèdre) reveals a darker ruby color and beautiful notes of black raspberries, toasted spice, roasted meats and warm spice. Beautifully concentrated and medium to full-bodied with ripe tannic structure, give it two to three years in the cellar and enjoy bottles through 2025. 94/100.
Winespectator.com: 96/100. Shows impressive depth and range for the vintage, with layer upon layer of steeped fig, crushed plum and warm raspberry preserve
flavors forming the core, all backed by Turkish coffee, licorice root and roasted alder notes. The finish is long and authoritative, presenting a beguiling whiff of shiso leaf at the very end. A superb effort. Best from 2018 through 2030. From France.
Vinous.com: 93-95/100. Deep ruby. Complex, spice-dominated bouquet of dark berry preserves, incense and Asian spices, with a bright mineral quality adding lift. Stains the palate with sappy, sharply delineated red and dark berry liqueur flavors. Like all of Isabel Ferrando's '13s, this wine shows outstanding energy and fruit expression. Finishes spicy and very long, leaving notes of candied lavender and spicecake behind.