Checking in as a blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Cinsault and a splash of Mourvèdre, the 2013 Châteauneuf du Pape Reserve Auguste Favier is more Burgundian in style, lively and fresh, with medium plus-bodied richness, fine tannin and ample aromas of blackberry, peppery herbs, lavender and violets. 92/100.
Antonio Galloni's Vinous.com: : 93/100. Bright violet color. A sexy, intensely perfumed bouquet evokes red fruit preserves, Asian spices, minerals and incense. Sappy, penetrating and pure on the palate, offering expansive black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that put on weight and gain sweetness with air. Ripe and broad yet lively on the finish, which hangs on with wonderful tenacity, slow-building tannins and repeating red fruit flavors.