From the good 1996 vintage and scoring 90/100 Parker points, "The outstanding 1996 Chateauneuf du Pape La Crau de la Mere is one of the vintage's stars. A beauty, it boasts a deep ruby color, followed by explosive jammy, blackberry, and cherry fruit intermixed with spice and pepper. Medium to full-bodied and dense, with superb purity, and a multi-layered, unctuously-textured finish, this wine combines power and concentration with an aromatic, supple style. The deep ruby/purple color hints of the impressive extraction obtained in this vintage. Drink it over the next 6-8 years. This fine 1996 is among the more full-flavored and robust Chateauneuf du Papes of this soft, commercially-styled vintage." Drink now - 2025. This vintage wine is shipped in a deluxe silk lined wooden presentation box with four wine accessories (corkscrew, wine pourer, drip stopper & wine thermometer) [worth £17.99] at no extra cost and now includes a free gift card with your personal message and tasting and storage notes.