Decanter praised 2017: "Winemakers across the Rhône are celebrating a vintage of excellent quality". It's certainly up there with the power vintage 2015, the first year we asked Jean-Marc Diffonty to make this rich red. That was to commemorate the 20th anniversary of working together and was such a hit that we asked him to make it again in 2016 and 2017. Jean-Marc's family estate has centuries of history - indeed, the wines were blessed by the Pope himself - and recent times have shown Jean-Marc as a true star. US critic Parker describes his wines as "the most forceful and powerful of Châteauneuf". Rule breaking Benedictus blends Côtes du Rhône with premium Châteauneuf, aged a year in oak for smoothness. Decant before serving if you can.