Domaine Grand Veneur Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Premier 2006
The newest special cuveacute;e (introduced in 2006) is the 2007 Chacirc;teauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes (50% Grenache, 40% Mourvegrave;dre, and 10% Syrah). Made from 50ndash;100+year old vines and aged 18 months in small oak barrels, it is potentially one of the longest lived wines of of the vintage. This exquisite, dense purple-colored effort reveals intense but restrained notes of cassis, kirsch, lavender, licorice, and graphite. A wine of great intensity as well as remarkable finesse and elegance, is a full-bodied Chacirc;teauneuf that will require plenty of patience. Give it 3ndash;4 years of bottle age, and drink it over the following 25ndash;30.Add winemaker's notes
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The newest special cuveacute;e (introduced in 2006) is the 2007 Chacirc;teauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes (50% Grenache, 40% Mourvegrave;dre, and 10% Syrah). Made from 50ndash;100+year old vines and aged 18 months in small oak barrels, it is potentially one of the longest lived wines of of the vintage. This exquisite, dense purple-colored effort reveals intense but restrained notes of cassis, kirsch, lavender, licorice, and graphite. A wine of great intensity as well as remarkable finesse and elegance, is a full-bodied Chacirc;teauneuf that will require plenty of patience. Give it 3ndash;4 years of bottle age, and drink it over the following 25ndash;30.
The newest baby, the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes, is a blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Mourvedre, and 10% Syrah. All of these wines are from the estatersquo;s three major holdings in the northern part of the appellation, on the high plateau of Mont Redon and Cabrieres, and in the northeastern sector, near Beaucastel. The 2007 Vieilles Vignes represents the essence of Chateauneuf du Pape. Inky/purple to the rim, with extraordinary full-bodied aromas of roasted porcini, meat juices, blackberries, cassis, smoke, and grilled herbs, it is intense to the point of almost over-extraction, but it has no rough edges. It possesses great purity, an amazing texture, and a massive, full-bodied finish with noticeable tannin. Because of its high percentage of Mourvedre and Syrah, it requires 6ndash;7 years of bottle age, and should keep for 30ndash;35 years.
Bright purple. Exotically perfumed bouquet of ripe raspberry, boysenberry and cherry, with complicating notes of cola, sassafras and star anise. Deep, juicy dark fruit flavors provide impressive palate coverage and are braced by zesty minerality. The dark berry and cola notes resonate on the long, focused finish. This is already appealing but seems built to age.
The debut vintage of the Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes, the 2006 (nearly all Grenache) has totally closed down. It possesses a Chateauneuf du Pape style with a Bordeaux structure. Dense ruby/purple to the rim, it displays a hint of new oak along with sensational levels of kirsch liqueur, licorice, lavender, and loamy soil. Full-bodied and powerful, with high tannin, it is built for the long haul. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2044. This estate, owned by the Jaume family, has been on fire over the last decade. The wines are made in a polished, civilized, modern style, but they do not lack Provencal or Chateauneuf du Pape typicity.
The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes (a cuvee that was first made in 2006) is a blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre and 20% Syrah, all aged in new oak casks. Despite all the new oak, its influence is marginal. Some toasty notes are present, but the wine is very full-bodied with extraordinarily intense aromas and flavors of creme de cassis, kirsch, lavender, licorice and hints of lead pencil shavings and smoke. Dense, full-bodied, tannic and super intense, this is a massive 2009 that begs for 4ndash;5 years of cellaring. It should drink well for 20ndash;25 years thereafter.
Saturated purple. Stunning bouquet of mineral-laced raspberry, boysenberry and potpourri, with a strong note of licorice emerging with air. Deep and sweet but energetic, showing powerful red and black fruit flavors and a strong underpinning of graphite and iron. The boysenberry note recurs on the finish, which is strikingly pure, focused and long.
In 2006 a 100% Grenache cuvee was added to the portfolio, the Vieilles Vignes. The 2006 Vieilles Vignes is as impressive as a 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape can be and looks to be one of the candidates for the wine of the vintage. Given the fact that it is all Grenache, the wine has an absolutely magnificent density and an inky purple color, huge, powerful flavors, and a finish that goes on well past a minute. This is a wine for very patient connoisseurs as it is meant for long-term aging. It is an exquisite expression of Chateauneuf du Pape and Grenache. This tannic, awesomely endowed wine has everything going for it. Anticipated maturity: 2014andndash;2030+.
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