External Reviews for Châteauneuf du Pape
Bright ruby. A floral-accented, complex bouquet displays candied raspberry, cherry compote and spice cake, with a hint of anise in the background. Fleshy and sweet, offering deep red fruit flavors that gain power with air. A smoky note comes up on the spicy, gently sweet very long finish.
A candidate for wine of the vintage, the 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape (a tank-aged blend of 90% Grenache and the rest Mourvedre, Syrah and Cinsault from 80+ year old vines) is a naked expression of Chateauneuf du Pape that is pure fruit and complexity. Its dense purple color is followed by aromas of melted licorice, charcuterie, Provencal herbs, black currants, roasted meat, plum sauce, seaweed and licorice. It is incredibly complex in both the aromatics and on the palate, full-bodied and super-rich with sweet tannin and low acidity. Enjoy it over the next 15+ years.
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