Châteauneuf-du-Pape Ac Cuvée Alexis Establet 2010
Editorial Reviews for Châteauneuf-du-Pape Ac Cuvée Alexis Establet
Dark red violet color; garrigue, tart plum, tart berry, mineral nose; garrigue, tart plum, tart berry, mineral palate; medium-plus finish 92+ points
Much fresher than the 1989 with earthy notes recalling fresh mushrooms, asian spice notes, tobacco, nuances of fine tea and very floral herbs de provence in the mouth this too is drying and tannic lacking some of the softness of the 89 but making up for it with a better sense of freshness and a nice subtle astingency that keeps the wine interesting texturally. Also seemingly at peak
Very animale on the nose, wet animal with shavings of dark chocolate, roasted strawberry, old wood soft entry then turns drying, still aggressively tannic, nice mint tinged roasted orange on the palate surrounded by earthy and leathery notes, a bit tough and rustic showing better with food. This would appear to be at peak.
The nose here offers more interest with its clear notes of herbs and spices over a smoky base, there is quite the array of torrefaction notes, roast coffee, toast, cigar ash, leather, and a nice mineral sense lacking in the younger wines. Very lithe in comparison with the ripest tannins by far, great mouthfeel with lots of earthy, savory notes being dominated by tobacco and roast herb notes, the finish is quite short though. Again a wine seemingly at peak with some very good qualities yet neither complete nor particularly compelling.
This opens with a bit of must, dirty and a bit sour even some salinity here, seemingly mourvedre dominated with notable roasted cherry fruit, sweet and round in the mouth but retaining astringency, which is not necessarily a bad thing here, sweet and savory with lots of coffee tones to the sense of roasted red fruit on the palate offering up a layered yet feathering mouthfeel which leads to a finish that is a touch short. Again this is seemingly at peak which is a bit surprising, forgetting for the moment that this was $8 back in the day and probably not intended to age this long, this small horizontal must illustrate something, thinking there was a change in style over the course of time, the tannins here are sturdy and the wines were well endowed enough to last and improve for this long but the more recent versions seem to lack a bbit of depth, havingly seemingly traded it in for a little less rusticity. Oh well I have no more as far as I know. Glad I saved these though.
Tested at 70 deg F on a well-aired bottle, 2 to 3 hours. Interesting nose of unwashed socks, animal fur, drying or smoked meat. In the mouth tastes like aged gamay on steroids, deep rich dark and red fruit mixed in with earthy, meaty, and stony mineral elements. Finishes slightly warm (alcohol?) and with cooling spice together with mid-palate elements fading. Wow. Dry. Body medium, acid medium, tannin medium. 80% grenache.
Tested at 70 deg F on well-aired bottle, 2 to 3 hrs. Interesting nose of game and barnyard with light cola and spice (pepper). In the mouth lovely balance, smooth and centered, with gamey ripe slightly spicy not sweet dark fruit with notes of leather and wood. Finish fades of similar elements plus a bit of metal and pepper spice. Dry. Body medium, acid medium, tannin medium. 80% grenache, 15% syrah, 5% mourvedre.
The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape from Grand Tinel is delicious! Boysenberry and blackberries with a bit of bacon fat and some earth on the nose. A mix of supple black and red fruit on the pallet accompanied by a nice peppery note. Soft, smooth tannins and a persisting finish.
This is a lovely Chateauneuf that is ready to drink now: You'll be hard pressed to find a dark, spicy, berry full bodied wine that hold up to this for the money.
External Reviews for Châteauneuf-du-Pape Ac Cuvée Alexis Establet
BRONZE MEDAL - Decanter World Wine Awards Chateauneuf-du-Pape in the Rhone region of France, takes its name from the relocation of the papal court to Avignon in the 14th century. It is the biggest and most important specific Rhone appellation. Its vines grow in what looks like a shingle beach of big, smooth, oval stones that often cover the whole surface of the vineyard. These rounded stones reflect the heat of the sun during the day and remain warm at night. This allows the grapes to attain a high degree of maturity. Domaine du Grand Tinel was founded in the 18th century by the Establet and Jeune families. Its name derives from the Latin word 'Tina' meaning large barrel or cellar. In 1846 the Establet family acquired parcels of vines at La Gardiole which still today represents the heart of the property, with its windmill known as Le Moulin de l'Auro. Today the Domaine is run by Mr Elie Jeune and his daughter Beatrice and covers 55 hectares of vineyards. Grapes: 90% Grenache, 5% Syrah, 2% Counoise, and 3% Mourvedre. Region : France / Rhone / Chateauneuf du Pape AOC Maker : Christophe Elie Jeune Taste: A deep bright red colour with generous and silky tannins. The aromas evoke red fruit and rich spices. Elegant and well balanced. Serve: At room temperature with roast meats, lamb and casseroles. ABV : 15% Suitable for Vegetarians
Duftiges Bukett nach Zitronen, Ananas und Mandel. Weicher und schmelziger Körper mit einer feinen Säure im mineralischen Abgang.
Dunkelfruchtiges Bukett nach Kirschen und Waldbeeren, Veilchen und feine Röstaromen. Sehr weicher Auftakt, samtiger Körper, aromatisch mit runden Tanninen im langen Abgang.
Feine komplexe Nase, vornehme Frucht, Kräuter, Beeren, leichte Gewürznoten. Im Gaumen vollmundig, kräftig, reich- und nachhaltig. Die Tannine sind präsent und schön eingebunden.
Sehr tiefes, brillantes und dichtes Violettrot. Intensive, vielschichtige, konzentrierte, reife Frucht im dichten Ansatz, feine, dichte Textur. Sehr harmonisch mit exzellentem Säurerückgrat, eindrucksvoller langer Abgang.
Dark ruby. Ripe black raspberry and cherry on the nose, with complicating notes of rose, incense and smoky minerals. Brighter red fruits join the dark berries on the supple, sweet, seamless palate. This appealing wine displays good back-end lift and lingering dark fruit character.
Food Pairings for Châteauneuf-du-Pape Ac Cuvée Alexis Establet
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