Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes Clos St. Jean 2009

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"The 2009 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes is a blend of 75% old vine Grenache, 15% Syrah, and the balance a mix of Cinsault, Mourvèdre, and Vaccarese, with the Grenache seeing only tank, and the Syrah and Mourvèdre components aged in larger oak barrels. Showing a similar profile to the straight Châteauneuf-du-Pape (it‟s basically the same wine, just with older vines), yet with more girth and richness, the wine displays gorgeous kirsch, white chocolate, licorice, sweet spice, and flower oil-like qualities on the nose. This is followed by a full-bodied, brilliantly textured wine that has a seamless, downright sexy profile of ripe fruit, solid concentration, and fine tannin on the long finish. This beauty can be consumed now, or cellared for a decade...94" RR 9/11 "The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes reveals supple tannins, a velvety texture, good opulence and low acidity. The wine is full-bodied, less intense in the mid-palate than the 2010, and already complex and evolved...94" WA 10/11

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Variety: Rhone
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"The 2009 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes is a blend of 75% old vine Grenache, 15% Syrah, and the balance a mix of Cinsault, Mourvèdre, and Vaccarese, with the Grenache seeing only tank, and the Syrah and Mourvèdre components aged in larger oak barrels. Showing a similar profile to the straight Châteauneuf-du-Pape (it‟s basically the same wine, just with older vines), yet with more girth and richness, the wine displays gorgeous kirsch, white chocolate, licorice, sweet spice, and flower oil-like qualities on the nose. This is followed by a full-bodied, brilliantly textured wine that has a seamless, downright sexy profile of ripe fruit, solid concentration, and fine tannin on the long finish. This beauty can be consumed now, or cellared for a decade...94" RR 9/11 "The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes reveals supple tannins, a velvety texture, good opulence and low acidity. The wine is full-bodied, less intense in the mid-palate than the 2010, and already complex and evolved...94" WA 10/11

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