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Clos des Brusquières Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2007
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Fine purity, with red plum and currant fruit enhanced by floral, mineral; and lavender notes. Long on the finish, with licorice and hot stone notes emerging. Best from 2007 through 2020.
The 2005 Clos des Brusquieres has much more to it, but still retains an elegant nose of dried herbs, black cherries, and black currants intermixed with a bit of cedar and resiny pine forest notes. It is a more complete wine, medium to full-bodied, with good depth, ripeness, and a heady finish. It should drink well for 8ndash;10 years. These tend to be traditionally made Chateauneuf du Papes that can be somewhat irregular in quality, but when they hit the mark they are worthwhile old-style Chateauneuf du Papes. Both the current vintages are certainly very good wines, but perhaps not as impressive as they could be for the vintagersquo;s quality.
The 2004 Clos des Brusquiegrave;res from the family of Courtil-Thibaut (the proprietors) is a medium-bodied wine that shows sweet, cedary fruitcake notes, some old roasted herbs, and light to medium ruby color. It has some lushness, spiciness, and herbaceousness that are attractive, but it is best drunk over the next 3ndash;4 years. These tend to be traditionally made Chateauneuf du Papes that can be somewhat irregular in quality, but when they hit the mark they are worthwhile old-style Chateauneuf du Papes. Both the current vintages are certainly very good wines, but perhaps not as impressive as they could be for the vintagersquo;s quality.
Ruby-red. Emphatic red berry nose with gentle spice accents. Gives an almost liqueur-like raspberry impression on the palate, with a suave, silky texture and fully absorbed tannins. The spice notes repeat on the finish but this is all about sweet, supple red berry fruit. This will drink well young.
Crushed dark berry, graphite and tobacco notes, with fine-grained tannins carrying the finish. Drink now through 2012.
I suspect this wine will turn out at least as good as the upper-range score indicates, with lots of old-vine Grenache characteristics clearly present in this soft, attractive, kirsch-dominated wine. It has a deep ruby/plum color, notes of resin interwoven with pepper, garrigue, and plenty of black cherry and strawberry. This is lush, elegant, and almost Burgundian in its focus and overall personality. It should drink nicely for 10ndash;15 years.
Enticing, with pastis and warm fig reduction aromas and flavors leading the way, backed by mulled currant fruit, black tea and plum jam notes. The long finish flaunts the fruit of the vintage, while maintaining its balance. An impressive showing for this domaine. Best from 2010 through 2023. -JM Saturated ruby. Rich red and dark berry liqueur aromas are complicated by white pepper, garrigue and smoky minerals. Refreshing, delineated raspberry and black cherry flavors show impressive depth without excess weight, thanks to fresh mineral snap on the back. There's a pinot noir-like elegance and purity to this wine that's quite alluring. The outstanding 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape exhibits a darker, plum/garnet/ruby hue as well as an evolved, but complex bouquet of kirsch liqueur, lavender, new saddle leather, spice box, and garrigue. It is an unadorned, pure wine with the kirsch/black cherry liqueur character following through across the attack, mid-palate, and finish. Quasi-rustic tannins kick in at the finish, but there is more than sufficient substance to stand up to the wine's structure. Nevertheless, I recommend 1-2 years of bottle age, and consumption over the following 12-15 years. ** Only 21 in Stock **
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