Cotes du Rhone Guy Louis Rouge Tardieu Laurent Vino Rosso Valle del Rodano Meridionale Francia Côtes du Rhône Grenache Syrah Mourvèdre 2005
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Ruby-red. Superripe, liqueur-like red fruit aromas complemented by a deep chocolate tone. Brighter in the mouth, taking on a fresh raspberry quality, with fine, silky tannins providing structural support. The finish is sweet but racy, with excellent persistence to the red berry flavors.
Still shrouded by its bacony toast, this has a lot to resolve, but the massive core of blackberry, black currant, fig, loam, dark tobacco and molten chocolate is very impressive. The finish shows the grip and balance of the vintage, boding well for serious cellaring. Best from 2009 through 2032.
The 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes (90% Grenache and equal parts Mourvedre and Syrah) comes primarily from the famed sector of Chateauneuf du Pape known as La Crau. This is a beautiful wine that is more elegant than the regular Chateauneuf du Pape, with raspberry and kirsch liqueur notes, a deep ruby color, finesse, acidity, and ripe tannin. It seems to be a terroir-based statement of Chateauneuf du Pape that cuts a style midway between the traditionalists and the modernists. This wine will need several years of bottle age, and should drink nicely for 15 or more years.
Dark ruby. Ripe, youthfully brooding dark fruit flavors are slow to unfold, eventually giving up floral blackberry and blueberry notes and a dollop of licorice. Spicy cherry and blackberry flavors are a touch bitter and tannic but gain sweetness on the finish, reluctantly. This needs cellaring.
The 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape, which is about 80% Grenache and the rest Syrah and Mourvedre, has a deep ruby/purple color and a sweet nose of creme de cassis, kirsch liqueur, licorice, Provencal herbs, and toasty oak. The wine is modern-styled, full-bodied, but has good acidity and enough tannin to suggest 2andndash;4 years of cellaring is warranted. It should keep for 12andndash;15 years.
Reminiscent of Pomerolrsquo;s Chacirc;teau lrsquo;Evangile, the inky/purple-colored 2001 Chacirc;teauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes offers up aromas of violets, blackberries, and raspberries. Full-boded and intensely concentrated, with backgournd notes of new oak, this phenomenally pure, rich, structured 2001 demands 3ndash;5 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2007ndash; 2018.
The 2004 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is a blend of mostly Grenache with some Syrah and Mourvedre. Provencal notes of herbes de Provence, smoked meats, pepper, and black cherries jump from the glass as well as the flavors of this wine, which is medium to full-bodied, tannic, and backward. It will need 4ndash;5 years of bottle age and last for 15 or more.
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