Domaine Clos du Mont Chateauneuf du Pape Clos du Mont-Olivet 2009
The 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition exhibits a dark ruby color (darker than 2006) and a lovely, ripe nose of sweet black cherries, raspberries, pepper, loamy soil, and spice. The wine is medium to full-bodied, relatively soft for a 2005, with light tannin in the finish. It should drink well for 10-15 years.Add winemaker's notes
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The 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition exhibits a dark ruby color (darker than 2006) and a lovely, ripe nose of sweet black cherries, raspberries, pepper, loamy soil, and spice. The wine is medium to full-bodied, relatively soft for a 2005, with light tannin in the finish. It should drink well for 10-15 years.
Brothers Jean-Claude, Pierre, and Bernard Sabon own this domaine. Their children - David, Mylene, Celine and Thierry Sabon - are gradually taking the reins, with Thierry handling the winemaking. More than 90 percent of the 62 acres of vines is allocated for their two red Chateauneufs. The regular cuvee in 2005 is 80 percent Grenache, 10 percent Syrah and 5 percent Mourvedre and Cinsault, with the remainder mixed varieties. The wine is aged 18 months - first in tank, then in foudre.
Medium red. Intensely spicy aromas of cherry and dark berries. Very fresh in the mouth, with impressive purity to the ripe cherry and cassis flavors. Silky and deeply fruity on the spicy, long finish.
Made from 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault, Counoise and Vaccarese (aged completely in old wood foudres), the 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition displays classic, textbook Chateauneuf du Pape aromas of kirsch liqueur, roasted Provencal herbs/garrigue, cedar and loamy soil intermixed with a hint of lavender. Full-bodied and lavishly fruited with moderately sweet tannin and abundant glycerin, this heady, upfront, complex, evolved 2009 can be enjoyed over the next 10andndash;12 years.
The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape kicks up the intensity ever so slightly. It has a darker ruby hue and an elegant nose of black raspberries, sandy, loamy soil notes, roasted Provencal herbs, and hints of pepper and spice in a medium to full-bodied finish. A blend of 80% Grenache and the rest Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault, Counoise, and Vaccarese aged totally in old wood foudres, it should drink nicely for 8andndash;10 years.
While cut from the same cloth as the 2000, the 2001 Châteauneuf du Pape Les Olivets has more acidity and density because of lower yields and a cooler harvest. It displays the same pepper, spice box, garrigue, balsam wood, plum, and cherry aromas and flavors as well as medium body and additional tannin. Anticipated maturity: now-2013.
Medium red. Spicy red berry and kirsch aromas are complicated by olive, garrigue and dried flowers. Very spicy in the mouth, offering vibrant strawberry and cherry flavors and finishing with supple tannins and excellent persistence. Lovely now, but I'd stash mine for at least another three years.
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