Domaine Saint Préfert Collection Charles Giraud Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2009
Deep ruby. Wild, meaty blackberry and blueberry scents, with a tangy mineral undertone. Dense, deep berry flavors build and gain sweetness with aeration, finishing with a strong creme de cassis quality framed by pliant, suave tannins. Compellingly sweet and concentrated wine.Add winemaker's notes
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Deep ruby. Wild, meaty blackberry and blueberry scents, with a tangy mineral undertone. Dense, deep berry flavors build and gain sweetness with aeration, finishing with a strong creme de cassis quality framed by pliant, suave tannins. Compellingly sweet and concentrated wine.
What I tend to think of as the top cuvee, although it is not that certain when you taste these wines next to each other, is the Chateauneuf du Pape Collection Charles Giraud. The 2009, which is showing better from bottle than it did last year, is a wonderfully complex wine made from 60% Grenache and 40% Mourvedre. (The Grenache comes from 80-year-old vines aged in concrete, and the Mourvedre from 60-year-old vines aged in 600-litre demi-muids). This wine was utterly perfect in 2007, and I think the 2009 is another fabulous wine. Complex notes of licorice, incense, lavender, new saddle leather, blackberry and kirsch along with some tree bark and roasted meats are all present in this complex, fragrant wine, which is full-bodied, dense, rich and capable of improving for another 5andndash;10 years and lasting two decades.
This gushes forth, with loads of plum, blackberry and cassis that saturate the palate, while apple wood, tobacco and perfumy incense keep everything fresh and alluring through the very lengthy finish, where a lively peppery hint leaves a mouthwatering feel. Best from 2013 through 2024.
A stunning nose of warm fig jam, buckwheat honey and shiso leaf notes gives way to a superrich palate of blackberry, black licorice, graphite and bittersweet cocoa. But this is silky smooth and super refined on the finish, thanks to ripe, embedded tannins and a great undertow of acidity. Better with cellaring. Drink now through 2027.
The 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Collecion Charles Giraud has a saturated ruby/purple color and a beautiful nose of blueberries, blackberries, licorice, creosote, and some smoked herbs and seaweed. It is full-bodied, dense, chewy, with good acidity, high tannin, and fabulous fruit richness. This will require patience, probably about 2-3 years of bottle age, and then can be drunk for the next 15 or more years.
Displaying a denser ruby/purple hue, the 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Collection Charles Giraud comes from the sector of Chateauneuf du Pape known as Cristia (whose soils contain a lot of sand as well as the famous small boulders and rocks known as the Galets Roules). Composed of 60% Grenache (from 80-year-old vines) and 40% Mourvedre (from 60-year-old vines), this wine is aged in 3-year-old 600-liter demi-muids. In 2007, this was one of the most monumental wines I have ever tasted, and the 2009, while not comparable, is a gorgeous offering that is unquestionably one of the stars of the vintage. It boasts a dark ruby/purple hue as well as impressive aromas of roasted meats, beef blood, forest floor, black currants and kirsch. The complex aromatics are followed by a dense, rich, full-bodied wine that will benefit from 1andndash;2 years of cellaring, and last for 10andndash;15 years.
The 2005 Châteauneuf du Pape Collection Charles Giraud displays a deep ruby/purple color along with tangy garrigue, pepper, incense, creosote, licorice, and meaty notes. This is a full-bodied, seriously endowed wine with firm structure, a boatload of tannin, and a full-bodied, powerful mouthfeel as well as finish. This masculine Châteauneuf-du-Pape possesses a certain angularity, so it will benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age. Drink it over the following 15 years.
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