M. Chapoutier "Les Arenes" Primeur Cornas Rouge Vallée du Rhône France 150.00 2006
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It had an offensive nose. Very bitter. Not a good wine.
Rating 85 .Somehow disappointing. Strong vegetal nose and taste. Tannins slightly bitter. Full body long finish. Smell is to annoying for me to warrant a better rating.
I found this Cab a bit restrained, with no hard edges. Very soft tannins, a pleasant nose, and controlled fruit with some nice herbal notes. Very easy drinking.
I had this with dinner a few weeks ago. Overall this is an OK wine. There were good citrus flavors as well as some tropical fruit, but for me it was a bit too grassy. I know the southern hemisphere produces a lot of grassy SB, but I have had some from this region (Casablanca Valley) that were not quite so overpowering.
floral good balance, some crispyness, nice delicate white fruits aromas very nice with lobster ravioli
Amazing handling of French oak... so present yet so elegant... nectarine, pineaple, apple, tinges of citrus... some malolactic fermentation and lees... which give the very elegant buttery characters... it is a hybrid of old and new world... would suit charcoal grilled scallops with citrus/cream sauce... 91/100
It's a big wine, elegant, enough fruits to carry the American Oak (?), white pepper, you almost need cutlery to get through the wine... 92/100
External Reviews for M. Chapoutier "Les Arenes" Primeur Cornas Rouge Vallée du Rhône France 150.00
The 2007 Vieux Teacute;leacute;graphe may be the greatest wine made at this property since the 2005 and 1998. Dense ruby/purple-tinged with an exquisite nose of salty sea breezes, licorice, ground pepper, jammy black cherries, black currants, figs, and plums, this is a full-bodied, rich, Provenccedil;al-styled offering with lots of sweet, ripe tannin. It is surprisingly accessible for a Vieux Teacute;leacute;graphe (this wine normally shuts down several years after bottling), but it should have great longevity (25+ years) given its power, full-bodied mouthfeel, and enormous length and richness. This is a brilliant effort form brothers Freacute;deacute;ric and Daniel Brunier.
A beautiful wine is the 2005 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape. A saturated dark ruby, it offers up notes of seaweed wrappers (nori) intermixed with truffle, black raspberry, cherry, and some black currant, pepper, and iodine. Fleshy, full-bodied, with good acidity, moderately high tannins, and a long, rich finish, this wine will require 2-4 years of bottle age then drink well for close to 20 years.
Medium red. Cherry, roasted herbs, earth, licorice and an almost exotically sweet note of marzipan on the nose. Supple in the mouth, with notes of pepper and woodsmoke. Seems fresher that the '97, but this is not at all dominated by its acids. Finishes with very good length, and tongue-coating but supple tannins.
Glass-staining ruby. Highly pungent bouquet offers black fruit compote, olive and floral qualities, along with a slightly high-toned quality that recedes with air. The palate-coating, deeply concentrated cassis and blackberry flavors display a slow-mounting spiciness. Pretty powerful for a wine from this estate, showing more heft and dark fruit character than usual. The finish is broad, velvety and impressively persistent. Longtime fans of this propertyrsquo;s usually elegant style might not be over the moon for this winersquo;s virility.
The 2006 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape, which is aged only in foudre and bottled with minimal clarification, is a more masculine, muscular effort than most 2006s. Its dark ruby/purple color is followed by notions of the sushi seaweed wrapper, nori, interwoven with incense, lavender, pepper, and copious quantities of black cherry and raspberry fruit. Medium to full-bodied, with moderate tannin, and good structure as well as depth, it will benefit from 3–4 years of bottle age, and should keep for 15 or more years.
Glass-staining ruby. Highly pungent bouquet offers black fruit compote, olive and floral qualities, along with a slightly high-toned quality that recedes with air. The palate-coating, deeply concentrated cassis and blackberry flavors display a slow-mounting spiciness. Pretty powerful for a wine from this estate, showing more heft and dark fruit character than usual. The finish is broad, velvety and impressively persistent. Longtime fans of this property's usually elegant style might not be over the moon for this wine's virility.
The 1996 Chacirc;teauneuf du Pape is evolved, forward, richly fruity with medium body, and plenty of smoke, pepper, allspice, black cherry and Provenccedil;al herb aromas. Seductive, round, charming and sexy. The 1996 possesses slightly more depth, is fuller-bodied, and with riper fruit concentration, but they are very close in quality. Will offer delicious drinking for 6ndash;7 years.
Food Pairings for M. Chapoutier "Les Arenes" Primeur Cornas Rouge Vallée du Rhône France 150.00
Yellow . Luscious tropical fruit and juicy grapefruit rounded out with soft vanilla and hazelnut notes. Wonderful fruit flavours, pleasant acidity and sweetness. Elegant and beautifully balanced.