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Fruit hides behind the still austere density of the Wine. Unusual concentration. It will take some time in the bottle...Read more...
The deep ruby/purple colored 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Speciale reveals notes of tree bark, blackberry, kirsch, licorice, pepper, and roasted ... Read more
The 2004 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is a blend of mostly Grenache with some Syrah and Mourvedre. Provencal notes of herbes de Provence, sm... Read more
Reminiscent of Pomerolrsquo;s Chacirc;teau lrsquo;Evangile, the inky/purple-colored 2001 Chacirc;teauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes offers up aromas ... Read more
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The deep ruby/purple colored 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Speciale reveals notes of tree bark, blackberry, kirsch, licorice, pepper, and roasted meats. It is full-bodied, tannic, has zesty acidity, and a gripping, muscular structure. This is a wine that needs to be forgotten for a good 6-8 years before consumption. Michel Tardieu, who has exceptional knowledge about some of the finest vineyards and grape sources in both the northern and southern Rhone, utilizes the consulting services of renowned oenologist Philippe Cambie. The southern cuvees in 2005 were all very strong. These wines are generally aged in small, new oak barrels but with the Grenache cuvees kept in less new oak. Certainly they can show some new oak early in their life, but experience has taught me that after 4-5 years they become well-integrated in the richer, ripe years.
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.
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 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes Cuvee Speciale is composed primarily of Grenache with a touch of Cinsault. While the two previous Chateauneufs were made from destemmed fruit, this offering includes 100% stems. All from the famed La Crau parcel, it was made from 80-year old vines, and boasts 15% alcohol. Loads of pepper, garrigue, licorice, seaweed, and sweet currant, cherry, and plum-like fruit emerge from this full-bodied, fleshy, ripe, low acid Chateauneuf du Pape. Drink it over the next 10-15 years.
This is gorgeous, with wood spice and tobacco notes leading the way for a massive core of black Mission fig and warm currant preserve flavors. This has the opulent fruit of the vintage, but maintains an edgy minerality as well. The long finish ripples with lavender and black tea. Grenache. Best from 2010 through 2023.
Stunning, with a terrific range of fig sauce, blackberry confiture, blueberry and linzer torte flavors layered with spice, mesquite, fruit cake and sweet earth notes. The long finish is riveted by minerality. So lush and accessible that this may be burning the candle at both ends, but it does so beautifully. Drink now through 2023.
The 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Speciale boasts a dark ruby/plum color and a big, sweet nose of garrigue, new oak, blackberries, and sweet cherries. The wine is full-bodied, ripe, moderately tannic as well as powerful, and rich. It is another wine that will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring, and last for 15 or more years.
Fruit hides behind the still austere density of the Wine. Unusual concentration. It will take some time in the bottle before the Wine reveals its enormous potential.
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