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| ||Tasted by CHINACAT on 7/10/2015 & rated 91 points: This bottle was a little different from the one I had a month ago. The color was purple, without much cloudiness. Expressive nose. Tasted fresher and had more fruit, a bit less complex, but a smoother finish. A nice CNP that is still in a pretty good place, but I would drink up. (90 views)|
| ||Tasted by CHINACAT on 6/19/2015 & rated 91 points: Purple color and a bit cloudy. Pleasant nose, although a bit restrained. At first it tasted a bit tired and harsh. After about an hour it evolved into a nicely balanced, mature CNP. The wine is still in a good zone, but might be starting to slide from its peak. (112 views)|
| ||Tasted by yaki on 6/5/2015 & rated 90 points: Not decanted. The wine has a pale red/garnet hue in the glass with a slight, noticeable haze. The bouquet is moderately intense, dominated by red cherry and leather. The palate is very traditional in style, showing cassis, red cherry, leather and cigar box. There is a gamey, animal character to the wine. It is definitely showing advanced age and just beginning to come down from peak. Acidity is medium and overall the wine is balanced although a bit hot. Definitely best to drink in the next few years before the alcohol overpowers the rest of the components. I really like the moderately long, classic finish. (182 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 10/20/2014 & rated 92 points: P&P to decanter, serve. Color intense cherry red with some dark hues, clear, surprisingly little sediment and no sign of bricking although difficult to tell for sure in moderate restaurant lighting. Beautiful albeit restrained CDP bouquet of kirsh, red and black plums, flowery violet notes, a bit of saddle leather, and licorice. On the palate we have lovely dark sweet cherries, black plums, licorice, herbs and earthy nuances stretching into a long graceful finish of cherries, inner perfume of violets and lavender, black tea and earth. Excellent complexity in both nose and taste shows this as perfectly aged, and a real treat. Acid is still medium and keeps the fruit lively, while the tannins are fully integrated and soft. Outstanding pairing with traditional French preparations of seared duck breast over lentils and roasted lamb loin. I would have scored this a 93 had it not been for the touch of heat in finish. A wine like this reminds you why you buy and lay down CDP from excellent vintages and pedigree. At peak now, drink in the next three years. (752 views)|
| ||Tasted by Too much practice. on 11/2/2013 & rated 88 points: Everyone commented on it, served with lamb. Really very good, very mature. Takes a lot of effort to enjoy Chtnf de Pape - price, age, etc, but this was worthwhile. Delighted everyone else really noticed it. (1509 views)|
| ||Tasted by iamandyc on 9/18/2013 & rated 90 points: Transformed over three nights. Day one started out light cherry, silky with some creaminess, mineral and slight spice - almost pinot-like. Over the next two days it got progressively darker, with fruits moving to black cherry and slightly stewed. Texture got fuller and brightness faded. Tobacco and spices more pronounced but this was not as pleasant. Overall a very interesting bottle that I think has years left. (1611 views)|
| ||Tasted by Rickfell on 1/12/2012 & rated 93 points: Opened up after 1 hour, spice and blackish red fruit, no oak that i could detect, great mouthfeel and very enjoyable overall. Noticed it was 15.5% ABV (3021 views)|
| ||Tasted by Grinner on 11/6/2011 & rated 92 points: 15th Annual Lyon 10 Year Retrospective (Chez Lyon in Eugene, OR): Similar to the one tasted 2 days prior. But this bottle was from Hugh and leaned more towards black fruit w/ some add'l iron mineral notes. Some typical CdP spice gave it away as a "non-ringer". Has a few years left. Iodine more obvious on day 2: 92 pts. (3600 views)|
| ||Tasted by Grinner on 11/4/2011 & rated 92 points: We liked this a lot for the price and pedigree. Medium garnet color, it has all the usual CdP spice, anise, saddle, underbrush notes along with red > black fruit. The texture is plush almost opulent. Balance is great; this is on plateau, but certainly no risk of dying soon. A great preview to an upcoming 2001 CdP tasting! (2823 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 6/2/2010: wonderful. silky, pure and semless. cheryy fruit with tobacco and spice. Lenthy finish (2882 views)|
| ||Tasted by Bradford on 1/10/2010 & rated 91 points: Surprisingly tight. Started to come around after two hours in the decanter. Needs 5-6 years. Medicinal cherry, licorice, cassis nose. Beautiful, clean, silky structure. Meaty, with dark, dark berries and black licorice coating the mid-palate (No oak in sight!). Developed sticky brown sugar component after 2.5 hours. Medium finish. This will certainly gain complexity. (3000 views)|
| ||Tasted by d'Artagnan on 11/27/2009 & rated 89 points: Lunch O'Thym. Offrande d'Olivier.|
Un peu de sous-bois au nez, du fruit rouge (cerises) avec un petit coté oxydatif, de la viande.
En bouche, bonne cohésion, un vin qui a une dizaine d'année mais garde une bonne vigueur. Cerises à noyaux, un peu raisin sec, un style Rhône sud traditionnel. Bonne structure, un vin bien fait mais assez simple, dont la finale est correcte mais plutôt rustique, avec un brin de chaleur. Bien mais plutôt simple, manque un peu de charme et de complexité. J'étais sur un Vacqueyras 98 ou 2000. 88-89 pts (2551 views)
| ||Tasted by WetRock on 8/12/2009: Some reduction on the nose smelling like this was Syrah heavy. Darkly fruited on the palate again reminiscent of Syrah or maybe some heavy Mouvedre with some animale characters. The spice characters spoke of CdP to me. This would need more time for my palate or plenty of air. Wish I had another bottle to let sleep. Very good. (2652 views)|
| ||Tasted by ras2006 on 7/26/2009 & rated 89 points: cork broke into pieces as I opened it, but the wine was very nice (2888 views)|
| ||Tasted by KeithAkers on 3/7/2009 & rated 92 points: nose: really good and intriguing dark profile with roasted meats, black fruits, garrigue, dark red cherries and berry tones. There is an understated nature to the nose as well that draws you in|
taste: excellent medium feel with tasty tones of black licorice and meaty tones upfront that then move well into balanced tones of garrigue, anise, black fruits, and slight hints of perfumes emerge as the wine opens up more
overall: just starting to drink. Good complexity and depth with a very intriguing understated style that is cool and laid back. A slight bit of ligher color at the rim and nice concentration towards the middle, this should be a fun wine to track over the next 10-15 years (2864 views)
| ||Tasted by jdunnuck on 2/16/2009 & rated 92 points: In comparison, the 2001 Domaine de la Charbonnière Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Mourre des Perdrix (70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, and 15% Mourvedre) was much more open and precocious with spicy black cherry and raspberry, spice, licorice, incense and floral aromas on the nose. Perfumed, spicy and drinking damn well, this in a good spot and possesses medium body, a silky, smooth texture and a lush, easy going character. There’s plenty of length and like the Vieilles Vignes, it’s beautifully balanced, elegant and just a joy to drink. Showed best with an hour or so of air and drink this beauty over the next 10 years or so. (3245 views)|
| ||Tasted by cseanb1 on 12/7/2008: Decanted 1hour and consumed over 3 hour period. Everything you want CdP to be. Still plenty of lfe here and should age quite beautifully. (3093 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 11/9/2008 & rated 92 points: Beautiful nose of plums, cherries, and garrigue, especially lavender, with caressing tannins, pure fruit, and a medium-length finish that adds a bit of lead pencil shavings. (3136 views)|
| ||Tasted by foodandwineblog on 5/28/2008 & rated 93 points: Great aroma’s of violet, cherry, and soiled mixed with sweet berries and tobacco. On the palate the wine is very elegant with flavors of sour cherry, subtle black tea component, and fresh soil. Tannins are soft and well matched with the acidity, cherry and earth reappear on the 30-45 second finish. Very nice wine. foodandwineblog.com (3258 views)|
| ||Tasted by HenryW on 5/3/2008 & rated 91 points: Good strawberry aroma and flavor. Not much in the way of secondary characteristics. Nice acidity. Moderately tannic. (3301 views)|
| ||Tasted by DianeR on 5/1/2008 & rated 92 points: Kermit Lynch Wine dinner: Bistro Laurent (Paso Robles, CA): The nose was wonderful, with smoke, leather, cherry, and cloves - a very intriguing wine. On the palate, an excellent balance, with more leather, tobacco, strawberries - smooth mouthfeel, good structure, and earthy fruit. Slightly closed, but the wine opened up gradually as we enjoyed dinner. Paired with a sautéed filet of "John Dory" in a red wine reduction at Bistro Laurent. 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre. (3668 views)|
| ||Tasted by bknysak on 4/24/2008: Tasted at a retailer's tasting. Lusty, slightly hot wine. Didn't show much nuance beyond the heat and spice. A libidinous wine. (3340 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 12/27/2007: had this a year ago to the day and it continues to be buty of a CdP. (3521 views)|
| ||Tasted by xiekai on 11/20/2007 & rated 89 points: a superlative cdp. medium bodied, with spicy herb and strawberry notes, has real legs to last another 10 years. (3670 views)|
| ||Tasted by paulst on 10/8/2007 & rated 90 points: Thick tannic currant jammy earthy. (3679 views)|
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The Rhone Report, Bonus Reviews (2/16/2009)
(Domaine de la Charbonnière Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Mourre des Perdrix) Login and sign up and see review text. 92 points
|By Stephen Tanzer|
Vinous, January/Febuary 2004, IWC Issue #112
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Vinous, January/February 2003, IWC Issue #106
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Domaine de la Charbonnière Producer website - Read more about Charbonniere
AOC Red Châteauneuf du Pape
Cuvée Hautes Brusquières
Grape varieties :
This cuvee is made up of Grenache (70%) and Syrah (30%)
The vines are between 30 to 50 years old.
Situation and soil type :
All the grapes come from the Brusquières plateau, in the north of Châteauneuf du Pape, where we can find the famous round pebbles and a clayey subsoil
Wood and stainless steel with temperature control
Since 2000, we have decided to destem and to crush all grapes
Vatting lasts 3 to 5 weeks, depending on the vintage at a temperature between 25 and 30°C
A release or a punching of the cap is done every 2 days and pumping over every day.
The malolactic fermentation happens in barrels and vats.
Ageing continues in barrels and big oak tanks during 12 – 18 months depending on the vintage.
This is an atypical cuvee in terms of its complexity of aromas: deep spice, black fruit flavors and chocolate notes are overlaid with leather and a wild complexity.
This complex nectar needs a long cellaring to 15 years from vintage.
The cuvee bottled without filtration is stocked in our warehouse air-conditioned at 16°C.
2001 Domaine de la Charbonnière Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Mourre des PerdrixBlend: 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre.
Red Rhone Blend Read about the different grapes used to produce red and white Rhone wines
On CellarTracker, Red Rhone Blend is the term for a wine consisting of two or more of the traditional 13 Southern Rhone grape varieties. Typically it's the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre or Cinsault grapes, but can also contain the Muscardin, Counoise, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Picpoul, Roussanne, Terret Noir, Picardan or Vaccarese grapes.
A 'food' wine. Lacking pretension and intended for local consumption with local cuisine. Lacks the 'high' notes on a Bordeaux, more earthy and sharper so often a better partner to meat dishes with a sauce.
France Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)
Rhône Guide to the wines, wineries and appellations in the Rhone Valley The Rhône Valley/Le Vins de la Vallée du Rhône (Comité Interprofession des vins AOC Côtes et vallée du Rhône)
Southern Rhône Guide to the wines, wineries and appellations in the Southern Rhone Valley
RP APPRAISAL OF SOUTHERN RHONE VINTAGES:
WA: 2011 88R / 2010 98T / 2009 93E/ 2008 86R / 2007 98E / 2006 92R / 2005 95T / 2004 88R / 2003 90I / 2002 58C / 2001 96T / 2000 98E
### 2005 ###
In southern Rhone, 2005 was a below average sized crop, because of continuing drought and the fact that there are so many old vineyards where low yields are the rule of thumb even in an abundant year. While 2005 is truly an excellent vintage in the south, I do not believe it is a compellingly great vintage, because it has more in common with beefed up, improved version of 1995 than with what I consider an irrefutably great vintage like 1998, 2001 or even 2000. Certainly the wines have plenty of structure and possess fresher, more vibrant acidities than most years provide. The top wines also display impressive levels of concentration. However all the 2005s tend to reveal a certain firmness, and if the grapes were picked too soon, or the vinification/upbringing were not carefully handled, there is a toughness and austerity to the tannins that ultimately will prove to be problematic. Nevertheless, there is an ocean of top wines.
### 2007 ###
The 2007 vintage in Southern France was wonderful. Here is what controversial Robert M. Parker (Wine Advocate Issue 179) said about it, “Throughout the southern Rhône, 2007 is the greatest vintage I have tasted in my thirty years working in that region. I think of 2007 as a hypothetical blend of an opulent, powerful, sumptuous year such as 1990, and a cooler draught vintage such as 2001. The cool weather and the remarkable three weeks of Mistral in September that concentrated the grapes without any spikes of high heat appears to have given the 2007s an aromatic dimension and freshness that I have rarely witnessed. Combine that with wines that are substantial, powerful, and relatively high in alcohol, with super depth of fruit! These are very aromatic wines of great concentration, freshness, laser-like focus, and amazing purity as well as depth. It is the vintage of my lifetime for this region, and I don’t say that lightly.”
### 2010 ###
Robert Parker, on the 2010 vintage:
"Some producers think 2010 eclipses 2007 because of the wines' vivid freshness and focus. Throughout the southern Rhône, the hallmarks of the vintage are very dense purple, sometimes even blue/black colors as well as higher acid levels that have not been seen since 2004 and 2001. In fact, 2010's paradox is that I can't remember a vintage so concentrated, powerful and rich that also has such zesty acidity. The 2010s will have significant aging potential, which is obvious in the level of tannins, but the tannins are sweet with exceptional elegance and finesse. The ratio of high extractive and phenolic skins to the juice has produced wines of extraordinary intensity, freshness, aromatic potential and obvious longevity. This is another great vintage that offers an embarrassment of riches for this region that has enjoyed a succession of extraordinary years."
### 2011 ###
- "has most Rhône vintners exceedingly optimistic for a third straight outstanding year…" -Wine Spectator
- "fans of fruit-forward, accessible wines will find plenty to like from '11, which looks to be an ideal candidate for restaurants as well as for wine lovers…" -Stephen Tanzer
- “we have got 2011 which is a combination of these two great vintages." -Michel Chapoutier on how 2011 is a combination of the 2009 and 2010 vintage
- The 2011 Southern Rhone Region was Rated 89-92 by Wine Spectator's Vintage Chart!
(By Wine Spectator
2011 Vintage Report: France
A first look at vintage quality in French wine regions, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers
Posted: November 14, 2011
The 2011 harvest has most Rhône vintners exceedingly optimistic for a third straight outstanding year, though a handful rued some late rains and heat that blemished what could have been a perfect growing season.
By Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2011 and 2010 Southern Rhone Wines
By Josh Raynolds
"...fans of fruit-forward, accessible wines will find plenty to like from '11, which looks to be an ideal candidate for restaurants as well as for wine lovers who lack the facilities or patience for long-term storage.
Fans of graceful, fruit-driven Rhone wines will find plenty to like from 2011 and, as was the case in 2008, 2006 and 2004…"
Michel Chapoutier on 2011 in Rhone Valley: A detailed Early Report
26 Octobre 2011
The tastings of the 2011 vintage have recently given an opportunity for Michel Chapoutier to give his first impressions of the quality of this vintage for the appellations of the Rhone Valley. Prior to the presentation of each appellation, he noted that "after a warm and sunny 2009 vintage that resulted in the exuberance of grape varieties, 2010 was a fresher year with slow maturities which generally gave tense wines - to those who were able to wait for the phenolic maturity - some mineral wines, elegant with an outward expression of the soil, we have got 2011 which is a combination of these two great vintages. "
"This 2011 harvest in Rhone Valley was both early and late: a real paradox!"
By Wine Spectator’s Vintage Chart
Drink Rec: NYR
Description: Warm spring, but cool, wet weather in July and August led to uneven ripening; Indian summer saved the vintage. Grenache is light, but Syrah and Mourvèdre strong, so blending key; there will be some excellent wines, but heterogenous from domaine to domaine.)
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Châteauneuf-du-Pape Appellation - Read more about Chateauneuf du Pape
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"As I have written many times in the past, the sweet spot for drinking Châteauneuf du Papes is usually the first 5-6 years after the vintage. Then they seem to go through an adolescent, awkward, and sometimes dormant stage, only to re-emerge around year 10-12, where the majority of wines are often fully mature. The best of them will continue to hold on to life (but rarely improving) beyond 15-20 years. It is only the exceptional Châteauneuf du Papes that will evolve for 20-25+ years, and those are indeed a rarity. However, things may be improving dramatically in terms of the longevity of Châteauneuf du Pape, although Grenache-dominated wines, the vast majority of wines produced in the appellation, are wines that do not have the polyphenol (extract and tannin) content of top Cabernet Sauvignons, Merlots, or Syrah-based wines. Nevertheless, the younger generation in Châteauneuf du Pape has taken seriously the farming in the vineyards. There are more organic and biodynamically run vineyards here than in any other appellation of France. The yields, which were already low, are even lower today (20-35 hectoliters per hectare), and of course, the proliferation of top luxury and/or old-vine cuvées gives a significant boost to the number of wines that will evolve past 25 or 30 years. The advantage of these wines is their broad window of drinkability." ( Robert Parker )