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Community Tasting Notes (average 37 notes) - and median of 90 pts. in hiding notes with no text
| ||Tasted by pifcho on 5/31/2014 & rated 90 points: Liked it better than my bottle 3 months ago. Richer and deeper, but maybe showing a touch of alcohol as well. Definitely a CDP hiding in a simpler designation. (742 views)|
| ||Tasted by pifcho on 2/28/2014 & rated 89 points: Well, this is holding up well. Smooth, fresh and silky. Good cherry fruit and herbal notes. Well put together but lacking a bit of depth and complexity to go beyond its CdR pedigree. (828 views)|
| ||Tasted by Philippe_C on 2/24/2013 & rated 93 points: Powerful nose of feasant, ripe strawberries, leather, roasted meat... surprizingly young, with red and black cherries, fresh, ripe tannins, mineral... almost no sign of age in the mouth... incredible for a Côtes du Rhone!! (1622 views)|
| ||Tasted by backroadbob on 2/13/2013 & rated 90 points: More love for 2001 SoRhos. Best showing yet from this case. Tannins fully resolved. Red fruit driven with a nice touch of funk and herbs in the nose and on the palate. Like a mid weight CdP. Peaking, but should be fine for another few years. $12 well spent. (1450 views)|
| ||Tasted by grafstrb on 12/14/2012 & rated 88 points: -- popped and poured -- |
-- tasted non-blind over 4 hours --
NOSE: light raspberry, strawberry and red currant mélange; strong mineral note; lightly herby; a touch smoky or a slight matchstick note; moderate- to moderate expressiveness.
BODY: medium-light to medium bodied; garnet core with bricking throughout; color is of medium-light to medium depth.
TASTE: good acidity; drying tannin; moderately strong garrigue note; clean, with light concentration of typical, Grenache red fruit flavors; hint of sandalwood; fruit is very light; lots of acidity; 14% alc. is not noticeable; no point in holding off on these any longer: drink now.
B: 50, 5, 11, 15, 7 = 88 (1623 views)
| ||Tasted by Philippe_C on 2/10/2012 & rated 91 points: Powerfull nose of mineral, salinity, meaty, cherries, very ripe, hint of licorice... in the mouth, very refined tannins, salinity, red berries, very very nice cotes du rhone (1705 views)|
| ||Tasted by pbaek on 7/16/2011: Fully mature now, this is all about complexity and nuance. There is a bit of funk on the nose, garrigue, dried fruit. Then on the palate there is plenty of mint, pine needles and herbs. It is obvious that this is an honest wine and because of that it is utterly satisfying. While I'm not a big fan of drawing parallels to other wines/regions this does indeed taste like a mature Burgundy. The last bottle I have left should be consumed in the not too distant future. (1721 views)|
| ||Tasted by Navotas on 9/18/2010 & rated 92 points: Darn drank the other bottles too soon. This is drinking beautifully. Wonderful nose---garrigue aplenty. Mature palate everything integrated and a lengthy finish. Can't wait to try the CdP. (1658 views)|
| ||Tasted by zovizule on 2/6/2010: Dark fruit and barnyard on the nose. Silky completely resolved tannins, low acid, just lightly faded fruit. Maybe just over the hill, but still excellent. (1851 views)|
| ||Tasted by simpsonr on 4/17/2009 & rated 92 points: This bottle was mildly corked but holy asian spice, sandalwood incense and white chocolate Batman. This is some seriously killer CdR. Damn I wish I had a case more of this. This such a freakin silky, perfumed, sexy wine that the corked flaw couldn't do it in. Thank God for red wines like this, they make a cold snowy April night a total joy. And yes, even corked! (2230 views)|
| ||Tasted by JFish on 2/3/2009: A little barnyard on the nose. Tannins are pretty well resolved, fruit still holding but very feminine in style at this point. Nicely paired with bison pot pie. (2162 views)|
| ||Tasted by humagne on 4/14/2008 & rated 92 points: Pleasure drinking now. Gamey and funky nose, but lots of fruit, spices etc. Nice mouthfeel with well-integrated tannins. (2309 views)|
| ||Tasted by tskrueger on 2/29/2008 & rated 90 points: Killer nose of bright raspberry, fig, vanilla, and just a hint of EtOH, but not enough to detract from the wine. Silky mouthfeel...The bright raspberry and fig carry through on the palate, accompanied by cigar box, a hint of char, and graphite. This shows nice acidity that keeps it elegant on the tongue...Really nice...Bet this will be even better tomorrow. (2360 views)|
| ||Tasted by humagne on 9/22/2007 & rated 92 points: This is very nicely drinking now. Notes of spices, garrigue, leather, blackberries. Very elegant but still powerful and long, high quality tannins. Holds long in the glass and in the open bottles (no deterioration 5 days after bottle was opened!!). (2548 views)|
| ||Tasted by stephen locke on 2/1/2007: Popped and poured. Nose of red fruits - strawberries and cherries with some licorice. A silky smooth wine - quite burgundian. Good balancing acidity. A lovely wine drinking well now - must drink my remaining bottles this year. (2807 views)|
| ||Tasted by stephen locke on 9/24/2006: Decanted 1 hour|
This wine is getting better and better, and I'd not be surprised if there is yet more improvement possible.
Deep red with a watery rim.
A nose of cherries, spice and pepper.
Soft & silky- almost burgundian -mouthfeel, and a palate involving earth, fruit, spice.
Wonderful CDR that would put many a CNDP to shame, that is now drinking really well. Can't wait to try the CNDP. (3009 views)
| ||Tasted by TheOtherPoster on 8/1/2006 & rated 90 points: Goodbye, dear friend... last of my 12 bottles. And then best one, too. What Dan Teng said. (3376 views)|
| ||Tasted by Dteng on 7/2/2006 & rated 90 points: This is now open for business! Light to medium body, this beauty just rocks considering the pricetag (I think under $20). Pure, clean, moderately concentrated, aromas of strawberries, ripe cherries, pepper, earth, licorice...everything you'd want in a CdR. The mouth feel is silky and to my taste somewhat Burgundian. What a great nose! My first 3 bottles had me worried as they were relatively closed and I vowed to refrain opening any more until 2006... this bottle has restored my faith for my remaining stash and reconfirmed that this is one of the great QPR's, at least in my cellar. (3676 views)|
| ||Tasted by pgm on 7/1/2006 & rated 90 points: We enjoyed this a bit more than the last bottle (J. especially, who very much appreciates its rustic, old-world character). Red fruits, cherry and strawberry, with garrigue and white pepper, and just a touch of earth and leather. If I came across more, I'd buy more... (3427 views)|
| ||Tasted by TheOtherPoster on 5/5/2005 & rated 90 points: What Eric said on 4/19/2005, including his comment on being stingy. ;-) (4266 views)|
| ||Tasted by syrahlvr on 4/25/2005 & rated 88 points: Bought a bunch of these for like $14 when they came out and am about done with them. They have always been between delicious and solid.|
This bottle is more good than delicious. Very forest floor/pine/resin nose with a smooth mouthfeel. Medium weight and a good finish that falls off a little quickly but not too much so.
Don't know that these have a ton of life left but they are still drinking fine. Gonna finish my last 3 in the next few months.
Still, for $14 they are a solid value. (4082 views)
| ||Tasted by Eric on 4/19/2005 & rated 89 points: On the way home today I stopped by McCarthy & Schiering, and they poured me a blind glass of the 2002 Domaine Pierre Usseglio Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Cherry and a bare hint of brample led me guess this this was Southern Rhône and Grenache dominated, but I was thinking this was a simple Cotes du Rhône. Whoops, I guess that is vintage 2002 at work... There was also a rep in the store pouring a bunch of things for the staff, and the last item was the Petit Vin d'Avril Vin de Table, the bottom end of the Avril (Clos des Papes) lineup, a blend of fruit from 2001-2003. Hmm, this was a nice mouthful, not as smooth as the Usseglio but more highly structured, showing more character and backbone, much more clearly from the Rhône. Not bad for a $12 bottle of wine. Tasting this picqued my curiosity to grab a bottle of the Plan Pégaü Vin de Table Lot 2003 from the shelf and see how it compared. The price point is just a little higher at $12.75, but the difference was stark. Garrigue, cherry, a hint of stemminess, yet fresh, juicy and well structured on the palate. There is no mistaking the origin, and this is a pretty serious table wine!|
All of this pleasant yet ultimately average wine had me in the mood to open something a step up when I got home. So with sauteed salmon, shiitake and grilled broccolini I popped a bottle of 2001 Domaine Gerard Charvin Côtes du Rhône Le Poutet. This is a pretty humble wine for which I paid $16 a last year. The comparison is stark. The nose exudes Provencale herbs, cherry, copious white pepper and hints of licorice. The palate is spicy, herbal and so clearly Southern Rhône, an absolutely gorgeous example of Côtes du Rhône. The mid-palate is a touch hollow, but this finishes out surprisingly fresh and long, coating your mouth with that uniquely dry yet pleasant quality that I associate with wines of the region. I am probably a touch stingy at 89 points, but this is a very, VERY nice wine, well done! (3826 views)
| ||Tasted by ScottG on 2/4/2005 & rated 88 points: Solid CDR, pairing well with grilled steak. Pine and funk on the nose. A bit of tartness and heat overall, and somewhat short, but overall fairly balanced. Medium to light bodied, with a good dig of classic CDR grenache character. (4089 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 1/5/2005: Another off bottle. Corked? I'd say so for sure, but I just find it hard to believe that I got so many bad ones. (4026 views)|
| ||Tasted by BradA on 12/13/2004 & rated 90 points: Drank with gnocci and mustard and herb coated pork loin--delicious! Sweet blackberry aromas and flavor--a good value at $15. I can't wait to try the big brother one of these days. (4213 views)|
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Domaine Charvin Producer website - Read more about Charvin
OWNERS & HISTORY:
The Domaine Charvin was founded by Guillaume Charvin in 1851. 16 years later, in 1867, the entire planting area was destroyed by vine fretters. But William Charvin and other members of the family didn’t let this get them down, and replanted the soil. At this time, the family name also changed from Charavin to Charvin – due to an administrative error. The winery is situated in the northwestern part of the region next to Château Maucoil.
The family began its work with four hectares of land in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The first bottling at the winery – intended only for private consumption – took place in 1951. During the following years, most of the wine was sold to dealers. In 1990, with Laurent Charvin, the sixth generation took over the family business. During his first year, he produced some 8,000 bottles of wine. The remainder was still sold to local dealers. Since 1990, the amount of wine produced has increased each year. At the moment, the winery has 8.2 hectares of land in three different lieux-dits: Maucoil, l’Arnesque, and Cabrières, all in the northwestern part of the region. The soil there consists mainly of limestone and loam, and is more or less covered with stones. The average age of the grapevines is 45 years. Laurent Charvin loves to philosophize about nature, adjusting himself to whatever happens outside: to the weather, the soil, and the grapevines. He explains:
“I’m not sure whether the quality of the wines increases with passion; the potentials of the soil and of the grapevines are more important. You have to comprehend what you have. Besides, you should never try to copy your neighbors, because each parcel has unique material with its own DNA.”
GEOGRAPHY & VARIETALS:
Only a single red Châteauneuf-du-Pape is produced; it consists of 85% Grenache, 5% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre, and 5% Vaccarèse. The wine is made in a very traditional manner. No stems are removed; after sorting, the grapes are lightly pounded and then poured into fermentation tanks made of concrete. The wine is recirculated daily during alcoholic fermentation and maceration, which last around three weeks. Laurent is no friend of excessive extraction of the wine, but rather aims at more balance, freshness, and structure in the wine. Experimentally, and always striving to maintain optimum freshness, Laurent uses concrete tanks exclusively during the ripening process lasting eighteen months. All of the wine is bottled without interruption and without filtering, in order to avoid even the slightest differences from one bottle to the next. Annual production amounts to around 30,000 bottles.
"It would be no problem for me to make two cuvées: a powerful one and a light one. But I am convinced that only a mixture of the two will make a wine the way a wine should be, and the way I like it!"
- Laurent Charvin
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.)
Côtes du Rhône Côtes du Rhône (Wikipedia)