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| ||Tasted by chablis28 on 5/9/2015 & rated 92 points: Lush and a bit soft on the acid with sweet red fruit and spice flavors. My wife loved it. I'd like a bit more acid but all in all still very balanced and friendly. I double decanted for an hour before dinner but didn't really seem necessary. Still relatively primary at this stage. Alc 15% but no detectable heat just a bit of girth to support. Not sure this has the structure to age for a longtime but Ill wait at least 3yrs for my next one to see. 4 left. I went a little crazy and bought 6 on release. Wish I had settled for three. Paid $62. (845 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 5/3/2015 & rated 93 points: Je l'attendais beaucoup plus grand dans ce millésime hors norme, sachant que le domaine ne pousse jamais trop loin l'extraction et offre toujours une certaine finesse. Ça demeure un excellent vin, le nez est très expressif sur des notes d'herbes aromatiques et de mûres, encore assez primaire. Beaucoup moins "sucré" et capiteux que certains de ses compatriotes en 2007, il présente une belle finesse et il sera très intéressant de le suivre sur 10-20 ans. (936 views)|
| ||Tasted by Cote d'Or on 4/18/2015: Slow-ox'd 4 hrs, decanted 3 hrs, tasted over 1 hr, Wilson School tasting|
-med dark red no bricking
-expressive pure red fruit grenache
-med/med- acidity, med/med+ weight with lot of depth on sappy mid-palate with pure grenache red fruit profile perhaps a touch of spiciness, mild heat on long-ish finish
-drinking very well now in early maturity, very approachable and less heat than many '07 southern Rhones recently tasted (perhaps some '07 CdPs still have some hope), clearly more elegant and fruit-driven than '07 Pegau tasted side-by-side (1174 views)
| ||Tasted by BordeauxBuff on 3/23/2015 & rated 96 points: Drank over the course of 2 days. Classic CDP. By far the best Charvin I've ever tasted. The best part is that this wine has a long life ahead of it. Hold onto your bottles for another 2-3 years before opening this gem. |
Highly recommended!! (1886 views)
| ||Tasted by Eric on 2/6/2015: A mid-winter visit to Châteauneuf-du-Pape; 2/5/2015-2/7/2015 (Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhône, France): This was poured as a mystery wine, and OMG, I correctly guessed it as 2007 CDP. Roasted and ripe, seemingly "easy" but with sneaky tannins than really catch up to you. The 2007 guess was based on the especially sweet and pliant mid-palate and flavor profile. I love where this has ended up, and the more 2007's I taste here, the better I feel about the vintage. (2987 views)|
| ||Tasted by dpolivy on 2/6/2015 & rated 94 points: Tasting in Châteauneuf-du-Pape; 2/5/2015-2/7/2015 (Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhône, France): Smoky and spicy, with mushroom and dark black fruit. So elegant, soft, and round on the palate, with soft, but still grippy, tannin and exceptional balance. Chocolate and white pepper. Riper vintage, but coming together very nicely and showing really well! (864 views)|
| ||Tasted by beatles on 1/14/2015 & rated 92 points: Way, way too young; the fruit is ample, 2007-style, but the wine tastes like it was made yesterday. From a cool cellar, I grant you that, but still impressive. Just hints of locale, garrigue, and certainly a sense of the Charvin-elegance - but also proof of a warm vintage, which is normally not the best here. Will check back in two years. (2280 views)|
| ||Tasted by Jeff Leve on 11/28/2014 & rated 94 points: Intense, classically styled, with ample concentration and structure to age and develop, the fruit is fresh, sweet and spicy with fresh, black raspberries, cherries, thyme and garrigue. I'm going through many of my 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape's at the moment, and 2007 Charvin is the most youthful and least developed so far. This was produced from a blend of 85% Grenache, 5% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre and 5% Vaccarese. (2824 views)|
| ||Tasted by MaximusT on 10/24/2014 & rated 93 points: Fennel. The interesting little seed with so much flavor. Luckily it was in the provincial inspired dinner we had tonight - because this wine wooed it and inspired a true love story. Like Romeo calling up to Juliet's balcony, the anise in the wine seduced the fennel in our meal. But when you have licorice, moist hard rock and a little salt you are in for some Shakespearean drama. Luckily, we finished the bottle with only a little fight over the last drops, but not much else titillation. Important note: we decanted for 2.5 hours. (2494 views)|
| ||Tasted by Loren Sonkin on 10/19/2014 & rated 93 points: Dinner with Friends (Shaker Square): Not as good a showing as a prior bottle but still quite good. I really like Charvin for its elegance. This bottle is no exception although it is a bit riper more fruit forward than most years. Lovely cherries on the nose with some spice and black licorice. Medium bodied. Still young but starting to show some maturity. Cherries and dark cherries with a bit of cherry liqueur on the palate. Enough acidity to work with food. (2538 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 8/31/2014 & rated 94 points: Still a little young, but nonetheless very enjoyable to drink. (2676 views)|
| ||Tasted by d'Artagnan on 7/17/2014 & rated 93 points: Souper avec Laurent Charvin (Restaurant À L'Os): Un nez discret, avec fruit rouge, kirsch et garrigue.|
La bouche la plus riche et opulente, très gourmande avec une belle fraicheur. C'est un fruit presque sucré, mais sans qu'il perde de l'équilibre malgré un coté plus chaud. Finale avec des notes végétales nobles intrigantes, qui participent à la fraicheur. Magnifique potentiel, il faut l'attendre encore quelques années. 93+ (3208 views)
| ||Tasted by john_s on 5/14/2014 & rated 88 points: Far from ready. Colour is not dense but shows little age. Nose ripe and rich. Palate still quite tannic and showing alcohol. My guess at this stage is that it needs the best part of 10 year to reach the development that I like to see in Châteauneuf. My mark is a nominal mark for now. In future it will be a different matter. (3391 views)|
| ||Tasted by tp096255 on 4/1/2014 & rated 92 points: Nice CDP, but nothing great. The nose is better than the mouth/finish. Very perfumed. Just not much body to this thing, surprisingly diluted. (3140 views)|
| ||Tasted by mmcdds on 1/29/2014 & rated 92 points: After about a 1/2 of air, the nose on this bottle was very expressive with aromas of cherry fruit roll ups, earth, floral notes and garrigue, all of which carried over to the palate. After about 4 hours of double decanting, the exuberant red fruit toned down, leaving a classically styled CDP with garrigue, licorice, earth, black pepper and fairly fine grained leathery tannins on the med length finish. This was quite nice tonight, and while it obviously has a long life ahead of it, it's hard to resist right now. (4188 views)|
| ||Tasted by ddingley on 1/26/2014 & rated 91 points: Lovely fruit and medium body; felt like there could have been more. Will save second bottle for at least 2-3 years. Not as good as Chateau Saint Jeans 07which followed (3610 views)|
| ||Tasted by Strikermax on 1/25/2014 & rated 95 points: Zeer donkerrood. In de geur rokerig, lactisch, wat alcoholisch. Dik geconcentreerde wijn, kirsch. Stevige tannines, bittertje, lang aanhoudend. Fraaie combinatie van een traditionele en moderne Chateauneuf. 95+ (3404 views)|
| ||Tasted by aslan-m on 11/19/2013 & rated 92 points: Requires five hour decant. (3725 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 11/12/2013 & rated 92 points: Beautiful bouquet with garrigue and sweet fruits. On the palate full bodied and elegant at the same time. Good and soft cherries, a lot of sweetness and also good acidity. The tannin is soft and round and has something green as well. Early maturity now. (3215 views)|
| ||Tasted by KenPlace on 11/5/2013 & rated 94 points: Took 4-5 hours to wake up. After that, it was gorgeous. Excellent balance. (3185 views)|
| ||Tasted by GTFreek on 11/4/2013: Blind tasted. Developed nose of blackberry, raisin, red flowers, strawberry seed, tobacco. Palate shows rasisins, dates, blackberry, dust, mushroom, med-plus tannins, med plus alcohol. I thought this was Amarone from the raisinated qualities, other guesses were Chinon, Bordeaux, and CDP. Even knowing it was CDP I didn't get that style. This is a huge profile, lots of layers. (2913 views)|
| ||Tasted by BUBBA DAWG on 11/4/2013 & rated 95 points: 60 min decant...striking deep ruby color with excellent clarity...bright and layered nose of ripe blackberries/strawberries, wet sandalwood, allspice, and a hint of pepper/heat perhaps due to 15% alcohol...deliciously well-rounded, palate-staining red fruits and a bit of heat on entry which quickly unfolds into feminine and light expressions of toasted oak, earth and vibrant minerality with a firm backbone and long supple finish...very racy, complex and thought provoking (2932 views)|
| ||Tasted by kenhoeve on 10/29/2013: NR. My wife opened this without clearance. Hot, brooding, and brutally closed. 2nd day not much different. Ouch. (2922 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 8/24/2013: Popped and poured. Probably needed several hour decant. Dense wine, with very ripe, concentrated fruit, coffee, some charred elements, and plenty of ripe tannin. This was too closed to really evaluate, and clearly needs some years, but there was a slight roasted element to it that bothered me just a bit. Given track record of Charvin, I will assume this will come together nicely over time but I would not be drinking now. A-? (3202 views)|
| ||Tasted by monkeyboy666 on 8/21/2013: Twig visit - Chin Chin - Cricket 5th test. Big, dark brooding wine, aniseed/liquorice/cherry, dark/red fruits, hints of spice, plenty of length, very long finish(dare I say New World-ish to a degree). Still a baby, plenty left in the tank - vinfanticide. Decanted before drinking. Wears it's alcohol well, but definitely there. Look forward to this in a few years time. Potential for greatness. Two thumbs up on the yumbo tastiness/enjoyment scale (3228 views)|
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|By Jeb Dunnuck|
The Rhone Report, Issue #9 (9/25/2011)
(Domaine Charvin Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Login and sign up and see review text. 96 points
|By Josh Raynolds|
Vinous, January/February 2010, IWC Issue #148
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|By Jancis Robinson, MW|
(Charvin Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red) Subscribe to see review text.
|By Jeb Dunnuck|
The Rhone Report, Current releases from the South of France, Issue #1 (8/1/2009)
(Domaine Charvin Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Login and sign up and see review text. 95+ points
|By Josh Raynolds|
Vinous, January/February 2009, IWC Issue #142
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|By Jancis Robinson, MW|
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|By Jon Rimmerman|
(CHARVIN Chateauneuf-du-Pape) 2007 Charvin
Considering the 1999 version of this wine (from magnum) is still a contender for my 2009 Wine of the Year, the 2007 appears to be a relatively safe investment - for drinking or as an asset. If Charvin can perform at such a high level in a merely good to very good vintage, where does that place 2007?
Unlike so many of the big-boy wines of the vintage, Laurent Charvin harnessed the potentially over-ripe/liquor-like Grenache of 2007 into a wine that has at least two decades of intellectual potential in front of it. This wine is among the very best of the vintage and I have no doubt it will escalate substantially in value over the next 20-30 years as the aura of 2007 follows it well into adulthood:
This parcel has impeccable provenance - one shipment only:
2007 Domaine Gerard Charvin Chateauneuf du Pape (WA94-96+)
(my instinct says you should be able to find this from Premier Cru and a few other sources but, with 2007, all bets are off. I just don't see availability on Charvin's 2007 as they have cracked down significantly on grey marketing and the US allocation is all but gone at this point. Normally, I would tell you to take a chance and wait for lower prices but, with 2007, I can't make that recommendation. In addition, retailers know where their recession meal ticket is (2007 S. Rhones) and discounting is not likely)
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.)
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 )