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| ||Tasted by Mr T on 4/15/2015: Mature but in an excellent place and very well balanced. Light ruby color, still some earthiness along with sweet red slightly candied Grenache that is not hot or pruney..very pretty wine and especially considering the vintage (557 views)|
| ||Tasted by winemaker on 3/1/2015 & rated 92 points: Same as last note. Popped and poured. I let it sit for an hour before tasting. I think it is time to drink these. I doubt that it improves from here. (719 views)|
| ||Tasted by CHINACAT on 2/27/2015 & rated 92 points: Popped and poured. This was the first time I had a CNP from this producer, and I was impressed. Medium ruby color. The nose was wonderful, with some floral, bramble and menthol overtones. On the palate, dark red fruits (not overripe), peppery and still quite fresh. I think this wine can continue to improve over the next few years. (627 views)|
| ||Tasted by Eric on 2/7/2015: A mid-winter visit to Châteauneuf-du-Pape; 2/5/2015-2/7/2015 (Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhône, France): An amazing success for the vintage. Garrigue, screaming garrigue, licorice, white pepper and sweet cherry. This is a big wine, but it shows great purity. (1815 views)|
| ||Tasted by winemaker on 1/9/2015 & rated 93 points: PnP. Light ruby in color. Plenty of garrigue and Balsam. Not overripe at all. Excellent CdP from one of my favorite producers. (911 views)|
| ||Tasted by peternelson on 12/9/2014: Don't remember much of this one, except that seemed to be lacking character and had lower aromatics. Medium body, a little soft. Did not make an impression. Brian and Jen's. (1081 views)|
| ||Tasted by SteelerFan on 11/28/2014 & rated 93 points: I really liked this. Lighter color and very fragrant. I agree with other notes about sweetness, but not too much. Still some leather and tar. Crowd was mixed on this, but I really liked it. (904 views)|
| ||Tasted by Philippe_C on 11/14/2014 & rated 93 points: wow, ripe strawberries, minerality and salty licorice... super elegant salty licorice, ripe red cherries, nice acidity, good lenght 20 sec, very ripe for a Charvin, but still very elegant! (1132 views)|
| ||Tasted by Lessthanzero on 8/25/2014 & rated 93 points: Absolute stunner. Calm, but still full of fruit and a touch of the animal. (1378 views)|
| ||Tasted by wine4ever on 7/5/2014 & rated 93 points: Definitely French….with the smell of barnyard and Provencial herbs on the nose. Medium bodied. Palate is peppery, earthy, with grilled meat and a mixture of dark currant, orange peel and herbs on the finish. Only negative is that it does finish a bit dry. Drink before 2018. (1501 views)|
| ||Tasted by humagne on 6/6/2014 & rated 91 points: Very aromatic, some barnyard. Somewhat dried out in the finish. Drink now. (1507 views)|
| ||Tasted by Rob and Meg on 4/28/2014 & rated 94 points: From magnum. This was just simply singing. Perfumed and lively on the nose and palate, boasting incredible wild sweet red berry fruit, potpourri, forest floor, and savory herbs. Medium to full bodied, balanced, and quite lifted, with excellent framing tannin on the finish. In a wonderful spot in its evolution, though will have no trouble in the cellar. Drink or hold. (1599 views)|
| ||Tasted by Malibu wino on 4/18/2014 & rated 93 points: Lavish bouquet of barnyard and herbs. Fruit forward, but still light on its feet. Finishes with sweet menthol. Very enjoyable wine, glad I have 11 more. Drinking at its peak, I suspect. Give it an hour or two of air. Love it. (1547 views)|
| ||Tasted by EMichels on 3/18/2014 & rated 92 points: Ton of iodine; Great nose; Really meaty; Great; Exactly what I would hope for in CdP (1440 views)|
| ||Tasted by JOsgood on 3/15/2014: Great nose with a serious depth of flavors. So much power on the palate. Very young still. Probably will be better on day two. Just too big and ripe for me on this night. My taste has changed, I don't care for CDP at all. (1317 views)|
| ||Tasted by tim m on 3/1/2014 & rated 91 points: Still needs air. I would decant for at least a couple hours. (1064 views)|
| ||Tasted by amred on 2/20/2014 & rated 93 points: Drank with the 2003 Usseglio Mon Aieul as noted with our tasting note of that wine. In contrast to that very rich, fruit-driven wine, this was a classic ChdP and in the best of ways. Color was still solid, no brick, and the prototypical ChdP nose of garrigue, a hint of Brett, earth and...good fruit. In the mouth, a classic. All the same elements just mentioned, very well integrated and with plenty of fruit. This was a 2003, but very well done. Lots of fruit and alcohol, but simply not over the top at all. Drinking perfectly now, but will hold for awhile, not withstanding the hot year. (1056 views)|
| ||Tasted by drwine2001 on 10/10/2013: Garnet center, gently fading edge. Assertive nose of baked red fruit, Provencale herb and licorice. Heavier and fuller than Charvin usually is but nowhere near ponderous. Actually quite complex and classic, has more black fruit and less of that pure Grenache character so prevalent at this estate. Got better and better in the glass. Having had the 2000 and 2001 earlier in the week, I'd say that for my taste, this wine trailed the 2000 but was more enjoyable than the 2001. (2015 views)|
| ||Tasted by Philippe_C on 8/8/2013 & rated 92 points: Nose of animal, pata negra jamon, red cherries, mineral, ... taste is very delicate, mineral with ripe red berries, very feminine! (2177 views)|
| ||Tasted by schway on 7/5/2013 & rated 94 points: This is drinking wonderfully. Loads of berry fruit, approaching jammy, but still fresh and plenty of funky herbs and earth to keep it interesting. Wish I had more. (2042 views)|
| ||Tasted by amred on 5/16/2013 & rated 93 points: We all know 2003 was a hot year with often over-extracted wines, including ChdPs. This wine was very fruity (but red, not ripe) and actually a bit pale in color--almost like a pinot noir. In the mouth, exceptionally smooth and well balanced, and very surprisingly mid-weight. Not at all over the top, too ripe, gamey, etc. Very much unlike some of the other 2003s we are drinking as fast as we can. This was really a delight. A well made, balanced wine. Our first bottle! I recognize other notes are more consistent with the vintage, but we have been "testing" 2003s and this was an exception. Remember, he uses no wood at all, and is conservative in style. (2360 views)|
| ||Tasted by pablopilot on 5/14/2013 & rated 95 points: Almost more like an older Bordeaux... smokiness and lots of glycerin on the palate. (2228 views)|
| ||Tasted by Jeff Leve on 3/13/2013 & rated 91 points: Definitely fully ready for prime time, with its pepper, jammy kirsch, black raspberry and garrigue filled personality. I liked the wine, but it could use a little more freshness in the spicy, red berry, dominated finish. (2471 views)|
| ||Tasted by citizen1 on 1/10/2013 & rated 93 points: Decanted for one hour. Brilliant. Earth, minerals. (2252 views)|
| ||Tasted by Zingrrl on 12/29/2012 & rated 91 points: Consistent with previous notes. (2099 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.)
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 )