If you're doing Dauvissat, you're also doing Raveneau. Right? Hard to believe this is a 2003. Firmly packed and very mineral, with air and warming some ever so slightly ripe fruit comes forward. Terrific. This is an amazing model of restraint given the vintage.
France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
impossibly awesome. Incredible savory perfume fragrance, superb finesse. I just wanted to bury my nose in my glass, privately, in a corner, in the dark, weeping. Why can't Châteauneuf be this good all the time? (There was also a 2008 Charvin Châteauneuf that I forgot to try; most said it was the most Rayas-like non-Rayas Châteauneuf they had tasted in recent memory.)
Very delicate and light in profile compared to all the Cote-Roties and Cornas, but with hallmark aged notes giving it nice lift and complexity. Very refined. Reminded me of a 1994 Trollat Saint-Joseph tasted in the recent past. Very happy to have tried this as the only bottle of older Gonon I had a chance to buy myself was corked. Drink up.
Textbook awesome oldschool Cote-Rotie. Ash, brine, meat. Almost fully transformed into non-fruit complexity, though there's a core of fruit still powering this along. Everyone at the table snapped to attention when this one was poured. This was a revelation to me as I've spent very little time with Clusel Roch's wines. Just so damn good.
OMFG. Beyond spectacular. The nose is an indescribable array of exotic and flamboyant Northern Rhone scents, and it's so refined and filigreed in texture but with stunning intensity and power. Absolutely arresting and singularly awesome wine with lots of life ahead. This and the Verset were my favorites.
Off-the-chain awesomeness. Just beginning to hit its stride of greatness. The fruit is so 1999 rich, but it's just a part of the kaleidoscope of classic Verset flavors: pork broth, blood, seared meats, olives, etc. There's Verset and then there's everyone else. What a pleasure and privilege to drink this magnificent wine.
You know, this was pretty awesome. But it was so different than the others, with a very firm beam of very ripe fruit, though without any blowsy richness. The more classic Syrah characteristics expressed themselves on the finish; olive especially. Some oaky drying tannins clamped off the very end. This seemed very young to me. Of the 4-wine flight of this, the Jamet, the Verset, and the Chave, this was the least interesting to me.