Chateauneuf Du Pape 1990 Horisontal (@Terkel): Some blackberry and the fruit still has some depth to it. The backbone is however a bit frail and the flavors are a bit hollow with a dominating alcohol presence. It does however collect itself a bit in the glass and it is overall still a wonderful and impressive wine
Julefrokost 2010 (Casa Smidt): Lovely sweet black currant nose that is also very complex and the impressions just keep coming: Coffee, sweet tobacco, dried herbs, black tea. The palate is equally enticing and also have a lot of complex flavors. Black currant and raspberry fruit mixed with leather and green leaves. A huge tannin and acidity structure that is very impressive for such an old wine! Very complex spices and just a crazy wine!!
Drunk at St John with lunch (Partridge) Bottle was opened and decanted an hour before drinking. Dark purple color, looked very young, on the nose there was leather notes, a little barnyard and smoke with a little sweet spice. very thick in the mouth...had some creamy black fruits, bacon fat, and smoke...very well kept bottle, filled the mouth , long finish, very good example of old pegau...my wine of lunch
[From Bob Parker's cellar]. Deep black/ruby, brick rim. Nose of red currents, rose petals, soft spices, fresh hay, warm brioche. Remarkably balanced in the mouth, with sweet fruit still hanging in there although attenuated, tannins becoming noticable, framed nicely by moderate aciidity. A lovely wine, no longer at its prime but still drinking incredibly well.
Pégaü vertical tasting (Graz, Austria): Brilliant medium ruby, medium tears. Decent spearmint, bit cool, fine cool white pepper fruit, bit of lovage (this is old). Plump body, sweet dark fruit, rum punch, some acidity, fierce tannins. Long finish, fruity velvety tannins. Rum punch note is a bit disturbing, else top wine.
Score: 50 + 4 for optic + 14 for bouquet + 17 for taste + 8 for overall = total score of 93.
The opaque, dark crimson wine quickly filled the air with spicy plum and earth notes. Eventually leather and grilled meat joined the melody. The flavors were intense and well-integrated: Plump, dark plums, black pepper, tar, tobacco, and wood smoke smoothly brought the wine to a long and lush finish. I really liked this wine -- my first experience with a CdP of any age. It won’t be my last.
The '85 Pegau is an undeniably terrific Chateauneuf. It has a reduced core of red/black fruit; developed, but far less than I would have expected (this did come from a cool cellar). It needed some coaxing and air time before it started to open up. A classic. I hope more recent vintages have similar thrills in store after extended cellaring...