P&P to decanter, serve. Color intense cherry red with some dark hues, clear, surprisingly little sediment and no sign of bricking although difficult to tell for sure in moderate restaurant lighting. Beautiful albeit restrained CDP bouquet of kirsh, red and black plums, flowery violet notes, a bit of saddle leather, and licorice. On the palate we have lovely dark sweet cherries, black plums, licorice, herbs and earthy nuances stretching into a long graceful finish of cherries, inner perfume of violets and lavender, black tea and earth. Excellent complexity in both nose and taste shows this as perfectly aged, and a real treat. Acid is still medium and keeps the fruit lively, while the tannins are fully integrated and soft. Outstanding pairing with traditional French preparations of seared duck breast over lentils and roasted lamb loin. I would have scored this a 93 had it not been for the touch of heat in finish. A wine like this reminds you why you buy and lay down CDP from excellent vintages and pedigree. At peak now, drink in the next three years.
Everyone commented on it, served with lamb. Really very good, very mature. Takes a lot of effort to enjoy Chtnf de Pape - price, age, etc, but this was worthwhile. Delighted everyone else really noticed it.
Transformed over three nights. Day one started out light cherry, silky with some creaminess, mineral and slight spice - almost pinot-like. Over the next two days it got progressively darker, with fruits moving to black cherry and slightly stewed. Texture got fuller and brightness faded. Tobacco and spices more pronounced but this was not as pleasant. Overall a very interesting bottle that I think has years left.
15th Annual Lyon 10 Year Retrospective (Chez Lyon in Eugene, OR): Similar to the one tasted 2 days prior. But this bottle was from Hugh and leaned more towards black fruit w/ some add'l iron mineral notes. Some typical CdP spice gave it away as a "non-ringer". Has a few years left. Iodine more obvious on day 2: 92 pts.
We liked this a lot for the price and pedigree. Medium garnet color, it has all the usual CdP spice, anise, saddle, underbrush notes along with red > black fruit. The texture is plush almost opulent. Balance is great; this is on plateau, but certainly no risk of dying soon. A great preview to an upcoming 2001 CdP tasting!
Surprisingly tight. Started to come around after two hours in the decanter. Needs 5-6 years. Medicinal cherry, licorice, cassis nose. Beautiful, clean, silky structure. Meaty, with dark, dark berries and black licorice coating the mid-palate (No oak in sight!). Developed sticky brown sugar component after 2.5 hours. Medium finish. This will certainly gain complexity.
Lunch O'Thym. Offrande d'Olivier. Un peu de sous-bois au nez, du fruit rouge (cerises) avec un petit coté oxydatif, de la viande. En bouche, bonne cohésion, un vin qui a une dizaine d'année mais garde une bonne vigueur. Cerises à noyaux, un peu raisin sec, un style Rhône sud traditionnel. Bonne structure, un vin bien fait mais assez simple, dont la finale est correcte mais plutôt rustique, avec un brin de chaleur. Bien mais plutôt simple, manque un peu de charme et de complexité. J'étais sur un Vacqueyras 98 ou 2000. 88-89 pts
Some reduction on the nose smelling like this was Syrah heavy. Darkly fruited on the palate again reminiscent of Syrah or maybe some heavy Mouvedre with some animale characters. The spice characters spoke of CdP to me. This would need more time for my palate or plenty of air. Wish I had another bottle to let sleep. Very good.
nose: really good and intriguing dark profile with roasted meats, black fruits, garrigue, dark red cherries and berry tones. There is an understated nature to the nose as well that draws you in
taste: excellent medium feel with tasty tones of black licorice and meaty tones upfront that then move well into balanced tones of garrigue, anise, black fruits, and slight hints of perfumes emerge as the wine opens up more
overall: just starting to drink. Good complexity and depth with a very intriguing understated style that is cool and laid back. A slight bit of ligher color at the rim and nice concentration towards the middle, this should be a fun wine to track over the next 10-15 years
In comparison, the 2001 Domaine de la Charbonnière Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Mourre des Perdrix (70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, and 15% Mourvedre) was much more open and precocious with spicy black cherry and raspberry, spice, licorice, incense and floral aromas on the nose. Perfumed, spicy and drinking damn well, this in a good spot and possesses medium body, a silky, smooth texture and a lush, easy going character. There’s plenty of length and like the Vieilles Vignes, it’s beautifully balanced, elegant and just a joy to drink. Showed best with an hour or so of air and drink this beauty over the next 10 years or so.
Great aroma’s of violet, cherry, and soiled mixed with sweet berries and tobacco. On the palate the wine is very elegant with flavors of sour cherry, subtle black tea component, and fresh soil. Tannins are soft and well matched with the acidity, cherry and earth reappear on the 30-45 second finish. Very nice wine. foodandwineblog.com
Kermit Lynch Wine dinner: Bistro Laurent (Paso Robles, CA): The nose was wonderful, with smoke, leather, cherry, and cloves - a very intriguing wine. On the palate, an excellent balance, with more leather, tobacco, strawberries - smooth mouthfeel, good structure, and earthy fruit. Slightly closed, but the wine opened up gradually as we enjoyed dinner. Paired with a sautéed filet of "John Dory" in a red wine reduction at Bistro Laurent. 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre.
Strong cherry nose with a broad, red fruit attack followed by wonderful herbs, spice, black fruits, and a solid tannic spine that will allow 10 more years of aging. Very balanced, CdP in the burgundian style. Nice stuff
Nice profile of earthy cherries, licorice, and smoked herbs. Penetrating, with good power; took 2-3 hours to open, and even then seemed to be holding back. In my opinion, it could use a few more years.
Light, transparent, garnet to purple. Aromas of Blackberry, wet earth, candied berries, meat, some cocoa and chocolate that evolved to candied strawberry. Taste: of mostly candied strawberry, blackberry, plum, licorice. On the sweet side but a good balance with nice mouthfeel and a long finish.
This bottle was disappointing compared to previous bottles, however it was still quite good. The nose was nowhere near as complex or interesting, and the finish wasn't nearly as long and interesting. Perhaps an off bottle, or possibly just going through a dumb phase?
I had to have my Grenache fix tonight. Nose of blackberry jam, candied fruit and fresh cut flowers. In the mouth, soft, sweet, seductive, hedonistic and sexy. Strawberry, cherry, currant and plum fruti. Licorice notes and a tinge of smokiness. I was worried that it would be closed down, but it is in full glory right now.
Had it with leftover grilled ribeys, sauteed mushrooms and pasta.
Nice purplish red in the glass. Nose of massive garrigue and dark, ripe, and sweet blackberry. Smooth texture and hints of rosemary, super-ripe, plush kirsch as well as very fine tannins. Long finish and still quite tannic. One of the better CDPs I've tasted this year.