Happy to report, that normal service has been resumed here, quite elegant, intense with kirsch and garrigue, this certainly has the vintage characteristics - but is still much to young - in a sort of middle stage. Quite surely, this will become even more elegant and light on its feet.
Rhone Tasting: A bit primal at first, but even two hours does wonders for this beauty. Nose of raspberry jam, cherries, roses, rhubarb. Pure, juicy and silky despite the power, this is an elegant wine with lots to show: anise, caramel, smoke, earth, roasted herbs. Long and beautiful, a rich approach but oh so pretty. So much life ahead.
This is a wine that always surprises; decanted from a magnum for friends at the weekend recently it immediately received gasps of approval from its sheer succulence of fruit, a deep sway (already) of blackcurrant and fig on the nose followed by that lovely clean and velvetty raspberry gush. This is a wine that pleasures the senses, allowing you to get more comfortable in the chair whilst you ponder its integrity and verve. Lovely fruitiness and a long finish. Superb. And it's not really ready yet............I shall give this another two years before broaching the next, of three, magnums at a special occasion.
Decanted and drunk over 1.5 hours. Autumnal wine. Nose and mouth have a slightly brownish tinge, with notes of compost behind the lovely garrigue. Excellent bottle. Tannins have fully melted, leaving fine layered structure behind. I'll drink remaining bottles slowly over the next 3 years
This wine was double-decanted, initially through Vinturi, followed by three hours in decanter prior to funneling back into the cleaned bottle. It was then presented in double-blind fashion to our Friday tasting group. My taste was unblinded. Medium-to-deep garnet in color, it continues to show excellent depth, complexity and ripeness. Kirsch, blood orange, mulling spice, sage and garrigue aromas precede a fresh, full-bodied, silky-textured palate with comparable flavors. The tannins are soft and the alcohol (listed as 14%) is nicely integrated. Very long on the finish, this is a wine which is in its sweet spot. It should last longer than I previously predicted. Drink now-2020.
A bit of funk on the nose (mild barnyard) that was very interesting. Becoming well integrated with nice balance of acidity, smoothing tannins, and good concentration. Tangy grape flavors with nice complexity and developing flavors across the palate. Nice wine.
PopnPour, tasted over 3 hrs. Minimal clearing/bricking. Nicely aromatic nose still fresh with red fruits and a whiff of age. Lighter weight with good balancing acidity, remnants of red fruit and kirsch intertwined with some mature elements finishing with trace heat and scant residual chalky tannins. Elegant red-fruited CdP planted firmly on a maturity plateau.
Junguenet bottling. Muddled red. Muted raspberry with some herbs. Medium weight, lacking a bit in texture, ripe but subdued red fruit, excellent acidity and minerality. This particular bottle was not one of the better ones I've had over the last year but was a definite throwback to when Clos des Papes was a leaner, more Bordeaux-like style of Chateauneuf-nobody would confuse it with the 2003! Recent bottles have had brighter fruit, though. I hope it is not at the point of drying out since there are plenty more where this came from.
Drinking very well right now. After a few hours open, this shows leather and earth and dried fruit in the aromas, with relaxed fruit and mellow tannins on the palate. Still fresh and bright, but nicely mature. Wonderful wine.
Decanted for 90 mins. Initially, dark cherry fruit, leather, garrigue and brett on the nose, with a disjointed palate and a clipped finish. Vacu-vined until the following lunchtime, the wine showed better balance with less brett and an interesting minty note adding to a pretty nose. The last glass that evening was the best. Overall a strange experience and not as enjoyable as a bottle 18 months earlier. ***1/2??
Needs air. I don't find the vegetal notes, that others do, just a very concentrated wine - about to come around - in that sense it is very 2001. Color quite light, it's a cheat, like in a Barolo. Here is game, leather, a true core of fruit, a quite elegant, good length. The stuffing is fine, this is good for 5+ years, easy.
Annual Holiday CDP Tasting (Edina, MN): Very dark red color. Decanted for 30 minutes and had an hour or more of slow-O time. Drank 1 glass over 2+ hours. This came off as young and reserved initially; not nearly as expressive as previous bottles have been. The nose has some funk, very vegetal, choke cherry, cherry, fig, hints of brown sugar, soy - after about 45 minutes the nose became much more typical showing the telltale floral character with garrigue and red fruits. The palate has funk, earth, garrigue, red fruits, choke cherry, sour cherry, spices, leather, fig, nice integrated tannins and it finishes fairly long. The fruit changes over time and the cherry aspect becomes less sour and more ripe adding some berries. This certainly improved over nearly 3 hours, and I'm left thinking this needs some more time or a longer decant to show its best. Though as good as it was, compared to previous bottles, I can't help but wonder if this bottle may have just not been completely pristine.
Annual CDP Tasting (Edina Country Club, MN): Pop and pour which did not help. A dirty looking wine with a rustic edge. Featuring Garrique, wood, earth and underbrush. Did improve over time but not showing similar to previous efforts. Highly advise to decant a few hours prior to tasting.
drank the night after the 2003. in contrast this bottle while still w modestly elevated alcohol apparent was married with enough substance, structure and size that the wine maintained solid balance. I thought this wine had good life and I enjoyed a good texture on the palate that added to the good mouthfeel. I thought this element differentiated this bottle from the 2001 Pegau Reserve.
Super elegant nose of leather, wild game, oriental spices, mushrooms, ripe red berries, hint of brown sugar.... taste is very fresh with a hint of tannins, red fresh berries, very feminine and elegant... will fit perfectly with a delicate meal, if you have this wine, it is close to maturity and will be at peak in 2-5 years and easily hold for 10 more years!
A great example of why CDP is so hard to pick out double-blind for me - had this been served blind, the mix of a slight soy sauce character and earth on the nose might have led me toward Bordeaux with 20-25 years of age on it. The exotic spice on the nose certainly points toward Rhone but I could have squared it with a Bordeaux that shows that quality sometimes, like Tertre Roteboeuf.
On the palate, however, this was clearly a Rhone, if a slightly Burgundy-styled one. There's delineation here, not heavy at all. Love CDP in this style in vintages like this. A terrific wine. 93+
The 2001 Clos des Papes was a showstopper, with a rich nose, which seemed to traverse from sweet to savory with each tilt of the glass. Aromas of rich blackberry and cherry were offset by dark soil, charred meat, brown sugar and garigue. On the palate, it was soft and seductive, yet fortified with balanced acidity, showing flavors of dark fruits, cherry, grilled herbs, fresh turned earth and with a lingering note of spiced plum and dried flowers on the finish.
Mike on Tour - the Count's Manor: Stunner. minerality, herbs, garrique, meaty, ripe but not lush - rather it is clean and the red/black fruit are balanced by lovely acidity. Spice box on the nose and palate. long finish with plum and pepper. Mature but still years away from stopping. Secondary notes dominate, but I find quite sufficient primary fruit here as well. excellent CDP.
Super Tasting 4 of 5; Chris does 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape (Chris' House): Double decanted approximately 2 hours in advance, served blind. Translucent garnet in the glass. On the nose, this was showing a bit deeper in aromatics than some of the other wines, with seemingly more varietals here. Overall, quite clean aromas of blackberry, cherry, plum, dried herb, earth, spice and a touch of volatile acidity. On the palate, again, relatively clean, with tart red/black fruit, spice, earth, showing medium acidity, finishing moderate, with a bit of grip on the back end.
Year 2 - Super Tasting 4 of 5 - Chris does 2001 Chateauneuf-du-Pape: (tasted blind, wine #12) A very good example here. This pours fairly light in colour with notes of saline, clean tart red fruit, herbs, light dusty soil, orange peel, some decaying leaf character and a slightly high-toned volatile nose tingling edge. Actually maturing a fair bit. The palate has a bit of dusty tannin and a tart red fruit medium length finish. Enjoyable, though not a style I usually go for admittedly.
Great wine drinking perfectly right now. If you are into CDP terroir, this is your wine. Complex wine balancing nice fruit with the other characteristic SoRhone flavors. Long finish. Has a couple more years to go with good cellaring.
Heresy-Paella Night with French Wines (Contigo, San Francisco): From the American importer. Dull red color with maturing rim. Gorgeous multidimensional nose of mulled red fruit, toffee, and herbs. Lovely medium weight. Supple, long, natural sweetness of fruit and superb balance-very vinous. Mature and complex, just a great bottle of Chateauneuf which I preferred to the 2000 tonight; the older wine seemed sterner and less fully developed.
From magnum - purchased upon release. Did not decant. Color is brick red with light brown edges. Took an hour to open and blow off the initial alcoholic fumes. Once you could get in there, it offered a nose of black licorice, herbs, tar, olives. Astringent, medicinal flavors at first, giving way to violets and soy, blackberries and molasses. Maybe some ripe prunes too? Lightly spiced, delivering a long, savory finish. It's a complex wine. I can see why it would tend to generate some controversy. I do think the alcohol is greater than 14% ABV. Will certainly make you stop and think - I really like that.
What a terrific wine - This is pure, concentrated, fleshy, complex, and largely resolved Southern Rhone, grenache based goodness with an aromatic and flavor combination of kirsch, fig, plum, smoke, spice, and earth. Everything is in balance here with a long, powerful, expansive finish.
Disappointing. We couldn't finish this due to the overwhelming alcohol. Very hot and disjointed flavors with cloyingly ripe fruit. My first clos de papes and perhaps last. I can't imagine what other big vintages would taste like considering 2001 is an opportunity to make classic style wines.
What a super wine and in the perfect sweet spot too. Complex aromatics are in synch with the rich, sweet, concentrated, pure black cherries, earth, plum and spice notes that take up most of the room in your mouth. Fresh, long and clean, with great purity of fruit, what are you waiting for? Pop a cork!
PnP Struck me as not as good as a btl last October but, this was drank outside on the deck and RED wines often lose something outside vs. in. It seemed to me like it was losing its vibrance a bit and I'm wondering if at age 13 it might not be a bad idea to start drinking these up? I still have 3 more and will try another sometime this year yet. Still the same red fruited elegant profile but seemed a tad duller on the palate. Nose in great shape and pretty perfuse. It was, a little warn /humid ( even on our shaded east facing deck) tonight on the deck too which may have effected my enjoyment.
Mature appearance, medium garnet core, pale garnet rim. Nose is attractive with sweet red cherry, notes of leather and earth. Nicely perfumed, quite complex. Palate not so impressive, medium/full bodied with sweet, slightly stewed red cherry, soft integrated tannins, moderate acidity, with slightly porty fruit and brown sugar on the medium length finish. Better when slightly cool, drinkable but lacking much in the way of elegance, subtlety or complexity.
Brought to my reunion and just had a taste. Drunk over dinner with appropriate foods and no other wines, I've loved this wine on several recent occasions. But it seemed too hot this time relative to other wines not low in alcohol, 2002 Insignia and 2000 Monbo. Won't rate it this time, but it was a strong showing to me how context like food or other wines tasted cN have a dramatic influence on how we experience a wine.
PNP probably not the way to go here b/c wine never really unfolded and opened like the 06 Aieul decanted the night before and mostly drunk night 2. This is still quite dark and primary. This will go many years and would have given more with more air and time.
An absolutely fantastic vintage for Clos des Papes. The quality of the Grenache shines through in this release, which is full mature but not showing any signs of old age. This is all about purity, and the 2001 has it all.
Drinking so beautifully now, I'll drink my remaining bottles in 2014. I know others will disagree, but I'd guess this will head downhill starting in a couple of years. Now here are beautiful, mature aromas and tastes.
3rd time I've had this wine in the last few yrs, and it's been great every time. Balance, minerals, long lingering finish. Just an outstanding wine. I think this has a long life ahead as well maybe another 5-10.
Wines with neighbors (John's): Really nice showing for this bottle. It took about 30 minutes after pop and pour but then really delineated it self. The nose has raspberries, forest floor, leather and just a hint of earthiness. Fantastic layered complexity on the palate. Plenty of fruit. Juicy. Balanced. Great with food. Seems to be at peak right now.
In a great place right now. the nose blew me away, so to speak: aromas of tar, cedar wood, leather, charcoal smoke, and tobacco. Mouthfilling fruit, great structure, integrated tannins. WOTN, tasted blind amongst several other great wines.
Another great showing for this wine, served w braised short ribs. Ripe cherries, plum, minerals, outstanding balance - tannins minimal, drank well right out of the bottle but really hit its stride about 2 hours after opening, secondaries showing. Drink within 3, maybe 5 yrs.
Medium ruby, tawny tint. Nose is a bit port-like, with sweet blackberry aromas (think of a dish of ripe berries in the sun), spirits, a hint of something medicinal (menthol?), freshly mowed grass. Flavorful, but on the palate comes off as a tiny bit overoaked. But the fruit isn't as riich and ripe as the nose leads you to expect: the wine is actually medium bodied and flavorful, with good acidity, some tannic spine, good long mineral-inflected finish. A hint of surmaturite here. Fully mature and starting to decline. A bottle just one year ago was far better; this one seems a little stewed and a little porty, and is certainly not a 96pt wine (my score from 2012).
Not a great showing for this wine. It's possible that its still too young because the wine is marked by firm tannins that still need to smoothe out further. Aside from that, good structure and freshness here but also a touch of heat from the alcohol. The fruit is red and pretty, this is indeed a more elegant Chateauneuf du Pape. Still, I think this will benefit from more time in the cellar.
fully integrated… wine maybe too seamless in that lack of tannin structure or significant secondary flavors leaves the wine without texture. nonetheless wine has size, good acidity and structure so an enjoyable wine just lacking that additional complexity to push it beyond just good.
Better than the most recent bottle. Spice cake and dried red fruit palate. Plenty of depth on a well balanced palate. Lengthy finish of stone and sandalwood. Needed and hour of air to open up. This bottle came across as rather traditional.
Some highly rated wines on a Saturday afternoon (Patrick's): Ruby in color. Coming after the Brunello I admit I was confused as to what this was. The nose had dusty cherries, some spice. On the palate, cherries, strawberries and spice. My mind went to older Cal Pinot (I guessed 99 or 00 WS). Of course, it all made sense once revealed. ;-) A very nice wine that is in a mature place but no hurry. Complex and layered but still good red fruit.
Not much to add to my October note, but this was a great match with Mediterranean food tonight. This clearly will hold for years, but I don't expect it to improve, so I'll drink mine in the next year or two. Good wine.
Truffle & Chateauneuf du Pape hunting in Provence; 11/7/2013-11/10/2013 (Crillon Le Brave): Opened and served. Not much benefit in decanting at this stage. The colour, much like the 2000, is on the cloudy side, red, no bricking. On the nose there is a light sweet core that carries to the palate along with the herbs and light gamey elements. On the medium side and at times felt more burgundian than south rhone. Lacks a bit of density of fruit. 91 to 92 and we will wait a few years before opening more as this will be better with an erthy side to it we believe.
Lovely transparent medium brownish ruby. Smells of garrigue and balsam with some earthiness. This wine has intense sweet cherry fruit. Reminds me of a clean Pegau. To me, this wine is very good, but it lacks some of the complexity that other CdPs provide.
Dark ruby, with perhaps a little bricking at the rim. Red cherries, licorice, cherry cola, and a little funk on the nose, which offers good complexity. Palate is smooth, with a clear licorice flavor. Finish is clean, though not particularly long. Very nice C du Pape. On its drinking plateau, and I'm thinking it would be better to drink this in the next 3, 4 years or so, though that could just be my tastes.
Decanted 15 minutes prior to drinking. Wonderful earthiness on the nose with also some tangy sweetness that reminded me of hard candy. Carried through to the palate with saddle leather as well. Tannins are starting to become well integrated, but still many years of life left in this bottle. This was my first of three bottles, and I'm looking forward to drinking the next one in about 3 years.
Jimmy's btl. Didn't get opened till about 20 minutes before drinking with dinner but, this was open for business. A very pretty wine, very fresh with extra richness compared with a a std cuvee '01 Henri Boneau and a '01 Pegau. I do think this may have been even better with a decant prior to drinking but all in all this is drinking very well. Elegant, classy and Chambolle like. I should open one of my 4 btls soon too.
Welcome Back Kelvin! (Kelvin and Joyce's Place, Bishan): This was really lovely stuff, at once elegant and satisfying. It had a constantly evolving nose, from first pour, with melting floral tones, red cherries and aromatic wild garrigue wed to a pat of earth and a nice meaty, leathery backdrop. With some time, the back note of the bouquet filled up with lots of fragrant wood spice aromas - really nice. The palate was lively, energetic, with a spine of tingly acidity and velvety tannins running through pure, fleshy notes of red cherry and wild berries seasoned by little hints of dried, dusty earth and then bits of garrigue and spice. It was clear that the wine was just starting to round-up and mellow, but there is still the tiniest bit of pucker from the structure as it then slid into an effortlessly long finish, where a little kiss of sour plum and sweeter stewed cherry notes were overlaid by savoury meaty tones and a nice flush of licorice and spice that warmed the backpalate. A very complete, full wine, yet also very elegant at the same time – so much so that most people on the table actually guessed it was a Burgundy Grand Cru. This was really enjoyable on the night. Even then, I thought it was not quite at peak yet. No harm drinking now it now, but a well-stored bottle will reward another 4-5 years of patience.
This wine was double-decanted, allowing one hour in decanter prior to funneling back into the cleaned bottle. It was then presented in double-blind fashion to our Friday tasting group. My taste was unblinded. Deep garnet in color, this 12-year-old Châteauneuf shows excellent depth, complexity and ripeness. A bouquet of kirsch, blood orange, garrigue and licorice precedes a fresh, full-bodied, silky-textured palate (which has flavors mirroring the nose). The tannins are soft and the alcohol (listed as 14%) is nicely integrated. Very long on the finish, this is a wine which is clearly in "prime time." Drink now-2018.
Needed something "good" from the cellar and reached for this with no wavering. Resolved red fruit profile, cherry and red currant, softer palate, little tannin but still ample underlying acidity. The texture here is smooth and resolved, but just shy of completely relaxed and not yet at that "fuzzy" texture where I like my CdP. Very enjoyable and "Burgundian".
A dark colored wine with an opaque appearance, its youth is still evident on the bright crimson red color on the rim. Amazing complexity on the nose revealing plums, blackberries, kirsch, truffles, leather, roasted meats, violets, black tea, underbrush, black pepper, and Oriental spices. Smooth texture on the palate revealing black cherries, raspberries, blackberries on the attack leading to a mid palate filled with licorice, dark chocolate, roasted meats, and well integrated acidity. The finish is quite long with notes of krisch, cassis, figs, black peppers, and crushed stones. A mid to full bodied wine with great elegance, concentration, and balance between sweet fruit, acidity, and velvety tannins.
This was simply great. The aroma was beautiful with roses, red licorice and deep cherry. The wine had unlimited depth but was not heavy. Showed great complexity with multiple experiences of dark fruit.
Working my way through a sample of the 2001 vintage in Chateauneuf du Pape (last week, '01 Charvin and '01 Donjon), and my first thought was that this Clos des Papes resembles the Charvin in that it shows a resolved character and seems to be at peak. To me, twelve years past the vintage is not enough to make a wine "old", and yet this is the third of three '01 CdPs that show somewhat worn, or, at a minimum, advanced. None of them have been "too old", nor tired, yet they are showing some age. This Clos des Papes shows a red fruit profile and some secondary notes of spice. It distinguishes itself because although the red fruit is showing mature notes, it is not "old" and still has good underlying acidity. The last glass was the best, and it showed good freshness and acidic lift. I am impressed with this wine because it is definitely a cut above most other '01 CdPs. Many are old, some are at peak, but this one shows longevity and breed.
PopnPour, tasted over 4 hrs -starting to brick -red fruits, earth, elements of sousbois maturity intermixed -med acidity, elegant sappy intense sweet red grenache fruit, power without weight, minimal tannins, moderate complexity and length -early in its mature plateau with plenty of sweet red fruits remaining, easily another 5 years of peak drinking, WIN
Medium bodied but masses of depth and complexity through a palate that can best be described as quite wild. Some funk on the nose follows through the flavour profile and the wine improves significantly with a lot of air time. Tannins have resolved nicely giving a lovely smooth texture. A good but not great Clos des Papes but still an impressive wine.
New Yorkers welcome Morgan Clendenen to town with wine and ducks. (Peking Duck House- Midtown): A beautiful showing and Paul and I were surprised by the amount of youth this bottle exhibited. The wine showed terrific balance and freshness and was still rather primary with not a lot of secondary development. Nicely ripe, but not overripe black and red briary fruit, a bit of game, spice, garrigue with nice lavender tones. Beautiful sweetness to the fruit. Everything's clicking and I'm not convinced the wine has quite hit peak yet. A.
Second bottle from a different source, and this was much less expressive. Nose of garrigue, spice, dark cherry. Palate was lush and soft upon entry, with some fine tannin on the backend. Fruit was still rather primary, with just a hint of dried berries and leather. Finish was very long and spicy. This bottle just never seemed to open up. Solid, just not exceptional this time.
I decanted and then poured back into the bottle. What a nose! It has mulberries, leather, violets, spice, fruit, I could sniff that all night, and all before it got into the glass. Then I was a tad disappointed as it was a bit lean and acidic. So I waited a few minutes and tried again. This time, forgetting it was a Cdp, I really was surprised it wasn't a burgundy. Red cherry, raspberry, well integrated and smooth, even with a slightly acidic bite. Finish is red fruit but a little bit of the tartness just gets in the way. 90 points, although it would be a point or two higher if the acidity wasn't there, but there are years left to drink my remaining bottles and I'm looking forward to them
Beautiful and mature bouquet which was a bit musty at first, but that blows off quite quickly. On the palate still some fruits and garrigue, a beautiful balance between acidity and sweetness, still good tannin with a bite and a great length. Fully mature now, but this can last for another 5+ years.
Annual CdP Dinner (Edina Country Club, MN): -- 1 hr. decant before the event; initial taste approx. 1.25 hours into the event -- -- tasted a single pour non-blind over approx. 30 min., and then another pour non-blind over approx. 15 min. about 2 hours later --
NOSE: red licorice and black licorice; fruits starting to smell a bit aged; 2nd pour was much less expressive than the first.
BODY: medium bodied.
TASTE: tight, and very acidic; reserved red fruits; 14% alc. not noticeable; fruit flavors are at a nice primary-tertiary balance point right now; drinking well now, but I do think there’s room for improvement over the short-term. This bottle showed much better than one we had at this event 5 years ago. My second-favorite CdP of tonight’s lineup.
Annual Holiday CDP Tasting (Edina, MN): Very dark red color. Decanted for 50 minutes, drank 1+ glass over 2.5hrs. Nose starts out tight, swirling and some more time bring out the expected florals, leather, pepper, spice, funk, kirsch, berries. The palate is quite expressive, with red raspberry, red licorice, leather, earth, garrigue, spice, a round mouth feel and a long finish. This was not as good as the last bottle, but it still was excellent. This probably should have gotten a couple of hours of air time. My and group #2 WOTN.
2001 CdPs (Maude's Liquor Bar, Chicago IL): nose: Deep and savory nose with flowing tones of black fruits, garrigue, liqueur tones, violets, and black cherries. This is very classy and balanced as well with a seamless quality to it.
taste: Medium/full bodied with very good and sneaky tannins. There is medium acidity to it along with polished and silky tones of black fruits, garrigue, liqueur tones, and black cherries.
overall: This was a wonderful young Clos des Papes. Had a lot of polish and class with good depth on both the nose and palate. It can still go a long way, but one wouldn't be faulted for opening it now.
Non-blind. Had immediately. @Mikael J. Impression: Outstanding (93p) Seconding Pbaek. Initially struck me as thin. But fairly quickly you notice the finely inoculated barnyard aromas and the fabulous cherries and all other components. Key words are: elegance in balance.
A great vintage for Clos des Papes. Light red color, already indicating that this is a wine of finesse and elegance. Just a hint of animal fur/barnyard upon opening but those aromas receded soon to give way to a pretty, floral, red-fruited nose. Great palate dominated by firm but elegant cherry fruit along with licorice, gentle spices and chalk. The tannins are firm but yet smooth around the edges. Plenty of life left here, more complexity to come over the next 5 years but there are no regrets opening a bottle now. Lovely stuff.
Took this bottle to Harvest Moon. Though I didn't take any notes, this was universally loved by everyone who tried it. The slight barnyard on opening faded away to show this as the elegant and graceful, almost ethereal, beauty that it is. A standout wine.
In a beautiful stage at the moment... wonderful nose of fruit, garrigue, leather, earth... fine medium weight palate that is perfectly balanced... waves of fruit with secondary characteristics and nuances... just wonderful. Enjoy now and into the medium term future.
Great showing! Big, earthy nose of red fruits (raspberry), smoke, spice, and a hint of vanilla and cedar. Big and luscious in the mouth, featuring a sweet, multi-textured mouthfeel and, with time, meaty flavors of red fruits intermixed with a touch of blueberry and plum. Very big on the fruit, and the long savory, yet still structured finish suggests several years of positive evolution await. The added complexity and here places the '01 ahead of the '00, of which I had six months ago. I wish I had more!
Great showing for a terrific wine. The nose is notable for its spice and absence of any alcohol notes. Palate initially shows a bit of funk that soon blows off to show red fruits and dried red fruits, spices, garrigue and a good dose of white pepper. Just a lovely texture right now; the tannins are still there but are fuzzy and worn and this is heading to that point of integration that makes CdP so appealing when it peaks. Terrific balance; nothing sticks out. I usually avoid finishing an entire bottle in one evening, but this was so good that I kept sipping it until most of the bottle was gone. I've followed the '01 vintage since release, and this might be the wine of the vintage, and if not, it's certainly one of the best '01s. Guys' night with Alex and Peanut.
My 40th birthday (Blairgowrie): Quite rustic and gave the impression that it needed drinking up. That being said there was a nice earthy tone to this but I felt the fruit was fading and secondary characters were starting to take over. I must confess this bottle did come out quite late.......
Sublime...precise and transparent. Lots of sweet red raspberry, herbs de Provence, silky tannin. This is really ready to drink now in terms of balance and beauty. Age will only bring out more tertiary character, but I'd recommend enjoying it now while the fruit is still so strong.
Davids & Rhone Dinner (San Francisco): Nice, balanced, similar spice and red fruit components as the Pegau but the palate is less complex, a bit peppery, plush red fruits; short-medium finish. Some who tried it later said that it opened up some. 90-91
This is a bit cloudy but smells ok, perhaps a little brett - red fruit, smoke, spice and some licorice after a while. Medium acidity with fine tannins. I noticed a fine sediment suspended in the glass - it might have warranted a muslin filter if I hadn't scoffed the lot.
Still fairly tight with some faint brett on this bottle. Still pleasurable with black raspberry and plum fruit, earth, good minerality and a still tannic backbone. Good floral and mineral notes that came out more with aeration. Still young but with a while to go.
NY/NJ WLTV Offline (Fonda Del Sol, NYC): Really nice nose with notes of red fruit, toast, cinnamon and black pepper. Ripe red fruit and spice on the palate. Medium high tannin and acid with a long finish. Drinking very nicely right now.
A perfect bottle, perfectly cellared. Cherry coloured, not as dark as some burgundies. Initially quite gentle, good fruit, tannins resolved, pleasant with food. But after an hour, furry tannins start to assert themselves, and unattractive flavours of leather and tobacco begin to prevail. And there is now the same unpleasant aftertaste that I get from Priorat wines. For a couple of years I have been getting more wary of CdP generally, which is why I have been putting off trying this bottle, the first of 24 in my cellar. I also have the '99, 2000 and 2005 of this wine. I will try bottles from a couple of other vintages, and if I have similar results I will simply sell off all my red southern rhones. As has occurred before, a bad night's sleep after this bottle perhaps points to an aversion in my system to something in the CdP blend. (Is grenache the cause? I have always assumed not, because we drink loads of St Baillon rose in the summer which is 40% grenache, 40% cinsault and 20% syrah, with no ill effects and no Priorat taste. But Priorat is predominantly grenache, so maybe it is something in the grape skins.) Others have described a similar reaction to CdP -- 3 of us had a bad night after a couple of bottles of Vieux Donjon 2001 on a fishing holiday in 2011. Most disappointing.
Look, this is pretty ridiculous juice. Continues to evolve and get better. At 11 years, just barely adolescent with painfully pure red fruits. Hints of dark choco and tons of length. I have no idea how this domaine turns out jet fuel now, but this is epic and will likely end up being the wine of the vintage. Pure, classy, ethereal and real, bona-fide finesse.
Medium ruby with mature, tawny edge. Very complex nose-the most prominent part is cool and herbal, but then some restrained red fruit, strong tobacco and bark. At cellar temperature, its acidity made it seem tart, but as it warmed, this receded to reveal an exceptionally well balanced, classic, completely savory southern Rhone. It's been 3 years since I last tasted this, but I was struck as much now as I was then by how much lighter in weight and how much more angular in structure this wine is compared to more recent vintages. Take your pick, but personally, I would unequivocally cast my vote for this style, which sacrifices nothing in terms of flavor yet provides a better match with food and more refreshment. I can't see it getting significantly better from here (since its fruit seems on the verge of fading) and accordingly, I will try to accelerate consumption of my remaining bottles.
Robe rubis assez claire sans trace visible d'évolution. Le nez est très fin et complexe, très marqué par la fraise et les épices. La bouche est aérienne, très soyeuse sur la fraise et la cerise. La finale est longue et épicée. Similaire le lendemain, avec peut-être un peu plus de matière en bouche. Excellent vin.
A rich perfume of fresh black pepper, kirsch, 5 spice, fennel and black raspberry jam open to a wine filled with soft, velvet like tannins. The wine ends with a juicy mouthful of ripe Grenache, spice and kirsch. This is drinking great today.
Floral perfume as soon as the cork came out, cloudy ruby color, complex medium weight palate of spices, herbs and red berries, long spice finish. Very well balanced as others have mentioned. Very characteristically clos des papes, no mistaking it for anything else. Excellent!
We had this next to a 2001 Beaucastel, and while the Beaucastel was very good, this positively clobbered it. Both the nose and palate were closed and muted in comparison, the palate not nearly as layered and complex.
(stored in temp/hum controlled since purchase). Barnyard at first (typical for CdP), but after decanting for an hour wonderful fruit, leather and spice. Some heat, but not too much. After 2 hours lost structure. Short, but terrific drinking window
Drinking great! I did a quick double decant but not sure it was needed as the nose was wide open from the get go. As others have said ....Burgundian weight and mouthfeel. Lovely red fruit, minerally and southern Rhone flavors. Terrific CDP! What's not to lover here. I haven't bought this producer since 05 when it started to skyrocket. This blt sat a retail shelf till 09 but was still in beautiful shape.
I brought a bottle of this to a party and am doing this TN by memory. I would say that the 2001 is now fully mature and open for business and really drinking extremely well. Here's a TN from 2010 that I've revised very slightly to reflect the wine from Saturday night. Quite good, very burgundian. I sometimes wish that all CDP would present this way: lighter in color than the last time I tried this wine but still a deep purple, aromatic but very much in the griotte cherry and red currents end of the range, with complex leather and spice cake aromas, garrigue, provencal grilled lamb... unlike in 2010, when this came across as very taut and almost a bit dry on the palate, in early 2012 the wine has relaxed and seems much softer and friendlier. The finish is light, long, very complex and very supple in a way that makes you keep wanting another sip. All of us loved it. I see that many rate this wine in the 92 point range; the difference is that I actually prefer a lighter, more balanced style. The 2001 Clos des Papes is very different from the monster wines from this producer in hotter, drier vintages. So if you love the Clos des Papes 2003, yes, you'll think this is a 91 or 92 bottle. But I happen to dislike the 2003 and similar Clos des Papes vintages and for me, this 2001 is awesome.
Leather, earth, and fruit intertwined beautifully together with delicious savory notes. Decanted for an hour before tasting and the fruit developed further through the night as it was tasted during a 12 course dinner. Started more leathery and deepened in to a delicious complex wine with a wonderful lingering finish. Definitely a reference point wine for southern Rhone.
Somewhat cloudy ruby red. Marvelous and complex perfume of red fruits, garrigue, provencal spices and hints of earth and leather carries through to, and saturates, the palate. Full-bodied, firm structure with lingering tannins. This was an outstanding wine.
new years eve dinner; dark bricky red color; nose upon opening completely closed. nothing to it, first taste wasn't good, sharp bitterness, cooked (?); I decanted the bottle and let it rest for 3 hours before returning again; that made a big difference; fine grenache nose, provencal herbs, full bodied, elegant, very good balance, fresh, seems at peak but will hold much longer. Much nicer wine at this point than our previous bottle, about 4 years ago. Remember to give this wine enough time in the decanter.
Decanted for two hours. Nose was muted. Sweet red fruits on the palate and reasonable length. Have to say not as impressed as I had hoped to be - pretty underwhelming compared to other notes. Perhaps this was a flawed bottle? Finished off on Boxing Day - a little better but still hoping for more from my remaining bottles
Flawed. Wait. I'm glad I didn't throw it down the drain (it was that bad). Corked it up and tried it again the next night. The stink and funk had blown of and it was drinking very well. Not as good as prior bottles but still very nice.
Group's wine of the night and the wine drinking at its best of the bunch. Very pretty nose of spice, raspberry, mild funk and minerals. A little rustic on the palate and showing a nice mix of fruits/earth but the secondary character shines. Medium to long finish and really hitting its peak. This should drink well for five plus years.
Beautiful bouquet with still loads of fruit, spiciness and elegance. Juicy fruits on the palate. A touch of sweetness and soft and round tannin. Elegant. Also a slight touch of oxidation. Overall this is a great wine, but it lacks something. Hard to describe what. Tension? Not as complex as one hopes for? Nevertheless still an excellent wine.
Along with the wonderful fruit and the seamless palate, there is a pronounced funk in this bottle that I have not gotten from prior bottles. The funk did not blow off, even overnight. Funk aside, this wine continues to deliver. It is stacked with fruit, is exceedingly well balanced, and is still showing very young. Clearly one of the wines of this vintage, and is showing like a Thoroughbred that has outrun many other '01s and continues to gallop onward. Guys' Night in Westport.
A grab bag of wines at Ashers (Westport, CT): Ripe (but not over-ripe) black fruits, stones and herbs. Textbook CdP that hold promise for the future, but a bit grippy at the present. The balance is there, but this begs for cellar time.
I wish more CdP tasted like this. Layers of rich red fruits, fresh herbs and spices and savoury earthiness combining seamlessly into a polished, medium weight whole. Everything's in great balance here, and it's drinking very well right now though I expect this has years ahead of it with the structure, fruit and balance to age superbly.
15th Annual Lyon 10 Year Retrospective (Chez Lyon in Eugene, OR): My WOTN, this wine has great depth and complexity w/o being overbearing. Nose is amazing and then you get to this texture experience on the palate. It goes on and on with black greater than red fruit, pepper, leather, garrigue, and earth. 94pts on day 2.
Dreamtastings' Eve (WiVino Vinothek, Wittlich): Beautiful, slightly subdued, "classical" Rhone-bouquet. A sip reveals sweet red and black fruit (but not jammy), lots of power and also a certain elegance. With its notable sense of alcohol, this sure is tasty, but not very exciting. It's a neat wine. 17/20
San Antonio Wine Geeks (Pasha 1604): Popped and poured and consumed over 4-5hrs. I had high expectations for this wine and it met them with exuberance. Huge nose with black cherry, spice cake, white pepper, thyme, and hints of leather. Palate with integrated tannins and prominant acidity, coming across as very fresh with impressive depth. Showing more spice, cherry, licorice, and currants. lengthy complex wine showing stone, spice, scorched earth and thyme. Phenomenal wine in it's drinking window with masculine style and power. Pure polished fruit with great secondary character. Buy if you don't own, but could still improve with age. WOTN for me.
Three Dinners: The nose gives a delightful expression of dark fruit and dried herbs. On the palate this shows tons of dense fruit yet also plenty of structure. Very well balanced. Drinking well now, but will likely improve with additional time in the bottle
Intense nose of garrigue and provencal herbs and... well... everything. This bottle was drinking very well. This batch is just entering its drinking window, and I hope it will stay here for a good few years. I like it, but have to admit to some lingering ambiguity towards CdP, compared to, say, its northern brothers and sisters...
In the decanter for about 30min and started sampling, at first not much aroma except green pepper and minerals, the fruits came later, but really good texture and despite its youth, tannins are well integrated. course many years to go but enjoyable now, need more decanting next time.
Drank over 2 nights. Brief decant on night 1, returned to bottle prior to dinner. Very cloudy at the end of the bottle -- lots of fine sediment. This wine is a force. The Grenache is front and center but the sweetness of the fruit is balanced out by earthiness and minerality. Pure, fresh, and persistent. And years left to go.
TN: A few wines at Paul's baconpalooza (Paul's): A delicious wine just hitting its prime drinking window. This bottle is showing a little bit more expressively than one I had at the LA offline in July, with more of a black fruit character. Good weight and balance with a nice interplay between the fruit and its usual dance partners, garrigue and spice. It picks up hints of baked earth with air. Would've been better in cooler weather, but it certainly beats a sharp stick in the eye. A.
Stunning showing. Soaring classic aromas in a very pure style. Weighty texture but perfect acidity that lifts this on the palate and keeps it fresh - an increasing rarity in CDP. This is classic Grenache in the best way. Herbs, red fruits and just a tiny bit of warm earth that evokes Provence. At 10 years it is just starting.
This wine, taken from my cellar, was double-decanted and presented in double-blind fashion to our Friday tasting group at Vintage Wines, Ltd. The aeration time was minimal when double-decanted but the wine was then poured into a decanter and serially tasted over the ensuing two hours at Vintage Wines, Ltd. My taste was unblinded. The robe is deep garnet and the nose shows very intense aromas of raspberries, garrigue, clove and nutmeg. Full-bodied on the palate, with medium acidity and medium silky tannins. The alcohol is quite well-integrated and the flavors mirror the nose. The solid middle palate leads to a long, smooth finish. This is a very well-structured Châteauneuf which should drink nicely for several more years. Drink now-12/16.
Clos des Papes Tasting (Great Wine Buys, Portland OR): Rich, round cherries and blackberries with pie crust show on the nose along with a faint savory component and summer flowers. Cherry flavors with skins and a bit of minerality show up on the palate. The full acidity gives a nice zippy feeling on the beginning. The tannins are kind of mellow, and the acidity is full on the mid palate which I like. Some tomato skins show up toward the finish. I like how the structure has matured here.
simply lovely maturing CNDP. Drunk at cellar temp and so refreshing. With time more complexity and herbs apparent, very smooth and no heat at all. Still has a long life & I think this could prove to be one of the best Clos des Papes ever.
Beautiful dark, ruby color. Youthful nose of red fruits, pepper, some iron, slight emerging leather. Palate of black/raspberry, some kirsh, pepper, herbs. Nice balanced structure with soft tannins. This is in a great place right now. Thanks to Eric for sharing this one!
Opened and poured a small amount to sample. The sample was awkward and a bit thin, with a somewhat tinny quality. Within a half-hour or so it started to gain weight and intensity, beginning to reveal what was underneath. By the time we sat down to dinner, an hour-and-a-half later, the magic was in full swing. This wine was simply sublime, with beautiful deep red fruit and pinpoint balance. The wine managed to deftly balance elegance and power, with that same liqueur-like sappiness I found a few years ago (which is not in any way cloying). Some finishing warmth, but it never seems harsh or hot (I think the alcohol is a bit higher than the stated 14%). Terrific.
Just beautiful. It's easy to 'dis Clos des Papes on a number of levels: the overblown 2003, the change in style following the '04 vintage, the price increases. But, if you put all that to the side and just focus on the 2001 in your glass, wow. This has reached a plateau that is just so enjoyable. It's completely balanced. I kept looking for alcohol peeking out (like more recent vintages of Clos des Papes), or over-ripeness, but there is none. It's getting to a point of complete integration; the tannins are just so gentle right now. The fruit is Grenache red, with occasional turns toward black raspberry. The nose is perfumed and alluring. Just a great wine, at a great point in its evolution. I can remember smoking on airplanes, $0.99 gasoline, and $35 Clos des Papes.
Tasted next to the 2000 Clos des Papes at Veritas. Much more 'Grenachy' compared to the 2000 with overt, sour cherry and raspberry fruit with a wonderful minerality. Very expressive and less contained compared to the 2000. Drinking very well right now. Great Clos des Papes.
To celebrate my daughter's completion of her Masters in Education
Slightly transparent garnet color with a nice light rim. Nose of red fruits and leather. Great notes of dark cherry, kirsch, garrrigue and white pepper. Great mouth feel. Keeps revealing another dimension as you taste. Nice finish.
Very different from the 2001 Pegau but a great expression of Grenache.
Verticale Clos des Papes Nez expressif de confiture, de tabac et de garrigue. La bouche est grasse, ample et savoureuse, avec une longue finale épicée. Un magnifique vin que j’ai pris pour le 2003. 94 pts
Textbook, hugely impressive. All the chateauneuf tasting note cliches are here in abundance but its the structure and definition on this wine that makes it stand out from the crowd. Whereas the 2001 Bois de Boursan I am now drinking, pleasant as it is, is competent but one-dimensional, the Clos des Papes is the equivalent of watching a 3-d movie with the right glasses. The various components leap out at you and its a real sensory thrill. Great stuff.
Another wonderful encounter with 01 Clos des Papes. Just a beautiful and regal nose of kirsch, cherry and raspberry. Perfectly married with such a lovely floral lift. The perfume emanates from the glass. So feminine and so refined. Hard to keep your hands off.
Tasted next to the 2003. I'm selling off whatever 2003 I have and I'll try to get some more 2001. The 2003 is baroque, super-ripe and pruney. The 2001 has beautiful grenache ripeness with red fruit and lovely secondary characters. It's a well balanced wine.
good bottle but i dont think it is anywhere near as good as telegraphe. nice nose and good finish but flavor depth and complexity just is not there. count me among those who dont understand what all the fuss is about for this wine at this price point
Ruby red, with touches of brown around the edges. Wonderfully fragrant. On the palate, dark fruit, herbs, spices and earth, but also with some hints of overripe fruits and pruney notes (oxidation?). The wine seems very mature. On the second and third nights, the pruney notes became more prevalent (the wine was poured into small containers with little air space and stored in the fridge). On night one, a very good wine but fell a bit short of expectations. I can only assume that, based on others notes, that this might have been a slightly off-bottle. A shame. Purchased at Premier Wines in Buffalo, NY in 2006...I wonder if storage may have been an issue (the cork was perfect). Alas, the price for Clos des Papes have almost doubled since then and are out of my range now.
Perhaps not to the level of previous bottles of this great wine but wonderful nonetheless. Elegant and earthy on the palate with a good amount of spice. Smooth on the finish. This wine has tons of life left in it.
soft aroma, but strong red sweet fruit on the pallet, and just when it is about to become a bit overwhelming, a smokey, meaty note comes in and rides the pallet for over 30 seconds. This wine is just now coming into its own
My first Clos de Papes, just an absolutely gorgeous mature cdp - the third of 5 red wines drank last night with Kim and other members of the Hickory Wine Club at a wine dinner at our house. Decanted for 3 hours and probably could have withstood an even longer decant. Very dark, spicy, mature and well balanced, full bodied, very long aftertaste. Big bold nose with black pepper, dark fruit and cooking spices. Primary flavors included black pepper, dark plum and black fruit, provencal herbs, grilled meat, mushrooms and terroir. This wine is so good that at my price point this is not an unreasonably QPR wine and I HIGHLY recommend it, it has years to go including likely some further improvement over the next 3-5 years.
Smelled and tasted quite bretty on opening and while I daresay there is a level of brett in this wine, it didn't stick out as much after a couple of hours of air time. Nonetheless, it is still a very rustic and funky style of wine. Some lovely sweet grenache balanced with some nice oak and a blend of provencal style dried herbs and charcuterie that paired well with food. I would hope other bottles I have show just a little better but still an excellent example of CdP
Clean, transparent and gorgeous. Raspberry, cherry, garrigue and pepper. Great balance of sweet fruit and acidity gives the wine a long and pleasant finish. Really an outstanding wine, probably my favorite vintage from one of my favorite producers. Popped and poured....This is perfectly ready to drink and approachable, though I'm sure will evolve for years to come.
Beautiful ruby color, velvety robe. A bit too strong on the nose at first but gets better on the palate. Dark wood , cedar, earthy, flavours. After taste not optimal: stayed on roast fruits or even very ripe plum notes. Better with food than without. Suspect bottle may not have been as well pet as should have been but overall a hint of the potential that was never released. 85 points
Quite good, very burgundian. I sometimes wish that all CDP would present this way: lighter in color than the last time I tried this wine but still a deep purple, aromatic but very much in the griotte cherry and red currents end of the range, with complex leather and spice cake aromas, garrigue, provencal grilled lamb... but very taut and almost a bit dry on the palate, light, long, very complex yet with such firm acidity and tannins that you wonder if this is actually a bit closed. I loved it.
Opened 2 hours before drinking but not decanted. Plummy, olives, herbs, earth. Beautifully balanced on the palate and much better than my previous bottle. Finally understanding what the fuss is about this one. Lovely with thanksgiving lunch.
Such a lovely vintage of Clos des Papes, the most classic of the last 7 years. Just lovely notes of cherry and garrigue and white pepper. Always lovely. Consumed across two days although it had faded quite a bit on day 2.
An evening with Clos des Papes (Againn, Washington DC): A controversy in its own right. I posited early that the wine was potentially heat damaged, as I had drank a superlative bottle of this wine about 6 months ago and this did not show the refined balance nor the same corpus of characteristics as the last bottle. Opens with heavy stewed notes of plum and dark cherry. There is a good deal of heat that assaults the nose but with more time (and with food), it became less obtuse. The palate has hints of richness and complexity but it is largely shielded by the roasted plum notes. My conclusion was invariably heat damage at some point in its life. A bottle from Premier Cru so the provenance is unproven. A real shame as I was hoping for this to be the highlight of the night. Has been in the 96/97pt range but this bottle was DNR (flawed).
YES. Unfortunately came at the end of the night, after bordeaux and hermitage (1996 and 2003 respectively), I pulled out the magnum to stop the advancing hoards. Not really the amount of respect this wine is due. Very peppery and great secondary development very full mouthful. Very nice, last of this vintage I have in the cellar, quel domage.
Minneapolis Wine Club Does CDP (Shari's house): Dark Red/Garnet. Gorgeous nose of leather, funk, wild game, forest floor, raspberry, and fig. Full body and depth on the palate. Raspberry and earth, leather, and a marked note of game on the long finish. This really was showing much better than the 2004 early on, but the '04 prevailed in the end.
STG does Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1998-2001 (Seattle, WA, USA): Noble bottle. My notes on this last wine were quite terse: "super pepper, fxxking awesomeness." A few hours later I am circling back and revisiting each wine, and for this bottle I am hard put to state it any better. This is crazily vibrant and peppery with screaming cherry notes, very pure, very clean, and quite powerful.
Paul Avril suggests that we should wait at least a decade to enjoy his wine but after the lyrical notes here I decided to open a bottle. In my mind this was a bit of a mistake. Upon opening the nose was extremely rich with fruit and earth but on the palate the elements didn't marry and the tannins were tight. My cellar is cold (an old coal cellar in frosty south Yorkshire) so that might explain why I am behind the curve. The high score represents the profound sense of promise. But I am definately going to wait until I tap the next bottle.
This was served along side the 2001 Le Vieux Donjon - both excellent examples of CdP. This wine was the sweeter and fruitier of the two. Nose of blackberries, fruit jam, plum. Flavors of black olive, molasses, sweet oak, mineral and earth. Served with pepper marinated beef. Elegant and smooth, definitely a high quality example of this region. A bit hot on the palate after opening, but became more balanced as the night progressed. Very nice.
First bottle from a 6-pack I bought at the domaine years ago. That was before the world went ga-ga for Clos des Papes and it could still be bought for a reasonable price. This is a Clos des Papes in the more subtle, lighter style where the sweet, ripe and elegant cherry fruit shows through along with white pepper and spices. There are also subtle marks of sous-bois and game underneath, but the fruit is still the front show. Clos des Papes the way I like it and clearly in the less yanked-up style of recent years. Beau vin.
My friend opened this mistaken that he did it for someone not worthy of such indulgence. Funky cold mediina on the nose, unbridled red fruits, ashy campfire smolder that eventually transitioned into a gamey dry cherry dust , with iron and iodine?? It's Clos Des Papes if ya nasty!!!!!!
I love this wine.Drinking terrific with a nose brimming with red and black fruit , plenty of asian spice, brimming with berries, well integrated tannins. the finish goes on forever. This is for me, a terrific CDP, one of the best I've yet experienced. Excellent plus.
1 hr. decant. Spicy, tannins softening, peppery. Bold aromas of plums and dark berries with background of spices and mushrooms. Flavors of olives, black currants spices, undertones of smoke and cocoa. Overall a really classic cdp with mature tannins, smooth and silky. The only negative was a bit of heat on the palate, esp on the finish. (Doris 89-90 due to tannins)
Chateauneuf de Pape Tasting (Urbana, Washington, DC): The WOTN for me. Where to begin....Very rich nose...almost decadant, with cherry cola, chocolate, spce and some smoke. There's a nice amount of olive tapanade on the nose too that adds a saltiness to the nose that I really enjoy. Clearly young, this is probably the best CdP I've had. The mouthfeel is simply astounding; it's a very dense wine, but doesn't come across sappy or juicy at all, but exhibts a balance that's absolutely scary. The backbone of this wine is loaded with dried herbs and flowers. Can certainly last for another 20 years, but is drinking incredibly well now.
Bold perfumed nose with spicy red fruit. The texture is smooth and silky and the aromas are of those of leather, tar and rubber. Excellent with food and can match also quite spicy dishes. I wouldn't say that the tannins are soft but they are so nicely embedded that they feel much smoother than they really are.
Mildly disappointing, given the reputation this wine has. Shared with Susan, Chuck and Cindy at 48 Night dinner. Not fully mature with a sour element to the palate. Good color to the rim, restrained nose and palate. Good balance and structure. I assume either I or this bottle had an off night. Personally will hold off a few years before opening another.
I thought I had posted a tasting note when I drank this a few weeks ago. After receiving a nice bonus, I popped this bottle to celebrate and it was just perfect for the occasion. I won't get into specifics in this review, as that's pretty well covered in the hundred or so other reviews. But enjoying a bottle of wine with this much complexity, finesse, and grace in the company of my wife made for a perfect celebration.
Impressive wine. Burgundian in style, good red/maroon colour, not completely clean, with good concentration. The nose is dominated by truffle and animal notes. The palate is clean, fresh and defined by its acidity and tannic structure. Silky and powerful at the same time. Terroir term not only appears on the label. Not an easy way wine.
2001 Chateauneuf du Pape single blind tasting (Rothmann's Steakhouse, New York): Medium red color. Nose of very sweet, kirschy Grenache. Expressive, pure fruit wit good clairty. Subtle red cherry/raspberry fruit combined with spices on the palate. Great structure and balance. Once again I was led to believe this could be Rayas, but no, this was the Clos des Papes. Closing up in the glass which suggest this is still a baby and need some time in the cellar. Fantastic wine.
Color: Medium purple Nose: Tar, spices, leather, raspberries Taste: Good acidity with mineral, leather, tar, meat, raspberries, floral Finish: Concentrated with firm tannins. This wine should cellar for a long time Evaluation: What a difference a bottle and 2 years make on this wine 94 points
A bit underwhelming, actually. Decanted for 2 hours plus a vinturi. Slightly orange hued, but clear. Mid-light bodied with average CdP flavors. Very similar to the 2001 Guigal CdP. Not remotely like the other vintages of Clos des Papes that I've had. This bottle was bought on auction, so possibly this had some prior heat damage. As is, it was a 90. A good wine, but nothing special and not what I was expecting.
This is still dark purple in the glass. Outstanding nose of raspberry, garrigue, spice, and a bit of white pepper. This wine needed some time to open up, as it kept improving over the next couple of hours. Really needs a few more hours to show it's stuff. This was explosive on the palate with flavors of raspberry, kirsch, spice, and herb. Absolutely perfectly balanced with the fruit, acidity and the subtle but powerful tannic backbone bringing it all together . This was a beautiful wine that is drinking great now and will continue to do so for many years to come.
The wine needed air; if you pull a cork, try the method "Audouze" and let it breath very slowly for 12 hours. At first it seemed tight and a bit acidic but then softened dramatically. Deep purple, slightly tawny rim, incredible nose has framboise liqueur, thyme, spice cake, toffee -- really wild aromatics, although again, these evolved quite a bit between when the cork was pulled and now. Sweet fruit, rich, yet with the acidity and tannins to balance. Not at all hot (a flaw I find in some vintages of this wine), with dramatic length. I can see that last time I tried this (January) I didn't let it breath remotely long enough, and it shows in my old score (93). So to enjoy what this is about, give it time!
Drank as part of 8 bottle (2000/2001) ChdP tasting. Along with beaucastel, wine of the night. Again, even though 2001 (not 2000), was very accessible and sweet on the nose--no barnyard. Rich fruit, very smooth, and as others have said, not so typical a ChdP. But everyone loved it. We got tons of fruit, but very elegant.
TN-2000/2001 CdP: Elegant, velvety, balanced and endlessly aromatic. Very Burgundian. It lacks the complexity of the Pegau and the intensity of the Beaucastel, but more than makes up with its poise and finesse. This is really splitting hairs, I suspect on a different night the roles might be reversed. However, unlike the Pagau and Beaucastel, I'm unsure there is much upside to the wine.
This was tossed into a decanter and served immediately - lots of power and dark fruit holding great promise, Massive extraction but tight. I kept on thinking this should have been decanted properly and I would definitely keep my hands off this big bruiser for at least 3 years if not 5.
Saturday Tasting Group (Knightsbridge Wine Shop (Northbrook, IL)): Cloudy uncious stew-like blend of spicy red fruit, dried herbs, earth and light pepper. Bay leaf, sage, dark cranberry and cherry aromas with a classic Southern Rhone palate. Finish is ultra streamlined and extremely elegant and enjoyable. This is a wine for the ages. The definition of a classically made Chateauneuf. Wonderful. Probably my favorite CdP to date.
Deep red-garnet with garnet rim. Clean, very intense nose of raspberries, black cherries, garrigue, cloves and underbrush. Full-bodied on the palate, with medium acidity, medium sweet tannins and flavors mirroring the nose. The middle palate is solid and the finish goes on and on. Very nice, well-structured Chateauneuf! Drink now-12/16.
Stellar. Soaring nose, raspberry, provencale herbs and a hint of white pepper. The palate, oh the palate, spicy, pomegranate, bit of pine needle, nice Grenache elements, a little bit of bitterness towards the back end but more in a bittersweet way than a forced way. This works really well. Still quite young but awfully pleasurable.
Grenache Smackdown (Wally's, Arlington Heights): Nose: heady, deep, and pure with some good power behind and that give into well balanced tones of dark red cherries, white and black pepper, red florals, garrigue, a touch of rosemary and thyme, and some tones of dark red fruits. Well melded together that wants to scream but just doesn't have the oomph behind it just yet to do what it wants to do
taste: an extremely sexy medium feel flows well on the palate with pure tones of dark red fruits, herbs de provence, red florals, and some bits of black pepper. While it has a medium feel, there is a robustness to it at the same time with real classy depth at this young point
overall: This has a lot of ability to be a tremendous wine in the future and is on the verge right now. The feel and depth are there, the tones just need to really want to expressive themselves fully yet. There's lots to like with this wine as the tannins were still making themselves known to let you know that there is still some patience that is to be required
Some tasters detected a hint of brett, but not me. This was all about rich raspberry, garrigue, licorice and herbs on a rich frame with long finish. Still drinking on the young side, this should improve for 3-5 years and drink well long thereafter.
A fairly open nose of deep dark cherry fruit and earthiness, with a certain note that reminded me of roasted chestnuts. In the mouth this shows remarkable concentration of fruit and (to a palate used to drinking Burgundy) full body, but without even approaching ponderousness. There's plenty of acidity buried under the fruit and a firm tannic frame to provide structure, with age having allowed both of these components to come into a youthful harmony with each other. The lingering finish allows one to see these elements working in unison again as it fades and unfolds the savory elements of the nose. I see why people refer to this as burgundian-textured, but it is rather broad-framed and strikes more of a rounded tenor note to a nice Burgundy's cutting alto. A very fine bottle indicative of a wine with many more phases of evolution to display.
Wow was this good. Had at a restaurant, popped and poured, great from the get-go and then got better over the next hour. All the top suspects for great bright CDP, although the earthiness and funk were not as pronounced as some of the other stars. No issue with holding this for 5 years from here, in my view, but why wait?
first bottle of four...lighter in color, initially not giving alot on the nose and secondary flavors on the palate maybe a bit thin; with air of approx 90-120 min in open bottle wine gain size and nuanced secondary flavors begin to play a role; great to see a more classic, nuanced styled CDP; good not great CDP but think it will continue to develop look forward to future bottles
Double decanted 24hrs ahead. Powerful, well integrated nose with a sauvage side - iodine, resinous canabis, wild berry and a beefy edge. Pure, perfectly ripe red and black fruits on the palate with freshness and no sign of pruny flavors. Adds truffle and dried herb. The finish is still a little clenched with strong mushroomy, spicy herb characteristics. Excellent now but will improve with another 3-5 years.
Intense, developing nose of strawberry, meat broth, baby aspirin, with some celery seed herbaceousness. Sweet cooked cherry and herbaceous palate, with savory meat and grainy, toasty pilaf notes. Complex and layered, with medium minus tannin and medium acidity. The concentration and length here is admirable, and it seems to be just coming into a good drinking window. Among the freshest and most interesting Châteauneuf-du-Pape I've tasted, but my dislike of grenache still won out in the end and I moved on to other wines. I'm just not wired for grenache; I preferred a good $20 Saint-Joseph to this.
Needed air (methode audouze) but then very attractive. Medium ruby with a slight mahagony hue. Richly perfumed: sour cherries, leather, licorice, garrigue, tar. But particularly attractive in the mouth: after too many overdone, unbalanced CnDPs, here's a wine with real elegance: medium bodied, long finish, richly flavored, lovely balance. Tannins fading a bit and acidity just high enough to give the wine structure.
Decanted over an hour. Dark solid ruby color. Nose is less floral, more cooked cherries and leather than other CdP I've tasted from this vintage. Extremely well-balanced, with palate of minerals, cherries and meat. Many years left in this one. Just wonderful stuff.
From the list at La Toque. Recommended by the somm as drinking very well, and rightly so. Beautiful, fragrant, and lighter bodied style of Clos des Papes. Definitely different from the post '03 wines. Drinking extremely well now, but should only improve. Glad to have a decent amount, but would be happy to have more.
when first opened it was put aside smelling corked as hell. Came back to it a few hours later, the nose was still funked up but the wine was coming together nicely. meaty wine with tar, cherries, and an earthy mid-palate. The nose was distracting the whole time, but overall a good wine
Medium dark with early fading at the rim. What a kaleidoscopic, evolving set of aromatics! Here goes-right out of the bottle, sexy. perfumed strawberry, caramel, and garrigue. Then, it turned in on itself and tightened, with Mourvedre rearing its head, showing black and blueberry fruit, damp earth, and coffee. Finally, crystallized violets, a riper, figgy component, and the first glimpse of secondary bouquet. In the mouth, medium weight, striking acidity which first assaulted the palate but then settled down after seeming prickly and out of place at first, and a savory brew of just ripe fruit without undue fat or sweetness. This is a wine of unbelievable verve and complexity, and it is a far cry from the many fashionable (and great) 100% old vines Grenache cuvees. It evoked more diverse descriptors than virtually anything else I've tasted recently, but I beg to differ with those who feel it is completely ready to go. I think it still needs several years to come together. Having said that, fascinating, a challenge to keep up with, and extremely enjoyable tonight.
Hole mole, what a great bottle of wine!! This bottle is absolutely singing right now. Had another of these about nine months ago but it was not even close to this bottle. The color is a deep slightly brownish garnet. The nose is sweet spice, cherries and the air after a lightning storm. The palate is a concentrated and complex cherry, spice, and earth. Great depth and balance. Tannin is there but beautifully integrated an additive. This bottle is really in the groove. If you have some of these I would definitely pop a cork!!
This wine was decanted and showed very well. The aromatics are complex and evolving with time. The bouquet shows spice, rock, red fruits, tar and meat notes. The color is a dark brick red that is correct for its age. The medium bodied palate shows balance, elegance and complexity. The tannins are present on the finish and balance the rich core of fruit. This is drinking well now and should continue to for years. This showed better than expected and proved to be an outstanding bottle of wine.
Wow -- this is the real deal. Super-fresh fruit, super-fine tannins and beautiful length. This has the texture of a great burgundy, but the nose of fine old-vines grenache. Perfectly ripe, but not even close to overripe. All CdP should be like this. Wow.
Deep ruby to narrow ruby rim. No colour change. Quite tight but with a cough medicine (benylin) note, dense and with just a hint of herb overlay. Cool and dense palate. Plenty of power in reserve here. The fruit has a resin note and herbs are again in evidence. Wonderfully fine and sophisticated tannins and a powerful finish of primary fruit. Very young still but the evidence suggests that this will turn out something like the '89. Top class wine in the Clos des Papes style. Hold for another five years and then drink for fifteen + thereafter
Clos des Papes offline (St John): This is going to be a fantastic wine. At the moment, it is tight, brooding, concentrated and highly structured. A powerhouse that can be approached now but surely has much more to offer. dg+
Clos des Papes Offline: More restrained nose, beef, olives. Tight fruit but complex and nuanced. This will be excellent. A blend of complexity and young fruit. Makes the 99 seem like fruit juice. ****(*)
There is nothing hiding in here! Auction bottle, held about a year. Very pretty ruby color, and a vibrancy in the bouquet that shows ripe raspberry, spice and with time, mushrooms. Very big, balanced and grippy -- not a luscious or squishy ripe wine, it is a chewy blend that explodes and persists, all with great class and length. Comes across as strong, youthful and quite willing to go 15 rounds - or years. Try again in 2011.
Double decanted about an hour before serving. Another great bottle of wine. The nose gave a stern expression of dark fruit and dried herbs (more so than the '99 or '00). On the palate this was clearly younger than the previous two wines with much denser fruit and more structure. Very well balanced. Plenty tannic. Drinking well now, but will clearly improve with additional time in the bottle.
With Mike and friends at Deuce. Lovely bright color. Wonderful grenache aromas leap from the glass; liqueur-like sappiness, with nicely delineated red fruit. A bit young, but very, very good. Better put the others away for a few years.
This one's hard to evaluate. Upon opening, it was beautiful, very mineral and bloody with dried fruit, flowers, garrigue, and subtle wood notes. It was also quite long and had a delicate body/presence. But...as the evening continued, volitale acidity reared itself. Once I noted this, it was hard to shake. No doubt, a very good wine but problematic.
Clos des Papes Vertical (Tribeca Grill): A great marriage of power and elegance. It is still unspooling and requires some patience, but it's all in there. The nose is classic CdP with raspberries, herbs and a little gaminess. It was fairly nimble in the mouth with good ripeness unlinerlined by refreshing acidity. The tannins are a bit obtrusive and left it feeling a bit thin on the midpalate, but it fleshed out as the evening wore on and should come around with bottle age. Whatever urge you have to open this one, resist because there appears to be a lot of subtlety here that needs substantial time to emerge. It is certainly built to last.
Clos des Papes Vertical (Tribeca Grill, NYC): Gobs of ripe fruit, very big wine with tons of elegance. Iron fist in a velvet glove. I had the pleasure of drinking this wine four times now and it has impressed me each time. With time I think this can get a little bit better.
Decanted for 1 hour prior to consuming. Barely a hint of fruit and mostly vegetable, and anise on the nose. Very tannic overall.Slight fruit, garrigue, and earth. Fruit almost absent. Perhaps this wine has a ways to go or potential is not there.
Very nice bottle of CdP but not the otherwordly bottle I was hoping for. Decanted fro about 45 minutes and the wine would have probably benefited from an additional hour. Nose of earth fruit licorice. Palate was earthy fruity and nicely balanced. Nice long finish. Still have 5 more to track through time.
It's been a few months since I last enjoyed this wine at Eric LeVine's wonderful home as a handful of locals got together to sample through a vertical of Clos des Papes designed to root out issues with the various 2003 lots (and we found none - the 03's showed beautifully, but that is a previous thread). Tonight, the 2001 stood on its own as an accompaniment to dinner at How To Cook A Wolf. In a word - fantastic. I was not as enamored of this wine in the company of the bruiser brethren of 2003 and 2005 (although others were), but without those wines to overshadow it or tire the palate (depending on your perspective), this positively shined. Rich notes of garrigue, red and black plums, and dust lead to a soft, but oily and thick mouthful of sweet fruit, with nicely accompanying grip. There are some hints of shroomy, meaty notes that add another layer of nuance. The finish is long and clean without any drying sensations. A fantastic showing with a bevy of appetizers and fettucine with fresh sauteed black trumpet mushrooms. This window has opened.
Clear, med dark cherry red core with a vibrant ruby rim that is eclipsed by a ring of brick. Wine is showing some age. Clean intense nose of earth, oak spice and barnyard. Red fruits take a back seat here. The palate is dry, well integrated soft acidity rolls with the upfront coco spice and leather that are impossible to ignore. Very jammy with blackberry, blackcurrant and cinnamon. Lots of gaurige in this as well. Long length of fruit and minerals. Quite earthy. Moderate body, medium + alc. The acidity seems a touch soft. Drink over the next 5 years.
Me thinks that there are two wines here. The first is the burgundian style --which I have always enjoyed upon first opening (sometimes with a bit of brett that neither stuck around for a long time nor detracted from the wine). This bottle had a bit more air than those I had previously consumed, and it seemed to be gaining more weight (more my typical stylistic preference) toward the end. My next bottle will certainly get a few hours of air before trying...
Nice but I think it is to early to drink these. Very tight when opened. After a couple of hours it opened up but struggled (acid, smoke, tannin) to come completely into balance. Revisited at 5 hours and then again 24 hours later with the same results. I think there is a lot more to come. You can enjoy now with a couple hours of air but will be rewarded by waiting at least a couple of years before drinking these.
Clos des Papes Shootout (Seattle, WA): Clearly a different animal than every other wine on the table. Obvious Provencale in personality with lilac, dried herbs (garrigue), iodine, celery seed and a note of tar. Yeah, soy, licorice, tapenade, fricking yummy-licious wine! Textbook Châteauneuf-du-Pape, classic, very savory in this finish. In this lineup it came across as VERY understated, but it was wonderful. I correctly guessed this as the 2001, and no taster picked it as a 2003. I think I need to have another one with dinner tonight!
Excellent bottle of wine. Decanted for almost 2 hrs. Nose was of red fruit, leather, and earth. The wine was absolutely smooth with nice round tannins. Could have used just a bit more structure, but the pallate was excellent with red fruit, cinammon, and sweet cherries. Perhaps just a bit too much of sweetness?
Dinner with Dan and Mary. Opened this on a lark. Interestingly, showing some brett, which I have not found previously in this wine. Palate is rich and full. Nice, but the level of brett was a bit off-putting.
A completely captivating wine - insanely good. Tasted in the company of some heavy hitters and this one came out on top. As The Godfather says about this maker - all about balance, Clos Des Proper! Wow, I was stunned by this one - kudos to RT for bringing it to Maru.
An alluring and complex nose of fig/raisen, red fruit, herbs, earth, and a touch of animal fur. Smooth attack, wonderful texture. Lots of depth on the palate. Acidity and tannins aplenty. Long flavor-filled finish. Young and oh so promising. I really enjoyed this wine. 01 CdP continues to impress me. 93++points!
my first Clos des Papes..; I must confess to being somewhat disappointed, given the enthousiastic tasting notes of others on this site. The nose was rather closed, not giving much complexity or aromas, probably too young? On the palate the wine was much better, medium bodied yet showing elegance and some impressions of velvet I think the wine will age well and ,in time, may gain a higher score. the price for clos des Papes seems high in comparison to (e.g.) Vieux Donjon or Charvin. This bottle is not a match against Beaucastel.
Was a bit disappointing - I love clos des papes, and I love 2001 Chateauneuf, but this seemed to be lacking a bit at this stage. The structure of 2001 lends itself to aging, so it is unfair to judge this wine so early. Overall, shows kirsch, red fruits, alcohol on the nose, and shows little depth or interest on the palate. No sign of TCA, but could just be an off bottle.
At dinner in Maastricht at Beluga with FH, LH, and SL. This wine was a standout performer in an otherwise ridiculous culinary evening. Opened and decanted for a half-hour. Light, slightly rosy color and almost pale at the edge. Most definitely not an inky Chateauneuf sort of look. Good nose with hints of berry. Very pronounced peppery element on the palate and a wonderful Syrah taste. Well-balanced and finished well. I was surprised at how much I liked it and impressed as I wasn't expecting it to be nearly so good.
This bottle received 4.5 hours of in-bottle air time before the event began. Color: Medium purple Nose: Barnyard Taste: Raspberry, acidic wine, barnyard Finish: Medium with some fruit and a barnyard funk Evaluation: Not impressive for the producer. 84 points Good example of bottle variation!!!
This bottle was giving up nothing. No nose to speak of. One dimensional fruit on the palate. Nothing. I decanted a few hours before tasting. I then put it back in the bottle and set it aside until the next day. Still nothing. I'll wait at least a few more years before opening any of my remaining bottles.
With Mark at The Fig Cafe. Double decanted about an hour before we started on it. Elegant, pure, balanced, plenty of raspberry fruit with a nice sappy quality. Really a lovely wine, and opened up beautifully over the course of a couple of hours.
No tasting notes, comments from memory. Had this at Daniel Boulud in Las Vegas during CES. I thought this was absolutely fantastic, clearly young and needed almost an hour, but it really began to blossom with a fragrant and floral nose and great depth and weight and richness in the mouth. This will only improve with time.
Friday night steam discussion (Counts Manor): How is this avaliable for $49 at PC? this is one of the BEST young CDP i have ever had. still a baby and needs time - but this wine is VERY VERY VERY good. the nose alone - meaty pungent sweaty, iodine? burnt caramel? .... in the mouth, rich and silky at the same time. fresh streak of acidity right through the middle, amazing finish and sweet tannins.. YEEHA!
Dinner at Mikhail's: Deep ruby color. Wow, intense, alluring nose of deep earth, mountain herbs, roast meat and caramel flan. On the palate it has great balance with a tooth-coating impression of strawberries, humus and spices. Wonderful stuff.
Black/ruby. Already impressive yet far from its peak, this wine has an explosive nose of rich cassis and sour cherry fruits, licorice, vanilla, toffee, garrigue. On the palate the wine is layered, rich, and endless. The fruit is extremely ripe, yet enveloped by soft sweet tannins and just enough acidity to give structure. A lovely wine with a promising future.
Black/ruby. An intense wine with a nose of licorice, syrop de framboise, kirch, leather. Rich, deep, and very powerful with substantial alcohol and considerable tannic bite. Will be a sensational Clos des Papes at maturity, but right now on the young side and hard to drink. Needs several years -- revisit around 2010.
Spicy vanilla, red cherry, and some characteristic sweaty leather notes. Initially quite jammy and a bit unbalanced, but comes together with some decanting time. Ample fine tannin with good length and supported by a solid backbone for aging. ***/5
after revealing the wines, and reviewing my notes, i suppose this doesn't make sense, but this wine was open for business. stunning mouthfeel and midpalate. soaring fruit. better than pegau at about the same price? blasphemy. judge for yourself.
This bottle was purchased two days prior to consumption. I had been advised by the wine merchant that the wine appeared to show bottle shock or simply be shut down. This bottle shows neither. Deep ruby in color, there is a nearly immediate intense nose of blackberries, black plums, crushed peppercorns, "herbes de provence" and licorice. Full-bodied on the palate, with immense but incredibly supple tannins on the palate. Similar flavors as for the nose. The finish is like velvet and it goes on and on. To date, this is probably the best Chateauneuf that I have tasted, definitely the best 2001. Given the tannins (albeit supple), I'm sure that the wine will shut down at some point. However, it has the structure to age beautifully.