Mature but in an excellent place and very well balanced. Light ruby color, still some earthiness along with sweet red slightly candied Grenache that is not hot or pruney..very pretty wine and especially considering the vintage
Popped and poured. This was the first time I had a CNP from this producer, and I was impressed. Medium ruby color. The nose was wonderful, with some floral, bramble and menthol overtones. On the palate, dark red fruits (not overripe), peppery and still quite fresh. I think this wine can continue to improve over the next few years.
Definitely French….with the smell of barnyard and Provencial herbs on the nose. Medium bodied. Palate is peppery, earthy, with grilled meat and a mixture of dark currant, orange peel and herbs on the finish. Only negative is that it does finish a bit dry. Drink before 2018.
From magnum. This was just simply singing. Perfumed and lively on the nose and palate, boasting incredible wild sweet red berry fruit, potpourri, forest floor, and savory herbs. Medium to full bodied, balanced, and quite lifted, with excellent framing tannin on the finish. In a wonderful spot in its evolution, though will have no trouble in the cellar. Drink or hold.
Lavish bouquet of barnyard and herbs. Fruit forward, but still light on its feet. Finishes with sweet menthol. Very enjoyable wine, glad I have 11 more. Drinking at its peak, I suspect. Give it an hour or two of air. Love it.
Great nose with a serious depth of flavors. So much power on the palate. Very young still. Probably will be better on day two. Just too big and ripe for me on this night. My taste has changed, I don't care for CDP at all.
Drank with the 2003 Usseglio Mon Aieul as noted with our tasting note of that wine. In contrast to that very rich, fruit-driven wine, this was a classic ChdP and in the best of ways. Color was still solid, no brick, and the prototypical ChdP nose of garrigue, a hint of Brett, earth and...good fruit. In the mouth, a classic. All the same elements just mentioned, very well integrated and with plenty of fruit. This was a 2003, but very well done. Lots of fruit and alcohol, but simply not over the top at all. Drinking perfectly now, but will hold for awhile, not withstanding the hot year.
Garnet center, gently fading edge. Assertive nose of baked red fruit, Provencale herb and licorice. Heavier and fuller than Charvin usually is but nowhere near ponderous. Actually quite complex and classic, has more black fruit and less of that pure Grenache character so prevalent at this estate. Got better and better in the glass. Having had the 2000 and 2001 earlier in the week, I'd say that for my taste, this wine trailed the 2000 but was more enjoyable than the 2001.
We all know 2003 was a hot year with often over-extracted wines, including ChdPs. This wine was very fruity (but red, not ripe) and actually a bit pale in color--almost like a pinot noir. In the mouth, exceptionally smooth and well balanced, and very surprisingly mid-weight. Not at all over the top, too ripe, gamey, etc. Very much unlike some of the other 2003s we are drinking as fast as we can. This was really a delight. A well made, balanced wine. Our first bottle! I recognize other notes are more consistent with the vintage, but we have been "testing" 2003s and this was an exception. Remember, he uses no wood at all, and is conservative in style.
Definitely fully ready for prime time, with its pepper, jammy kirsch, black raspberry and garrigue filled personality. I liked the wine, but it could use a little more freshness in the spicy, red berry, dominated finish.
BODY: little bit of age creeping into the coloration at the wine’s edges; (forgot to note weight: seem to recall it being medium to medium-full bodied)
TASTE: savory/herby; leathery; a bit horsey; tons of garrigue; drying tannin, and good acidity; 14.5% alc. well-hidden; very nice, and not typical of the ’03 CdP vintage. Drinks well now, but will probably continue to hold for at least another 5 years: I don’t see it improving much, however. My WOTN.
Annual Holiday CDP Tasting (Edina, MN): Very dark red coor. Bottle was open with no decant for an hour. drank 1+ glass over 3 hours. Lovely open nose with earth, funk, saddle leather, garrigue, smoke, floral, sandalwood, cherry, rapsberry. The palate shows nice depth, medium-full body, funky, herb de provence, garrigue, berry, lots of spices and pepper (but not overly), earthy, smoky. Nice long finish. Excellent. 93+pts. My and group WOTN.
Annual CDP Tasting (Edina Country Club): My CDP of the night. Game, funk, Garrique, cranberry and leather. Plenty of flavor and intense palate. Medium to long finish. Should age well for a decade more. 93-95.
My second go at this in the past month or so, and again, I'm left haunted by the experience. At the end of the day, this has everything I'm looking for in CdP (seamlessly pure fruit with an excellent sense of place and proper lift that gives way to an extraordinarily classy finish) and nothing I'm not (e.g over-extracted, high abv, etc, etc). Simply delicious. I must go find more. 14,5% abv, drink over the next decade
Freaking delicious. Spicy white pepper and powerful raspberry with a surprisingly tannic backbone. Roasted notes show the vintage, but this has the spice, freshness and depth to make it balance well. Pretty much pure pleasure juice. Yum!
Been holding this since release and was hoping for a great experience, as Charvin is my favorite CdP producer. Opened for Thanksgiving with my dad. Unfortunately, this was all horse and no pleasure. Really disappointing.
Slow-O 1 hr, served just above cellar temp. A seamless wine, offering tremendous purity and focus. Really digging the lift, the garrigue, the soft, elegant raspberry coulis thing going on. I wish I had a case. 14,5% abv, drink thru 2020, highly recommended
Light transparent red. An elegant CdP. This is really drinking well. Smells of grenache cherry fruit with garrigue and some underlying minerals. Tastes like it smells. Light in body. Tannins are still present on the long finish. Not the most complex CdP for sure, but still quite good. I don't get any heat on this wine at all. Nicely balanced. Label says 14.5% abv and I am pretty sure Laurent picked this earlier than most in the region.
Compared to 2.5 years ago, the fruit has dampened down some and the more traditional scents and flavors are tang over. Very savage, leather, spice, but still nice raspberry fruit. Very nice, though I do not think this will stay in a good window more than 3-5 more years.
Good but a bit flabby. Low acidity and high alcohol with not a lot of complexity. Enjoyable but fell off a bit toward the end of the bottle (3 hours later). Good time to drink, wouldn't age these much longer without the acidity keeping the wine fresh. Drink now.
Decanted for 1.5 hours. Initially unbalanced with a strong alcohol smeel/taste, it really came alive after the decanting. Nice prune bouquet, and some strawberry and dark chocolate on the palate. The palate is a little hollow, but it comes alive on the finish. Very good wine.
- Ruby color with medium forming legs. It's somewhat balanced and has flavours of licorice anise and black currant with a medium/full body. Fleshy texture with a medium finish - Terrific! A typical CdP And a great value.
hmm, rather disappointed with this particular bottle; this bottle remained totally shut, not much happening on the nose, alcohol came through; ok on the palate though, but nothing to get excited about, same on day 2; hope its just going through a phase. (this time 85-86 points). on previous occasions 93-94 points!
Order out of Chaos (Ardeo, Washington DC): Some thought this bottle to be flawed, but other tasters who have had it recently confirmed that it was a representative showing of the 03 Charvin. Another example of why I stay away from 2003 CDP and where I have a divergence with Mssr Parker. The degree hours are practically encoded in the wine - it speaks volumes to the heatwave which crushed Chateauneuf du Pape in the summer of 2003. The fruit spectrum is towards the tail-end with notes of pruned plums that border or varnished and damaged. Beneath this wall of heat, there is a lovely cherry element which seems to dance on the periphery and is more emblematic of Charvin's house style. Nevertheless, the wine is almost unpleasant on the palate (at least relative to what we've been drinking) and it finishes hot and astringent.
DC Crew Gem Tasting; 12/22/2010-12/23/2010 (Ardeo, Washington DC): Nose of prune, dried cherry, and anise with oak or heat showing. Palate of black fruit, prune, some stewed fruit as well, with a little coffee, spice, a little hot as well. Confirmed with one attendee who works for the distributor that the bottle isn't flawed, but typical for that vintage of Charvin. 89-90
2nd Annual Gem Dinner (Ardeo - Washington, DC): Thought this wine was falling apart. Nose was totally disjointed with intense alcohol, and spritzy notes coming through. The palate wasn't much better and I thought it was heat damaged. Lots of prunes kept coming towards the surface and I just couldn't get excited about this wine.
Charvin Chateauneufs (Weygandt Wines - Washington, D.C.): what an amazing wine. the nose is intoxicating, with meat, anise, rhubarb, cherry. this is so rich on the palate, but it has these smooth tannins and this lively, juicy fruit. rich currants, anise and spice with a long finish. WS says the drinking window is until 2030, but i think this is a wine to drink in the next two or three years. showing perfectly right now. in its prime.
Lovely. Generous. Open. Ripe. Lush. But still with excellent balance, good length. Fruit, jam, spices, herbs. Not a ton of complexity, but plenty of pleasure. With air, seems to be in a prime drinking phase
Initially encouraging with focused cherry nose and cigar wrapper on palate. Strong tannins and pine tar got in the way a bit. After 2.5 hours airtime, things settled down a bit, gentle cigar, leather, peach pit, a bit of raspberry, really a very nice melange of gentle flavors all playing nice with one another. But all this was unfortunately upstaged by the alcohol heat and accompanying astringency on palate. Might benefit from a good long airing out, or a few more years in the bottle.
La robe est plus mate et orangée que les deux précédents, trahissant immédiatement son âge relatif face aux deux précédents. Le nez très provençal, sur la garrigue et le kirsch, s’approche davantage des nez typiques des vins de l’appellation, sans le coté plus frais typique du domaine. La bouche est glycérinée, le vin large et savoureux, avec un certain coté sauvage et des arômes un peu plus confiturés. Ce n'est pas que le vin manque de fraicheur pour un 2003 (reconnu aisément pour tel), mais je ne lui trouve pas le coté aérien et voluptueux des meilleurs vins du domaine. N’empêche, dans un millésime inégal ayant produit son lot de vins cuits et alcooleux, le vigneron ici a magnifiquement tiré son épingle du jeu. 91 pts
De loin le plus près de la maturité de ce volet, il fut aussi le vin le plus apprécié du groupe par un large consensus, sauf pour votre humble serviteur.
Not a huge fan of the 03 from this estate. It has a volatile quality and is surprisingly 'thin' considering the vintage. It's marked by alcohol and volatile acidity. However I decanted this for a few hours and it ended up being better than previous bottles. I'd strongly advocate extended aeration for the 03.
It might have been because of the snow and wintery conditions, but we were both thrilled with the hartwarming components of this wine. (Although immediately upon opening the nose smelled not very appealing, like nale polish remover?) I decided to give the wine a double decant, for one hour, but I should have given the wine more time, as the nose kept developing beautiful grenache and provencal herbs while in our glasses; lots of pepper and spices:on the palate the wine has gained more body (compared to our previous bottle 11 months earlier); no hard edges, smooth and very pleasurable. long finish. I didn´t notice much of a burgundy-style C9dP (often attributed to Charvin's wines), but more of a classic grenache; just delicious and a good match with the "coq au vin". seems ready for drinking but after opening needs some time in the decanter, so there is no need to hurry.
I know the 2003's are controversial, and this Charvin is a poster-child I think of success in an extreme vintage. Huge wine, notes of licorice and white pepper, lush, forward Grenache, pure fruit yet loaded with herbs and spice and pepper. Some might call it over the top, but for me this is just in your face, ripe, gorgeous CDP. No heat, no bitter tannin, just loaded with pleasure. Reading the notes, your mileage may vary, but I loved this.
I am still not convinced. Bitter tannins, shallow raspberry brandy. These tannins are not getting smoother, and I suspect they never will be. Too high in alcohol - label says 14.5% , but what is the truth? No rating. I would drink any Vieux Donjon over this.
Very tasty and dynamic wine. On opening and up to about 30 minutes of decanting, the wine exhibited tart cherry and other red fruit notes, along with balancing minerality and some barnyard. However, after 1 hour, all of the fruit flavors disappeared, as well did some of the associated acidity. Both "versions" were good in their own right, so it just depends which style you're looking for. Also, throughout the whole time it was open, the wine exhibited a lot of glycerin, which gave it a great texture. It must be a feature of the vintage, as the Pegau CR also has glycerin, but the Charvin has significantly more of it. In all, a very enjoyable wine with many different layers of flavor.
Grenache Smackdown (Wally's, Arlington Heights): nose: a good amount of funk on the nose with bold and well defined tones roast beef, black licorice, black pepper, kirsch and dark tones of black cherries. Good depth, and very CdP, but with an amped up aspect to the tones a bit and much more on the dark side of the spectrum
taste: really good and silky medium feel that is polished, but with rich tannins and well balanced tones of roast beef, black cherries, black pepper and some tones of melted black licorice, and dark red fruits. Its lacking a bit on the mid palate as the flesh is more upfront and on the finish, so some time should work it out
overall: lots of promise, but the tannins were a bit sneaky right now and weren't letting the wine really shine. Good balance with a real dark profile that does have a bit of a hard edged quality to it. Time should smooth it out a bit and add some extra depth
Decanted a 375ml for 90 minutes. Soft red fruit bouquet. Beautiful mouthfeel - good glycerine coating CdP. Red fruit, garrigue, bacon/game and herbs. Perfect. Finish was 60+ seconds. 375 was almost too small to really appreciate this wine.
What a great, if young nose. Classic, classic nose, pepper, dark fruit, bacon, licorice, etc. Explosion of raspberry in the mouth, excellent taste. Only complaint is after a glass, started to taste a bit monolithic ----don't get me wrong, if you are going to be monolithic then taste like this! But, would have liked to see it grow on me more.
First thing I wrote about this wine was "the essence of Grenache". I could just smell and taste the sweet red cherries and raspberries here. As usual with Charvin, he lets very little come in between the soil and the wine in the glass. So I was quite happy to sip the wine for the first hour or so. As time goes by, though, the wine starts to shut down, the tannins starts to bite the gums. The aromatic profile also changes from the kirsch aromas to something less attractive like rum-raisin ice cream (in so many ways reminding me of the 2003 Chateau des Tours Vacqueyras). There is a tremendous amount of concentration here and I think plenty of more cellar time is warranted. This will be long lived. At this stage, Charvin's 2003 Cotes du Rhone provides more drinking pleasure.
The nose started out with bacon fat and dark re fruits with a touch of spice. After 3 hours the garrigue kicked in, at the end smoked bacon with kirsch. It just got more and more concentrated whilst at the same time not too showy. On the palate Black cherry and herbs, still firm tannins but not in your face, still quite alcoholic but not so as to burn away the fruits. Good mouth filling glass of wine with a long length.
light in color, full and gorgeous grenache expression, cherries and thyme, full bodied on the palate ; alcohol is at first lightly dominating, after some time the wine settles down, very pleasant to drink now; delicious example of fine chateauneuf; seems ready for drinking; no hurry.
Unlike any other vintage of Charvin CdP I've ever had. Rather than subtle and elegant, this one's a brute (albeit a beautiful brute). Very intense nose of ripe dark berries and intense garrigue, spice and lavender. Earthy dense palate with long finish. Never would have guessed Charvin in a blind tasting.
Black Sheep Bistro (Black Sheep Bistro, Tustin, CA): Complex nose of herbs, cigar and leather above mellow fruits. Initially a bit tight the palate really picks up silkiness later. A CdP that really delivers on complexity and lovely fruit. I kept this around and kept revisiting. An easy WOTN for me.
This wine has the most wonderful nose I have ever experienced in Chateauneuf. It is full of ripe plums, tobacco and some saddle leather. The taste is almost harch at this point, very strong tannins that not even a bloody steak could calm down. The sweetness and strong alcohol kills our interest after a while, and the bottle was never finished. Strangely enough - this wine was dead the second day. I hope the taste will catch up the the nose, then this will be a 95 point wine.
WLTV Offline Get Together (Cotes Du Rhone Restaurant in Chicago): - Sight: Medium Dark Smell: Leather; Earth; Roasted Dark Fruits; Some Oak; Dark and Sensual smells??? Taste: Similar to smell; nice balance; acid+body is full; again I have to stress that the balance is great Overall: Fine +, somewhat young and will be better in the coming years
This needs more time and I believe will be terrific in 5 years. A big wine, lots of fruit, a bit tanic right now. Did a side by side with an 01 Guigal CnP and clearly the Charvin was not yet ready. I bet in 5 or 7 years this will be a 94+.
A very fine CNDP that has shown better in other tastings...perhaps it is shutting down somewhat, but last time I had a bottle (6 months ago) it displayed more of that burgundian quality...still excellent however.
Medium red color gave no indication of the bite to come, this is full throttle CdP. Strong fruit nose with dusty earth elements and touch of underbrush, pine. Heavy element of cherry. Thick, full bodied wine, good viscosity, tannic but not overwhelming. Maybe I was tired that night, but Châteauneuf du Pape has never hit me like this before. Awesome!
Outstanding. Great nose. Began tight, even after a 2 hour decant, but really developed in the glass. Cherries, earth, leather and spice. By the end, it had rose and violet floral qualities as well. Pure fruit and perfect texture. Delicious now but will improve with a few more years in the bottle.
A young excellent wine. Transparent garnet red color with a nice boquet of blackberries, roasted herbs, black pepper, and salami. Initial flavors are complex with a lot of dark fruits and spice. Tannins are definitely present towards the finish but they are not too overwhelming.
this has improved dramatically from last year. still lacks acidity but the flavor profiles have deepened and the roasted character seems to have faded a bit. very delicious, mixed berry flavors with enough hot rocks thrown in to keep it interesting. sweet, high-toned fruit on the nose. one of the better '03's I've had.
Peter Weygandt Event (Wine Exchange in Orange, CA): Light ruby-garnet. Terroir-driven and high-toned, with wet earth, garrigue, and some late-appearing sweetness. Deceptively powerful, juicy initially with a solid structure that emerges later. Long, spicy, and somewhat structured finish. Age this.
Outstanding. Decanted for an hour. Balanced, fruity but with complex structure supporting top layer of deep red fruit. Others say strawberries but I got more cherries, almost Pinot-like. But richer and earthier...still a Rhone. As it evolved over the course of a long meal, opened up to show some faint vanilla and other tarter notes, but that could have been because of food pairings. Good value in store, through restaurant markup was excessive. Recommended.
Right after opening this wine is singing with delicious red berry fruit on the nose (strawberries!), a very slight hint of barnyard and a dollop of kirsch. The palate is unbelievably fruity, but with a serious backbone of almost dusty slightly sweet tannins, exotic spices, kirsch... the aftertaste is long. Difficult to express in words, but this wine is both forceful and elegant, so I guess it has great balance. The wine keeps evolving in the glass. Right up there with the Pegau as the best CDP '03 I've tasted, but both are in a very different style. I like them both, but for drinking now I would prefer the Charvin. It is no sin to drink some now if you have more then a few...
Back for more! After a slightly underwhelming experience with the same wine last night (see TN), I found myself back at the same restaurant and ordered it again tonight. Glad I did, as this bottle was quite different and, IMO, better than last night's. The second bottle had an extra layer of complexity / depth. Darker fruit - and, seemingly darker color - though, admittedly, it can be hard to tell given restaurant lighting. The second bottle had more grip and some earthy notes, as compared to the more polished, reserved and primary initial bottle. Really, I would not have recognized this as the same wine. Now I'm confused. Which was the representative bottle?? I would buy some for the cellar if future bottles were going to be more like the second. However, I'd probably sit the vintage out if bottle #1 is what's in store in the future... I guess this situation requires a tie breaker!
$110 restaurant price. Fairly light, very youthful color. Slightly reluctant nose of fresh red fruit fruit and light spice. More of the same on the palate. I hesitate to use the term "Burgundian", as it's probably overused when describing Charvin's wines; plus, this clearly has more southern heat and weight in the mouth. However, there is a certain Pinot quality - cherry fruit and a lightness / suave texture - to this wine that recalls Burgundy. Reminds me a bit of the 2000 Charvin, though I have not had that vintage in a couple years. This is clearly too young to drink now and get the full effect. That said, I'm not that optimistic that in the end this will really develop into a top level example of Chateauneuf. I'll be intereested to see how this ages. Overall, I am less impressed with this than I was expecting to be. Hmmm. NOTE: I ordered another bottle at the same restaurant the next night (see TN), and it turned out to be a different and better experience...
Out of the bottle at cellar temp (58 degrees F at my house), this wine is just gorgeous. Lots of primary grenache aromas. Cherries and brighter red fruit. There is an earthiness underneath that gives it depth.
Wonderful delicate cherry fruit hits you on the palate and then on the very back end a rush of tannin that doesn't pucker you up but lets you know it is there. I find the balance exquisite. There is a delicacy to the finish after the tannin that lets me know this is going to be extremely nice. Fantastic persistence. An absolutely profound wine in the making. No heat. Perfect ripeness.