Good, but not as expressive and deep as the bottle last year. Great plush ripe fruit. Maybe a little monolithic. Spice and components were more subdued in this bottle on the palate and aromatics. Moderate length. Threw quite a bit of bitter fine sediment, so air and decanting do help. Needed 2-3hrs to show well.
Drank at UC on 12.23.14. Decanted it for 40 minutes and it drank like a burgundy! Very soft and drinking well. So drinking now! Don’t store. Drank 2/14/16 with Mary… drank very nice. Not complex but soft round Rhone taste. 5/8/2016 with Mary. Opened and tasted. Delicious! not rich or deep but smooth and silk.
Nice ripe fruit. The high alcohol (15%) doesn't dominate. With just a little bit of air time, opened up beautifully. Would have score a bit higher if the finish was a little longer. Not too bad for a sub par year of CDP. Had with braised short ribs.
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(Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Vieilles Vignes) This cuvée is 70% Grenache and 20% Mourvèdre, with 10% Syrah, the vines aged 80-100 years. Ripe, with smoky cherry fruit. A good supple quality, perhaps a touch more savoury than the other wines here. A good grip and structure to it, lots of tannins, and a less confit style of fruit here too. Still a very big wine though, with a very full-on character. Good.
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