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
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(Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape) The Clos des Papes was jammy and sweet, seemingly mature…already? Sweet and sweeter, I felt like this was a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down. Not sure what all the fuss is about.
(Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Very slightly cloudy cherry red color with pale meniscus; bretty, herbaceous, olive nose; somewhat mature, stemmy, herbaceous, dried berry, pepper and smoke palate; medium finish 91+ pts.
(Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape) A fine, cherry red hue. On the nose there are some dark, brooding fruits, smoky-roasted cherries, but otherwise this wine is giving little away at the moment. It has a great presence on the palate, with lots of weight and a firm, grippy, masculine tannic structure. Very decent acidity too. Richly endowed, youthful but withdrawn, with a composition bordering on monolithic, this wine needs time, but it was worthwhile taking this first look.
(Clos des Papes) Great nose of crushed hot pebbles, cherry liquor, kirsch, wild berries, smoke, little bit of an exotic tomato hint. Elegant but with sweet concentrated fruit and tremendous ripeness. All perfectly ripe red fruits. Seamless yet spreading. Great acid and serious stony complex minerals on the finish. As Yaacov has repeatedly said this is one of the most Burgundian CDP's out there. This was singing on this particular night.