Decanted for about an hour and it needed it, and perhaps more, as it continued to open as we drank it. Masculine and savory, with spices, crushed pepper, bloody meat, herbs and slight juniper. A little richer than I expected for the vintage but that's not to say it was big or heavy. Very easy drinking. Happy to have more of these to drink over the next ten years or so.
WSET Level 4 Course - WSET School; 9/6/2014-5/23/2015 (WSET School, Bermondsey): Appearance: The wine is Clear with a Medium ruby colour. It is borderline deep ruby Nose: The nose is Clean and Developing, showing Pronounced intensity primary aromas of blackcurrant, black plum, red cherry, red plum, raspberry, lavender, liquorice, secondary aromas of vanilla, cloves, toast, cinnamon, smoke and tertiary aromas of tobacco, meaty, game. Palate: The wine is Dry in the mouth with a Medium(+) level of acidity. It has Medium(+) Firm ripe tannins and a High Level of alcohol (14.50%). It has Full body and Pronounced intensity primary flavours of red cherry, red plum, raspberry, black plum, blackcurrant, liquorice, lavender, secondary flavours of vanilla, cloves, toast, cinnamon, smoke and tertiary flavours of tobacco, meaty, game. The finish is Long Overall: Complex, long, intense, well integrated alcohol, great typicity - just a bit young, great scope for development. Conclusion: It is an Outstanding quality wine. Can Drink Now but has Potential for Ageing Borderline on Too Young. This needs more time to develop; Premium priced (£34.99)
This deep ruby wine (a blend of 75% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre and 5% Cinsault) offers an intense nose of garrigue, raspberry, spice and cocoa. Fresh, full-bodied and with medium-weight, somewhat rustic tannins, it delivers flavors which mirror the nose. The wine's alcohol (listed as 14%) is tightly integrated and the middle palate is sturdy. Medium in length and somewhat astringent on the back end, this is a structured Châteauneuf which will benefit from some time in the cellar. Drink 2016-2026.
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(Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Barrel sample (already blended, set to be bottled at end of March 2013) - dark ruby color; appealing, lifted, dried berry, brett, garrigue nose; tasty, classic traditional Chateauneuf, garrigue, dried berry, lavender, anise palate; could use 1 year and should go 15 years (i.e., likely to be one of the longer lived 2011s); medium-plus finish 92-93 points (75% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, 5% Cinsault)
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