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Community Tasting Notes (16) Avg Score: 89.4 points

  • Served to me blind. It was clearly an Old World wine. The ripe red plums and blackberries on bouquet and palate briefly had me thinking this was a Right Bank Bordeaux. However, there was a big hit of barnyardy Brett (but not offputtlng, more just savoury complexity), as is characteristic of the house. There were also notes of herbs and garrigue, grilled field mushrooms and cooked meat juices that spoke of the Southern Rhone. On palate, the fruit sweetness hits on entry followed by the more savoury flavours present on the nose. Good volume and large scaled ripe, but not over-ripe or over-extracted, red fruit. This is a lovely mellow wine, showing some secondary development, but surprisingly primary for a 1996. The acidity present provides good freshness and the tannins are smooth and relatively well integrated. In its optimal drinking window but there is no hurry, at least on the evidence of this bottle. Edit: a knowledgeable friend said that this wine is in its prime right now and should be drunk in 3-6 years.

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  • Pale colour mature rusty. Wild garrigue on nose wafting liquorice leather. Light balanced and fresh. Fully mature but still plenty of vigour. Lovely

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  • big surprise. Came upon this in cellar and thought past drink up date.
    colour mature but alive. Wild nose of met , game garrigue and sweet grenache behind. Similar on palate with quite high acidity but this was fine with food. Really enjoyed the rest of it watching Masters third round.
    lovely bottle.

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  • I took a flyer on this on WineBid and was hoping for more ... but alas, it's a past mature, tired, poor vintage Chateauneuf. There is that telltale Pegau personality, a bit wild, meaty, bloody, roasted. It's certainly drinkable and even charming, but there is no prince or princess to be found whilst kissing this frog. It was well worth the try though.

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  • Ripe, sweet red fruit on the nose with some spice and meaty notes. More fully red fruit and some dark fruit on the palate. Big in the mouth with some tannin and a ruggedness to it. Went well with our Thai dinner. Medium finish.

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