Color: dark red still Nose: tight nose, licorice, black raspberry, nose opens in glass, a burly cdp, Palate: full bodied, ripe red fruits, fairly long finish, sweet core, layered, lacking finesse, did not improve in the glass over 2 hours, felt the alcohol, came across as bit over the top at the end of the night
The '05 Charbonniere Chateauneuf right out of the bottle reminds me of a Cotes du Rhone with carob dusted fruit and hardly any sense of place. Where is the garrigue, the earth, the sense of place? The palate comes across as sweet without much interest. It's disappointing to cellar a wine for years only to find the juice wasn't worth the time you spend in line at the grocery store. Weak sauce. Looking at my review of the first bottle I'm surprised by the grade.
Friday Night Double Blind $30+ (Bin 75): Darker cloudy core with lighter crimson rim; some aged soy notes, caraway, dried roses, cherry, perfumed, cranberry; raspberry, dry bitterness, good midpalate density, cherry cough syrup, fresh, very old-school Grenache dominant, almost austere style; for as poorly as I rated this I would still go buy this wine as it has stuffing to age gracefully and definitely improve; tried to fool us by putting in a Bordeaux bottle but I knew it was Grenache (then CdP when told it wasn't the correct bottle).
Still very dark lightening just a whisper toward the edge. The nose on day one showed no sign of oxidation or maturity with precise dark fruit, some earth, black pepper, and an impression of a wine that is still youthful and tight. Day two told a different story, the fruit, acid, and tannin showing much more harmony playing together nicely indeed. The '05 Charbonnierre Perdrix lacks the magic and intrigue of a great Chateauneuf but overall was memorable. At 15%, this is a whopper but doesn't come across as hot. This has many years of positive evolution ahead of it. Drink by 2025.
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