89-90: Definitely showing it's age, brick red core to a brick brownish rim, cedar, dried herbs, tar, and mushroom. Not much in the way of fruit left here, rather this is showing nice mature Rhone character. A very prominent menthol note developed and stayed toward the end of the bottle, a little light, as wine stays translucent throughout, tannins have good grip and are slightly gritty. Overall nice mature CdP.
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(Clos des Papes Châteauneuf du Pape) A similar colour to the Mont Redon, just a little more dense and purple. A lovely nose, full of spice and liquorice, with an aromatic, cough candy, medicinal note. Fairly loose and open knit on the palate, perhaps reflecting the dilute vintage. Nevertheless there are attractive, spicy tannins, which build through the midpalate. Much more fruit than the Mont Redon, with balanced acidity, and a creamily textured finish. An attractive, characterful wine for drinking now.
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