Lots of life in this one. Still a very dark garnet color. And still opaque with good viscosity. Really classic CdP nose with herbs, garrigue, and juicy red berries. Sweet perfume, even hauntingly expressive in it.s purity. Fabulous on the palate. Doesn't seem like much at first, but then it builds and builds and fills every corner of your mouth with rich, sweet fruit. Nice rich texture and fabulous complexity. I'd say this is right in its sweet spot. I'd drink it right now because there's no reason to wait--the tannins are fully resolved and it still has all of its fruit, with a combination of primary but mostly secondary aromas and tastes. Delightful! Much better than my '98s. 5-14-17-9: 95/100.
At Bistro Jeanty, drank among a table of big wines (mostly European) Palate cleansing exercise after three days of big Cabs. This is a great and knowledgeable crew of wine friends, brought this one based on my last bottle and it did not dissapoint.
Consistent with prior notes - Color is medium brick/red, mild bricking at the rim. Dark fruits, burnt sugar, Provencal herbs - Sweet cherry/grenache, garrigue, spices, cinnamon, sweet plums, cola, faint vanilla. Long and sweet finish, medium weight, sweet and moderate tannins.
Decanted for two hours, black fruit and solid kirsch notes on the nose. Initially, a bright palate of mixed red and black bramble fruit, cola, Asian spice and a touch of Brett. After decanting, more muted, dark fruit predominant, with an almost olive character. I think it's time to drink up.
The nose was huge and fabulous, with musky crushed berries and loads of herbs. Delicious and sweet on the palate, but lacking a bit of structure (tannins are resolved and acid is low). Makes for fun, easy drinking now, but I don't see the stamina here for the long haul or much more complexity emerging with cellar time.
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(Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée) Bright red violet color; ripe cherry and sweet beef jus nose; tasty, young, tight, concentrated tart red fruit and garrigue, with a borscht note; medium-plus finish