Wow. Really good bottle of CdP. Not a big 'Parkerized' wine, almost Burgundian. In fact, I think blind I might have guessed a good vintage / good maker Gevrey Chambertin 1er. Not a lot (if any) of the standard (or Pegau standard) horse manure / funk. A cleaner CdP version. I really liked this...
Cellared since release. Perfect cork and fill. Pop and pour. Dark red core, lightening at rim. Nice complex nose of cherries, garrigue and pepper. Medium-bodied, lush fruit and woodsy notes on the palae, excellent balance and long smooth finish. Drinking at peak. Should last for another decade. Outstanding.
This has put on heft and depth since I last tried it. Dark ruby color with restrained nose. Decanted shortly before drinking, I would almost call it closed, but opened in the glass with Charvin spice, cigar and tobacco elegance. Very clean and no funk, this has a long life ahead. Very good.
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(Domaine Charvin Chateauneuf-du-Pape) What a nose! Spice, gravel. stones, paprika, cherries, raspberry, blood orange and on and on . . .Could keep smelling this all day. Ripe and juicy with tremendous concentration. Layers of fruit but a little reserved on the finish. Tannins show themselves on the finish along with a citrus tang. This has so much material in reserve. I would wait 10 years.
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