Well, hello old friend. The color here is light red, almost Burgundian. Lovely spicy, perfumed nose underpinned by subtle red fruit. So light and elegant, resolved, tertiary flavors of underbrush, dried red fruits and tobacco. Fully mature now and not likely to improve. A great treat if one wants a throwback to old-school neuf. Love it.
Great showing last nigth. In the zone with pretty, red fruit up front and then plent of tertiary flavors of spices and under brush. A lighter, gentler style of Clos de Papes, much to my liking. A lovely, genuine Chateauneuf du Pape.
As opposed to the last bottle we opened, this one seems fully mature and is all about Provençal herbs, notably lavender, rosemary and thyme as well as sous-bois flavors. The style is somewhat lighter than more recent vintages but 1997 was obviously not a big year in the Southern Rhone. I don't see this wine benefitting from further cellaring but I'm sure it will be a worthy companion to various meat dishes for another 3-5 years. We enjoyed this one with grilled lamb kebab.
Much better than the last bottle enjoyed just a few months ago. Still primary and closed, it takes close to an hour of air for the fruit to emerge. There is a nice core of bitter cherry fruit and plenty of tertiary flavors mixed in. There is good structure and balance here even if the tannins are still pronounced. A lighter styled Clos des Papes, which I like, with plenty of life left.
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