Pop and pour, this took about an hour to really come together and then it just kept getting better. Ruby in color. The nose has raspberries, cherries, spice and floral tones. Great texture. I often compare older Saxum's to Ali, then this is Sugar Ray Leonard at its finest. Medium weight, dances with grace and yet has great power. Complex. delicious. Yet, this is still youthful. If you have a bunch, sure drink some. If just a lone bottle, I would wait 3 to 5 but that's just being safe. This will go much longer. Great wine.
A pretty good Charvin from a great vintage. Enormous depth and a few years in the bottle has helped pull the components together. Bright Grenache flavours, charry oak with dried herbs and cured meat. Pretty full flavour profile but has good balance overall.
Lush and a bit soft on the acid with sweet red fruit and spice flavors. My wife loved it. I'd like a bit more acid but all in all still very balanced and friendly. I double decanted for an hour before dinner but didn't really seem necessary. Still relatively primary at this stage. Alc 15% but no detectable heat just a bit of girth to support. Not sure this has the structure to age for a longtime but Ill wait at least 3yrs for my next one to see. 4 left. I went a little crazy and bought 6 on release. Wish I had settled for three. Paid $62.
Je l'attendais beaucoup plus grand dans ce millésime hors norme, sachant que le domaine ne pousse jamais trop loin l'extraction et offre toujours une certaine finesse. Ça demeure un excellent vin, le nez est très expressif sur des notes d'herbes aromatiques et de mûres, encore assez primaire. Beaucoup moins "sucré" et capiteux que certains de ses compatriotes en 2007, il présente une belle finesse et il sera très intéressant de le suivre sur 10-20 ans.
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Considering the 1999 version of this wine (from magnum) is still a contender for my 2009 Wine of the Year, the 2007 appears to be a relatively safe investment - for drinking or as an asset. If Charvin can perform at such a high level in a merely good to very good vintage, where does that place 2007?
Unlike so many of the big-boy wines of the vintage, Laurent Charvin harnessed the potentially over-ripe/liquor-like Grenache of 2007 into a wine that has at least two decades of intellectual potential in front of it. This wine is among the very best of the vintage and I have no doubt it will escalate substantially in value over the next 20-30 years as the aura of 2007 follows it well into adulthood:
This parcel has impeccable provenance - one shipment only:
2007 Domaine Gerard Charvin Chateauneuf du Pape (WA94-96+) (my instinct says you should be able to find this from Premier Cru and a few other sources but, with 2007, all bets are off. I just don't see availability on Charvin's 2007 as they have cracked down significantly on grey marketing and the US allocation is all but gone at this point. Normally, I would tell you to take a chance and wait for lower prices but, with 2007, I can't make that recommendation. In addition, retailers know where their recession meal ticket is (2007 S. Rhones) and discounting is not likely)
Jon Rimmerman Garagiste Seattle, WA
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