Pleasant with abundant terroir and lovely Grenache kirsch. End palate is a bit on thin side, but the overall impression is positive. Compared to previous tastings, the wine is much more open and integrated. There is a perfect balance between oak, acidity, tannins and fruit. This is a beautiful example of a more standard level CndP which continues to deliver after 7-8 years. I cannot say how it will evolve, but why wait and see? The wine is rather spectacular tonight too! (score is 91+)
This was quite good, barnyard nose, very meaty, with blood notes, hints of plums, raspberry, truffles, plenty of life left, in fact based on this bottle at least 5 maybe 10 years of life left easily. I evidently enjoyed this CDP better than most previous tasters.
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(Chapoutier Châteauneuf du Pape La Bernardine) This is a blend of 90% Grenache, 5% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre from a number of different vineyards. Vinified in concrete tanks over three weeks with a permissive approach to temperature. The nose certainly has plenty of young Syrah and Grenache character, very much at the orange peel end of the spectrum; a zesty overlay on top of some red fruit and cherries, them some chalk. Quite supple and sweetly textured in the upper layers, over a chalky-grippy core, but with a strange roast-meat-Bovril element to it. Texturally though it is very appealing. Could the rest of the wine come good as it evolves?
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