Weekly tasting group #209; Old world 2006 (@ BS): In the bouquet beautiful red berries, garrigue, some rustic impressions, good oak and some signs of development. On the palate a juicy start with ripe red fruits like raspberries and blackberries, leather, licorice, beautifully fresh acidity and soft tannin with a pleasant and still powerful bite. Overall a beautiful and elegant wine which is in its maturity stage now and will stay there for a few more years.
Monthly Tuesday group #002: Châteauneuf du Pape (By MN): Beautiful bouquet with ripe dark forest fruits, licorice, herbs and spices. On the palate licorice, a lot of herbs and spices and chocolate. Beautiful acidity and tannin. The wine is not extremely complex, but certainly a great pleasure and less evolved than the bottle I tasted in July.
Monthly Tasting Group EEE #040; Châteauneuf-du-Pape (@ JD): Spicy bouquet with some rose hips, bacon and tobacco. On the palate juicy red and dark berry fruits, some garrigue, beautiful fresh acidity and soft tannin. Lovely wine. Don’t know the history of this bottle, but if it is exemplary, it is probably wise to drink this wine before 2018.
Subtle but complex fruit of cherries/kirsch, herbs and background earth. It's even and smooth with some richness and just enough weight to keep it flowing across the palate. Really nice wine now. Requires attention but very rewarding. Not a wine for a big dinner party or rambunctious social gathering. Amazing nose.
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(Domaine la Roquète Châteauneuf du Pape l'Accent de la Roquète) A super-cuvée from the Bruniers, this is 90% old-vine Grenache and 10% Mourvèdre, raised in 30-hectolitre used oak casks. A rich fruit nose, sweet and ripe, certainly concentrated, not in the slightest bit confit or jammy. The palate has a supple, velvety substance and a charcoaly, tannic grip which I like. Good acids, and a long, grippy finish with a savoury twist.
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