last bottle and no improvement. even with 4 hr decant, it never displayed attractive qualities and depth. given the number of tasters (and favorite authors) who responded positively, perhaps bottle variation (though that's not my sense of why I didn't like it).
I love Charvin, but this was very disappointing. Tasted like a cheap cote du rhone, not interesting fruit, no C9P character. I like off years C9P, and Charvin does well usually, but this was an exception. Let's hope it was just a bottle variation.
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(Domaine Charvin Chateauneuf du Pape) COLOR-dark; NOSE-I love the black pepper; PALATE-a little gamey and a lot of spice that I really like; medium to full bodied which is what I'm looking for; a refreshing style; RP-88/90; GV-No Score
After consuming far more of this wine than I care to admit, it is a breath of fresh air that should be taken seriously.
For the current price, I'm tempted to classify it as one of the finest deals going in “drink-now” Chateauneuf-du-Pape but many of you will pooh-pooh it simply due to the vintage – don’t.
If you are into Chambolle-Musigny, this top-level rendition of Charvin shows a playful streak of Amoureuses meshed with the appeal of old-school Châteauneuf. It is a simply delicious wine with a well-heeled/refined, somewhat retro feel to its relatively low-alcohol framework (I believe it is “only” 14.00-14.50% versus the current trend of 15.5+% in most of the region). The wine’s immediate strength lies in its gorgeous aromatics of kirsch, stone, garrigue, iron and blood that waft above floaty fresh fruit. Not to be outdone, the pinpoint flavors linger in an ever-so elegant fashion - it is nuance that captivates here - not brute extract. Laurent Charvin is completely enamored with the 2008 - if you ask him in private, he believes it is far more appealing than the 2007 and it’s tough to argue.
I realize the investment potential may lie in the 2007 vintage (in general) and, certainly in time, most of the 2007’s should surpass their 2008 counterparts from a complexity standpoint but what about over the next 4-6 years? What about pure “drinking” potential versus the investment?
Just like 2008 in Bordeaux, the shrewd consumer has a bevy of delicious examples from Chateauneuf-du-Pape in 2008 to actually drink and not worry about the hefty entrance fee (or that you are opening a potential auction windfall). In addition, the best 2008s have a style that is preferred by the core of our email list – sifted, mineral-rich and aromatic with a lightly tannic kirsch-coated shell versus the overdone/overripe Grenache of many 2007s (and many 2009’s for that matter).
The 2008 Charvin is a wine that harkens to the early 1980s – it is a lovely bottle of wine through and through – no apologies necessary:
A particularly strong showing.
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2008 Domaine Charvin Chateauneuf-du-Pape - (considering the 2007 is $60-100, the relative value of the 2008 speaks for itself – compare at $40-50+ in Europe, I'm not sure how high it will be in the US)
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