Beautiful now after an hour or two decant. Cherry over the strong mineral Grenache that those old vine roots produce. Then a touch of spice and that marvelous lavender aroma and she is in super fine form. Such a consistently good producer.
This has improved quite a bit from my last bottle 2yrs ago. Splash decanted for 2hrs. Nose of red fruit liquor and sandalwood. Palate adds a little spice to the red fruit, still very primary. Lengthy finish. Nice cut to the palate despite the liquor quality, and coarse tannins are still present. Drink or hold. Good purity of fruit. 92-93
So they say that the 2008 CDP's are not long-term agers, well that maybe true but these definitely benefit from some bottled time. gorgeous earthy floral nose with a little bit of mushroom funk that leads into a super smooth dark berry palate. fantastic!
Dark purplish red in color. It has a dusty, chalky, raspberry ganache aroma, that doesn't jump from the glass, but it's in there. In the mouth, it gets a liquored stickiness that finishes with a tight dryness. Its good now if you are still cerebral, otherwise, save it for another day.
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(Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Vieilles Vignes) This cuvée is 70% Grenache and 20% Mourvèdre, with 10% Syrah, the vines aged 80-100 years. Ripe, with smoky cherry fruit. A good supple quality, perhaps a touch more savoury than the other wines here. A good grip and structure to it, lots of tannins, and a less confit style of fruit here too. Still a very big wine though, with a very full-on character. Good.
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