Clear, deep ruby. The nose was clean and covered with garrique and slightly stewed fruit. Very low level of brett that blew off quickly. The palate was in perfect balance. Fine tannin and perfect acidity. Med body for a CDP that showed elegance over power. Flavors of prune,fig and herb. Outstanding showing for this wine.
Châteauneuf-du-Pape session (Extra Space): Tasted blind. Pop and poured. Drank over 2 hours. Appearance is clear, medium intensity, ruby colour. Legs. Nose medium+ intensity, with aromas of slight barnyard, earth, garrigue, licorice, leather, red cherry. Developing. On the palate, dry, bright high acidity, medium+ alcohol, very fine integrated medium+ tannins, full body. Medium+ flavour intensity, with flavours of earth, garrigue, red cherries, ripe raspberries, leather, licorice, sweet spice. Slight savoury soy sauce with more air. Long finish. Very good quality. This is what aged CDP should aspire towards. Nice small touch of brett. Drinking well now, and over the next 5+ years. 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah and 5% others. Total destalking. Aged in foudres for 12-15 months.
Birthday Dinner 2015 (Loanshiel): One of the recent bottles. Great cork. Ruby, fading to a mahogany tone. Marinated black cherries, warm spices such as clove or cinnamon, some black berry fruits, smoke and cured meats. Fabulous complexity. Well resolved tannins. Lacked a bit of length or concentration compared with the best CdP vintages perhaps. Still, a lovely drink.
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(Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Bricked medium dark red violet color; tar, cigar box, green bean, green bean casserole nose; tasty, tobacco, cigar box, smoke, mineral, green bean casserole palate; medium-plus finish (nowhere near as good as previous outings; is this a faulty bottle or is the wine falling apart?) 90+ points