Clos du Mont Olivet Chateauneuf Vertical (9 vintages)

Bistro 7 Philadelphia

Tasted May 1, 2013 by winemaker with 121 views

Introduction

Last night we had a very interesting tasting at Bistro 7 in Philly. The food was terrific as always. Michael O'Halloran does a great job. Robert Panzer poured a nine vintage vertical of the regular cuvee of Clos du Mont Olivet. The wines were served youngest to oldest. The vintages were 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, and 2001. My impressions were that all of these wines were remarkably harmonious and smooth regardless of vintage. That being said there were marked differences in the wines based on vintage influence.

2010- Lovely aromatics, sweet grenache red cherry fruit, kirsch, garrigue, provencal herbs and minerality. A bit of alcohol was sticking out at the back, but no worries, it will integrate with a bit more bottle age. 94

2009- Big, rich and round. More full than the '10 in the mid palate. Didn't seem to be quite as complex as the '10. 92

2008- Really drinking well now for this lighter vintage. Really interesting aromas of garrigue and herbs. A wine for burgundy lovers. Fresh, well made and tasty. 90

2007- Very big. Along the same lines as the 2009 except maybe a bit grander in scale. 93

2006- The verve and tension in this wine from its higher acidity makes it very interesting and another burgundy lover's type of wine. Some liked this wine best. 92

2005 Still a tannic beast with lots of grip, but I loved it. Others not so much. 92

2004- This vintage has an interesting sweetness to the grenache in a very smooth way that makes it very interesting. Has similarities to the 2004 Chateau des Tours Vacqueyras Reserve that I love. 93

2003- A real success for a scorching hot vintage. This actually has lower alcohol than the 2007, 2009 or 2010. Drinking well now and quite good, but not as the same level for me as some of the other wines. 90

2001- WOTN for me. Showing secondary and some tertiary characteristics. Really long finish. 95

These wines all have the same fruit and garrigue profile with the differences between vintages being represented by varying aromatics, tannic influence and acidity. You can tell they are all cut from the same cloth, but yet there is interesting vintage differences. These wines represent really attractive QPR.

I would say that RPs ratings on these wines were too low. The 2001 only got 87 points back in the day. It is a much better wine now. As always YMMV.

Byron

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