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Chateauneuf & Champagne $60+ Non-Blind

Bin 75 Alpharetta, GA

Tasted June 10, 2022 by Rezy13 with 44 views

Flight 1 - Starter Bubbles (1 note)

White - Sparkling
2002 Pol Roger Champagne Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill France, Champagne
Yellow straw color; opulent nose, eggy, bready, grilled lemon, lime zest, still quite young, full bodied and broad shouldered, acid is not driving which makes me think this won't get much better but a little more time should add some welcomed complexity.
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Flight 2 - 2005 CdP Horizontal (3 notes)

Red
2005 Domaine Charvin Châteauneuf-du-Pape France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
More of a cloudy reddish core with large brick rim; liqueured nose, kirsch, medicinal, plum and fig, Luden's cough drop; silky texture, full bodied and somewhat alcoholic, intense but there's a measured elegance to it.
Red
2005 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Maroon core, some sediment, reddish orange rim; dusty nose, really pretty, earthy mix, leather, pepper, cranberry, sour plum, fig, good core of sour cherry, nice delineation without their sometimes distracting Brett, very balanced and nice.
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Red
2005 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape Deus-Ex Machina France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Darker core with thinner dull rim; the darkest deepest of noses, smoke, aged, fig, balsamic, higher alcohol, still a plush almost Syrah like quality, turns out this is a high percentage of old vine Mourvedre, Amarone-esque, still holding on and full of a lot of pleasure; appreciate this more now that it has calmed down with some age.

Flight 3 - Clos St Jean Deus-Ex Machina (2 notes)

The 2005 was reserved for this flight too.

Red
2004 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape Deus-Ex Machina France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Dark core with brown rim; tired nose, spicy, hoisin, prune, plum, good texture, leather, not gone but ready to drink now, probably best a few years ago.
Red
2012 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape Deus-Ex Machina France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Lots of spice on this expressive nose, warm plums, blue fruit, weighty, good texture, sweet and savory, again recall the spices; tasty and in a good spot.

Flight 4 - Champagne Interlude (1 note)

White - Sparkling
N.V. Philipponnat Champagne Royale Réserve Brut France, Champagne
2017 base, 68% Pinot Noir 29% Chardonnay 3% Pinot Meunier, 30% wood aged reserve, 8g/L dosage; pretty straw green; high toned fresher nose, biscuit, grilled lemon, good combination of luxuriously aged and youthfull fruitiness, driving acid, pleasing flavors, persistent mousse, not your average house style- this is clearly a step up qualitatively.

Flight 5 - Beaucastel (2 notes)

Red
2006 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Darker core with large crimson rim; very nice nose, aged, some brown sugar, hard red fruit, lots of weight and savoriness, fig and plum, structured and the most tannic of the day, very nice but could use a bit more time.
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Red
2017 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Great mix of sweet and savory, berries, tea, garrigue, nice balance and should age gracefully, fuller compared to many 2017 CdPs I've had.
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Flight 6 - Tete de Cuvee & Misc. (7 notes)

Red
2015 Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Choregies France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Semitranslucent reddish violet; more classic nose, open, spice, mulled plum and raspberry, blueberry, nice balance, herby mix on the close; tasty.
Red
2017 Roger Sabon Châteauneuf-du-Pape Le Secret des Sabon France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Black core with thin purple rim; big, black fruited, bitter chocolate, purple fruit, very dense and concentrated, very structured but also very plush tannins, so young and not expressing 20% of the complexity this bottling can show; yet another CdP that is on the fuller side of the vintage style.
White - Sparkling
2012 Veuve Clicquot Champagne Brut Vintage France, Champagne
Yellow green color; rich nose, almonds galore, yeasty, cream, good acid, approachable now; good.
White - Sparkling
2014 Marie Courtin Champagne Efflorescence Extra Brut France, Champagne
Brighter greenish yellow; nutty nose, green apple, pear, golden fruit, almond, taut, very dry and sharp on the palate, lots of phenolics, almost severe with nice fruit.
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Red
2018 Domaine Raymond Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Girard France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Cloudy reddish maroon; tea, blueberry, raspberry, floral, tart, very pretty though not light.
White
2019 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Cuvée Roussanne Vieilles Vignes France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Lovely nose, aromatic, melon sweet fruit, waxy, impressive richness with solid acid, mint; really delicious.
White - Sparkling
2007 Ruinart Champagne Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs France, Champagne
Pencil lead, waxy, good weight, steely and clean, great texture, flavors dovetail; I'd like to see this with more time.
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