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2001 Château du Mourre du Tendre Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend

  • France
  • Rhône
  • Southern Rhône
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape
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Community Tasting Notes 30

  • pbaek wrote:

    December 9, 2020 - This is absolutely stunning right now and, still, surprisingly youthful. Funky nose, scents of olives, herbs and dark fruit. Upright, blue and cool, marks of dark cherry fruit, leather, herbs and olives. A hint of mint as well. Unique style, reminds me of Bonneau, just with more structure. Many years of life left.

  • mjpaustin wrote: flawed

    January 17, 2018 - Had this foisted upon me in one of those "can't miss" mystery cases from Garagiste. Bottle was corked (best case) or simply undrinkable (worst case). No obvious signs of oxidation, but the nose and palate were bland and the nose, in particular, showed some signs of TCA.

  • Deadhead wrote: 82 points

    October 24, 2016 - Not the best. Drank a glass and cooked a beef roast with the rest. Not so sure why I previously enjoyed this so much.

  • Cote d'Or wrote: flawed

    January 9, 2016 - Corked

  • stormygirl wrote: 85 points

    February 11, 2015 - not sure if this was past or just uninteresting but it lacked the complexity that makes drinking CdP so enjoyable.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    January/February 2003, IWC Issue #106 (link)

    (Chateau du Mourre du Tendre Chateauneuf du Pape) Subscribe to see review text.


  • By Jon Rimmerman
    12/13/2007 (link)

    (Mourre du Tendre CdP) Chateauneuf du Pape Dear Friends, I may seem like an apprentice at Hyde Park corner in the offer below but it is important to pick your causes and this is one of mine (along with 1000 others). While this wine will not impact world peace or save 1000 lbs of carbon from being exhaled into the atmosphere, it will help reverse the omnipresent trend in the Southern Rhone that the “truth” indeed lies. Why doesn’t Mourre de Tendre get the notoriety of something like Clos des Papes? Is it because the wine received an 89-91 barrel rating? If that’s true, that’s a joke. This wine is one of the most individual, rugged and potentially complex wines in all of Chateauneuf and it would be held on a mantle by most of you. Their old-school method of holding the wine until ready to drink (in this case, the 2001 is the current release) causes confusion in the marketplace but this practice is the same one employed by Henri Bonneau and it doesn’t seem to hurt his place in history. While this ritual is one that very few producers in Chateauneuf du Pape can afford to continue, it is more to do with pure economics than anything else - it is very costly to hold wine back for 5-6 years after the production vintage (when you could release it after only 12 months and let the consumer carry the burden of ageing) but Mourre de Tendre continues to do it and they will not deviate from their course. In the end, it’s about the wine and the blood, iron and pulp of old-vine Grenache that race around the structured and tannic frame of this beverage may be too much for some but I would argue it is the real soul of Chateauneuf du Pape. No luxury cuvee, no new oak, no tricks or games - a soapbox for my traditional rants? Maybe, but the wine is in the bottle - just give it a few more years (I actually think they could have held this back for 1-3 more years). This is a wine I purchase for my personal cellar as it harkens to an era circa 1970 or 1978 - one where the wall of galets pounding your palate was more of an indicator of worth than the toast level of the cooperage. If you enjoy the new tidal wave of CdP producers, you owe it to your palate to try one of the last old-guard left standing - I think you’ll be glad you did: I'll step down from the podium now - its exhausting (but worth every keystroke) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED EXTREMELY LIMITED (you may be able to find this cheaper on the East Coast but I’m fairly sure most of the US allocation has already been sold through) This parcel has perfect provenance directly from the source: 2001 Mourre du Tendre Chateauneuf du Pape (WA89-91)(IWC91-93) Thank you, Jon Rimmerman Garagiste Seattle, WA Rhone8820

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2001
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château du Mourre du Tendre
  • Varietal Red Rhone Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Rhône
  • SubRegion Southern Rhône
  • Appellation Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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  • In Cellars 97 (55%)
  • Consumed 78 (45%)

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