July 5, 2019 - rounding into shape with long length and still with a nice integrated structure
note to self: no cap if not at least 10-15 yrs old
February 3, 2019 - Still surprisingly tight and muted, needed an hour of air to come out. And still this is not super expressive the way Mont Olivet with age can be. The fruit is light red with notes of white pepper, elegance and finesse here. But no olives, herbs, oomph. I would give this a few more years.
October 15, 2016 - Was leery about expectations but what a wonderful CdP, just the right balance of earth and cherries, bold on the front yet smooth on the finish with a slight plum aftertaste. Wish I had more bottles. Drink now or before ~ 2018. Cheers.
December 23, 2015 - Relatively light colour with brick on the rim. Traditional Pape in the nose; wet earth, smoked bacon, dark-red fruits, licorice, dried figs and some lemon zest as well as dried orange to complete. Medium bodied on the (traditional Pape) palate with red fruit, earth and dried orange notes. Enough fruits and body for another 2 years; drink before 2018.
December 20, 2013 - Good, not great. Tight, typical - of the vintage, of the domaine. Lots of olives, herbs dominates, lacks generosity. Better with food, but I still feel I should have drunk this earlier ... while still very well balanced, it is close to actually drying out in the aftertaste.
December 19, 2012 - very, very good....rich and flavorful but not overripe or overbearing. an older and to my mind better style of cdp.
November 9, 2012 - Odd showing last night. I poured this into a decanter resulting in the wine shutting down completely for close to an hour. When it came back up to the surface it showed the rather typical black olive notes for Mont Olivet but with distinct green, herbal marks the came and went. Somewhat thin and diluted and not close to previous experiences with this wine.
January 14, 2012 - Central New Jersey Off-Line CT tasting at Peking Duckhouse, New York City (Peking Duckhouse, New York City): This was the second of two mags brought to a CT off line at Peking Duckhouse, NYC. This was, by far, the more interesting of the two bottles. This bottle offered more generous fruit in a style typical of CdP. No indication of spoilage or oxidation. Still within optimal drinking window. This bottle deserves the comment that a reputable producer can do wonderful things in a less than stellar vintage. The leftover wine was brought home and poured off to a 750. Served the next night with duck pate. The wine held up well, with only minor deterioration. This was an interesting experience to see what a lighter style CdP has to offer. I am glad to have found this bottle on the dusty shelf of a local retailer who had no idea what it was and was glad to get rid of it at the release price.
January 14, 2012 - Central New Jersey Off-Line CT tasting at Peking Duckhouse, New York City (Peking Duckhouse, New York City): This was the first of two mags brought to central jersey CT off line at Peking Duckhouse, NYC. We braved the first real chill of winter to attend this event. This bottle had depressed foil and slight label stain. However, cork was at appropriate depth and there were no active signs of seepage. On first pour, there was no sign of oxidation. Color was still vibrant. Yet, the wine seemed tired and/or closed. After being open for awhile, some fruitvstarted to emerge, but nothing of great interest or complexity. The wine did offer some game meat flavors that went well with the cuisine. The leftover wine came home and was poured off to a 750. Served the next night with duck pate. Although slightly oxidized, the wine had actually improved, with more generous fruit showing. In, retrospect, a short decant might have helped get the kinks out.
January 14, 2012 - Peking Duck House off-line
This was a different bird compared to the other CdP's tonight. Dark fruit, kirsch, Asian spice but a very funky barnyard smell that actually carried over into the palate. Fairly tannic, but this was from a magnum so its aging process has been slowed. The acid was a little lower than expected, but it worked out well in the glass. Nice long finish of firm tannin and sour fruit. This was the punch in the face wine of the night, but completely enjoyable with the spiced Chinese dishes and Duck. Thanks Cliff.