October 13, 2019 - Ruby amber tinted with broad orange and amber tinted rim. The first sniff is of blueberries, but then the nose is a bit tired and of low intensity. A decant maybe helps a bit but not much. A bit of herbal notes, garrigue and marrow notes. On the palate it is smooth, but with noticeable tannin left, with more fruity character (figs, bramble) than the nose suggests. Some sweaty animal skin, but not unpleasant. I'm quite late to drink the last bottles up. And you should do so if you've not fallen in love with wines that are already a bit morbid. Maybe bottles that have been cellared at textbook conditions since release, are still fresher. I will check this, with another bottle from a textbookcellar soon. Nevertheless there is nothing to wait for, except decay. 5/11/17/7. 90 -2018
September 29, 2019 - Un bon vieux Chateauneuf traditionnel, dont la puissance naturelle s’est adoucie. Belle présence en bouche, c’est épicé, chaleureux, il a développé une belle complexité aromatique sur les herbes grillées, le kirsch, les figues. Il n’a pas le charme du 2003 à son meilleur, c’est un peu plus austère, mais néanmoins très satisfaisant. 92 pts
August 3, 2019 - This wine is beautiful now. The nose gives slight cured meat integrated with dark fruit, plums, black berries, spice. Palate resembles the nose. Silky tannins, still some acidity. Enjoy it.
July 6, 2019 - Purchased upon release and pristinely cellared, this medium garnet wine now shows distinct bricking at the rim. Decanted from its sediment and serially tasted over the ensuing two hours, it exudes black raspberries, garrigue, clove, cocoa and lavender, but this particular bottle unfortunately also has a subtle stewed tomato component that is pervasive. Medium-bodied and with medium acidity, it has nicely integrated alcohol (13.5%) and fully melted tannins. The finish is medium-to-long and quite smooth, but the tomato perception persists. Perhaps this bottle was heat damaged prior to purchase, as it just doesn't line up with previous tasting records. That said, it is[/i] 18 years old at this point. Drink now.
June 20, 2019 - Initially seemed maderized, blew off somewhat with air but not up to other bottles.
May 18, 2019 - Q2 - 2019 Tasting - Alsatian White Varieties from around the World (New York, NY): Kind of a bummer that this was heavily corked as a bottle from the same lot we had a week earlier was terrific. Oh well!
May 18, 2019 - Q2 2019 Tasting - Alsatian White Varietals (The Apt): Bonus bottle and sadly it was all wet cardboard. Bummer since I like this year in Rhone and I like this producer.
May 10, 2019 - Decanted for sediment and served. Color has significant bricking. Nose of bramble and leather. A really fun bottle of wine to drink - in a terrific mature spot now - tannins are resolved and secondary/tertiary notes are on full display. Tastes of mature red fruit, bramble, spice, leather and licorice. Quite delightful!
April 15, 2019 - certainly fully mature but lovely with it - delicious and long - drink up though
April 5, 2019 - Beautifully mature nose displaying ripe slightly dry red fruit, red cherry, raspberry jam, plum, tobacco, garrigue, strong leather, cinnamon and earth. Fully integrated palate, finely layered very ripe slightly dry red fruit, silky and polished, medium acidity, earthy mineral, a hint of tannins and a long ripe dry red fruit driven finish. This is a classic CDP/Pegau that is drinking beautifully. A bit riper and not as bright compare to the 01 Beaucastel.