• mrzee Likes this wine: 95 points

    November 19, 2021 - Beautifully aged! Nose of currant, pepper, and (distinctly) strawberry. Leather, spices, ripe fruit on the tongue.

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  • Philippe_C wrote: 94 points

    November 15, 2021 - Nose of BBQ, OXO, tobacco leaves... Cool tannin but silky, lacking a bit of fruit, nice lenght, will go better with food.

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  • rocknroller wrote: 90 points

    November 9, 2021 - Nita's Cassoulet and Mostly CdP (Craig & Nita's Place): Dark red color. PNP, drank a glass over 90 minutes. This was big and volatile tonight, black cherry, blackberry, sour cherry and strong streaks of garrigue and tar; black olives, black licorice. Still waiting to see is this brings more nuances or remains in your face.

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  • sfwinelover1 Likes this wine: 96 points

    October 25, 2021 - One off, as part of the large private party purchase about a year ago (hard to price individual bottles, but about $80). On the initial small pour, incredibly intense nose and powerful palate with the most vibrant mixed floral perfume, sweet red cherries, semisweet raspberries, currants, opulent pomegranate, rhubarb, garrigue, and earthy minerality. Medium garnet, medium to full bodied, super thick legs. Powerful acidity, medium+ tannins, not a hint of heat (13.5% abv). Deeply complex, very good persistence and intensity. This is the 5th vintage of this bottling I've had in the past year or so: the '98, the '03, the '06 and the '09, and I wasn't quite sure what to expect, since the experiences, although ultimately all good, were so varied out of the bottle. The '98 was perfect, immediately good to go, the '03 was wan and backward, needing about 2 hours to fill out, and the '09 was huge and funky, needing a couple of hours to balance (I can't speak to the '06, since it was brought to the big tasting by a friend, and it was good to go, but I don't know how much air he had given it). This echoed the '98, and while I opened it up 90 mins-2 hours before I planned to drink it, I quickly corked it, as it was almost perfect on the pour. Everything about this bottle screamed youth and vibrancy, from the cork which looked like it had put in earlier in the day, to totally intact structure, which gives this wine tremendous lift. I love this bottling--as you might hope, my having had 5 different vintages in the past year, more than any other wine, to the best of my knowledge--and this vintage is my favorite of the 5, in a close call over the '98 (although the '09 wasn't far behind and was still improving, so it could catch up and even pass this at some point), and while I like the power and funkiness of the '09, I must admit that the cleanness and Burgundiness of the late '90s-early '00s of this bottling (and corresponding Clos des Papes) is really catnip to me. This tastes like it's drinking at peak, but the freshness is so notable and impressive and propels this wine along with such notable length, it would be easy to see it holding this level for another decade or so. Stunning with loin lamb chops--CdPs with lamb are, like chiantis with red sauce pastas and BdMs or more structured Napa cabs with beef, just magical pairings--but the perfect balance of fruit and structure, the touch of sweetness with the classic CdP savoriness, makes this just as good as a standalone. On balance, I think I like this base bottling of Pegau just below the base of Clos des Papes as my favorite CdPs, a bit above Beaucastel, Sabon Prestige and Usseglio due to their superior freshness, at least in their further back vintages. I wish I could find something like this in New World grenaches, but perhaps my new CT friends can convince that this grape, like my beloved sangio, can thrive in the golden soils of the Golden State.

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  • devraj Likes this wine: 93 points

    October 3, 2021 - Still a youthful ruby red in color with very slight bricking around the edges. Superb aromas of dark red berries, garrigue, toasted herbs, hint of leather, cigar smoke and a faint hint of mulch. Super silky and balanced on the palate showing sweet dark red crushed fruits, hint of savory spices, medium acidity and a long finish that shows earthy/tobacco perfume. This is superb.

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  • acyso wrote: 88 points

    October 3, 2021 - (Mostly) 2001 Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Skokie, IL): Served double blind. Very nice sweetness and fruit on the nose. A good dose of herbal quality (garrigue?), and some darker fruit. Riper and full-bodied, and surprisingly clean, especially for Pégau. The inordinately dirty Laurence next to this made me think whether there was some Dorian Gray situation going on here where all of the nastiness ended up in that bottle instead... My 1st, group's 1st.

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  • smatteo wrote: 92 points

    October 2, 2021 - Opened and drunk over the 4 hours or so, I don't drink as much CDP as I used to but still enjoy the odd bottle from traditional wine makers with some age on them. A very clean bottle with no hint of brett, very creamy on the nose, sweet red fruits and Provençal herbs and bricking thru out. No hint of alcohol on the nose or palate and label says 13.5 abv. Not as rich and full on the palate, on the elegant side even for CDP and I slightly preferred the nose, but an enjoyable wine all in all. Mature and ready to drink, but I'm sure well stored bottles will hold for awhile.

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  • nkirsch Likes this wine: 92 points

    September 12, 2021 - this bottle was still quite good. Light reddish color. Opened for an hour and then drank over the next few hours. Light tannins, slightly earthy taste with good fruit flavors. Pleasantly suprised

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  • La Cave d'Argent wrote: 88 points

    August 5, 2021 - From a pristinely cellared bottle, this wine was decanted off of its substantial sediment and serially tasted over the ensuing three hours. Medium garnet with bricking at the rim, it is aromatically expressive of Morello cherries, dark bramble fruits, Provençal herbs, clove and cocoa. Medium-bodied and with good acidity, it has well-integrated alcohol (13.5%), fully resolved tannins and flavors that mirror the nose. Although the middle is dense and the finish is long, there is a modest degree of maderization that is pervasive from the mid-palate all the way through the back end. While still pleasurable, there is no doubt that this pedigreed Châteauneuf was (like many of us) better in its younger days. Drink now.

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  • humagne wrote: 93 points

    May 22, 2021 - Still in goos shape. Funky nose, good balance and expression on the palate. Somewhat dry in the finish. Drink up.

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