August 16, 2021 - Double-decanted for sediment, then started on it immediately - but it didn't budge at all over five hours. Very dark colour. Slightly sweet, plummy nose, with the aroma of violets and traces of alcoholic heat (although this is listed as 'only' 14%, who knows if that is actually accurate). Pretty massive on the palate, especially on the mid-palate, which obtruded appreciation of the wine's other attributes. Liquorice, plum, blackberry, cocoa... rich and dark, that's for sure. I quite liked it, but seemed a bit too much like hard work at times.
July 31, 2021 - I see someone (below) has drunk this wine with a bacon-cheese burger. I'm afraid this gives the game away. There is a conventional perception that northern Rhone is for the intellectuals; southern Rhone is for the simple minded, who want chunky, largely Granache driven wines.
I have never accepted that reading. Chateau NP wines are deep and earthy, but what subtlties they have is chonthic (and I hope I have spelt that correctly - Google tells me that it is a hair-dressing salon in New York). If subtley only resides in one-dimensional understatement (which it does with this wine), then I think we should go for the Chateau NPs.
And I am due for a haircut.
July 25, 2021 - Complex but smooth
June 10, 2021 - Plums and tannins. In a very very good way.
September 7, 2020 - Quite a serious wine. Bouquet of dark berries, plums and some licorice. Tannins are mellow but still present and enough acidity to counterbalance the inert sweetness. Good match with self made bacon cheeseburger.
July 10, 2020 - Opened 3 hours before drinking. Beautiful, not showing its age at all. Blackcurrant / liquorice / star anise, maybe a hint of fennel seed. Fine tannins. Wouldn't call it easy going but also deceptive for 14% ABV.
April 19, 2020 - Still drinking well. High tannins and alcohol, but loads of dark berry fruit with liquorice and eucalyptus. A little heavy going, but good value.
July 12, 2019 - Fantastic! Dark stone fruits on the nose, with hints of eucalyptus and liquorice. Spice and damsons on the palate. Smooth and great length. A little hot at 14% but warming!
March 25, 2017 - E&M Supps (E & M's in the rocks, Sydney): Sweet red berry, especially raspberry, fruit dominates proceedings here. It's quite big and broad as well. Feels off dry and quite unusual for this producer.
December 20, 2016 - Grosse bombe corpulente, on ne fait pas dans la complexité ici, puissant et riche, chauffe en prime.
Assez uni-dimensionnel comme vin en ce moment. Capiteux et un peu sur les prunes, plus ou moins mon style en ce moment.
Long et immense mais trop de tout en ce moment.