March 2, 2019 - Nose full of ripe and dried fruit. Some leather as well. Giving little on the nose initially. Palate is really nice. Lots of concentrated candied fruit. A powerful and complex wine.
January 1, 2019 - Drank this at the 2018 TIARI Wine Mixer alongside 2009 Teyssier, 2005 Fombrauge, 2007 Fleur Cardinal, 2005 LA Croix St. George. I preferred this out of the bunch, but some of the other tasters preferred the Fombrauge and the Croix St. George. This wine turned around since my last tasting at an unbelievable rate. Upon opening there was some melon on the nose with nectar. The pallet was silky with lush red fruit along with some nectar and honeyed sweetness. As the night went on the sweetness and the honey kept getting stronger. The nose continued to show perfume, honeyed sweetness, melon (perhaps cantaloupe), and nectar. The pallet evolved to thick concentrated fruit (in a good way) nectar and pruned fruit. This turned out to be an unbelievable wine. 94 points! Amazing.
December 1, 2018 - Clear ruby-garnet with little, if any bricking. Rather subdued but otherwise elegant, balanced, and complex nose of garrique, red fruit, some leather, herbs, and freshly-cut wood. Very nicely balanced, if rather light, on the palate with flavors that echo the aroma and a palpable completeness and balance that were striking. On the whole the wine lacks some intensity and body that I would otherwise expect from a CdP in a good year but the overall grace of the wine was noteworthy. Purchased on release and stored in my cellar since.
April 24, 2018 - Dark red. Smoky berry fruit nose, developing some mineral notes. Tasty warm berry and earth flavours and a dry finish.
Bought for around $40 can, held for almost a decade and it ends up about as good as a decent Cotes du Rhone.
April 22, 2018 - Aromas of blackcurrant bush, like in a Chilean Cabarnet, in addition to some port wine resemblance. Lacks elegance and some concentration.
March 11, 2017 - Surprisingly light red. Sweet ripe purple fuit a bit roasted at first then becomes more blackberry. Zero earth or mineral or garrigue. Tastes a little better then the nose. Very tannic without much acid.
Better then a St Cosme Gigondas from 07 that we had earlier in the week, but is another train wreck from the "Vintage of the Century".
One thing I have learned about the Southern Rhone is to stick to great producers in cool years.
January 17, 2017 - Châteauenuf-du-Pape 2007 - ten years after (chez moi): When you know what this is, it is not very difficult to pick up; rich, yet stony, cool style, not bad at all, this cuvee seems to be doing well in rich vintages. Years to go, but again, this is trying quite hard. Alcohol, as is the case with many of its peers, seems even stronger on day 2
October 2, 2016 - This has a lot going for it; in spite of the year, it has a cool feel, albeit also a hints of green stalks, that could also be the resultat of the weather. But first and foremost, it is a classic neuf, well balanced, full bodied, with the fat of the land showing through, sweetness, garrigue et al, but in a civilized way. Will live 5+ years with no effort, might even improve and become more complex. #WeehawkenStreet#Election2016
December 14, 2015 - A blend of 55% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre, this medium red/garnet wine opens within thirty minutes of decanting to flaunt a bouquet of black raspberry, lavender, incense, anise and loamy earth. Medium-bodied and with good acidity, it delivers flavors which mirror the nose. The wine's 14.5% alcohol is a non-factor and the residual tannins are soft. Discounted as pedestrian by an esteemed critic upon release, this Châteauneuf has matured nicely and has proven him wrong. Drink now-2020.
December 9, 2014 - D1h. Really excellent glass of wine. Very expressive yet elegant and possessing great depth. Fully mature and ready to enjoy. Drink now - 2017