Community Tasting Notes (27) Avg Score: 89.6 points

  • rounding into shape with long length and still with a nice integrated structure
    note to self: no cdp if not at least 10-15 yrs old

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • very, very good....rich and flavorful but not overripe or overbearing. an older and to my mind better style of cdp.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Compared to the 1998, this is more structured, in better balance and fresher. Still very rich on up-front, fine cherry fruit and spices this is in a good spot now. There is an elegant and refined feel to this wine, something I didn't find in the 1998. Brought to Lusardis for birthday celebration dinner for Aleksander.

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  • Medium bodied. Well integrated. Smooth and mellow. Dark plum and dried cherry fruit with Mediterranean spice and slight hints of leather and mincemeat. Was still great the second day. Nice wine.

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  • I think RP had this one right on -- flavors of mincemeat, dried Provencal herbs, pepper, and sweet cherry fruit. Thinning out a bit, but still very enjoyable. From .375. Paired with homemade Indian cuisine, tasty combination.

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  • Didn't critically appraise this. Had with dinner and it was very enjoyable. Started off a bit thin then opened up and had garrigue and licorice flavors. Did we become more accustomed to it or did it change in the glass? Not sure but it was a wonderful dinner wine.

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  • À Avignon avec Justine et Vincent. Un joli vin arrivé à maturité, nez de cuir et de garrigue avec du sous-bois, il lui reste du fruit mais ne gagnera rien à vieillir. J'aime bien car on ne sent pas du tout l'alcool, le vin n'est pas très long mais bien équilibré, au style traditionnel.

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  • I usually give Mont Olivet 10 years to come around and the 1999 Chateauneuf du Pape is indeed coming around. Dark purple red color. Quite big concentration for sure. This is a bigger and more substantial wine than the 1998. Nose of leather, animal fur, dried black cherries. Black olives and licorice on the palate. Maybe a bit of balsam wood as well. Very long finish. This is a great Mont Olivet. Is drinking well now and will continue to do so another 10 years.

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  • Medium red. Very nice nose. Lots of cherry, meat and a little black pepper. Not too rich but very nice flavours. Totally resolved tannins. Hard to go back to after the Leonetti.

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  • Tasted and smelt of vinegar and cider

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  • Deep red. Barolo like? Floral notes, raspberries and leather. Quite rich. Tannins are pretty much on the way out. Very good right now.

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  • Nose of herbs, olives and plums. Significant acid streak that mellowed over time, plum, raspberry and tapenade on the palate. Tannins were hidden behind that acid at first, but as the balance resolved, some sweet tannins filled in the finish and enhanced the raspberry flavors. The herbs and acid make it a food wine for me.

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  • this was a bad bottle that appeared to have been cooked/denatured rather than corked

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  • Nose tight and flinty. Palate, a bit flinty, dry, with dark wood resin tobacco flavor running to back of tongue. Very little fruit, just a touch of swampy sweetness on finish. Mature. Slight turned wood pulp wet paper bag note, comes out more and more with airtime.

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  • I got an incredible deal on a bunch of this stuff and have been drinking it with immense pleasure as I wait for my "serious" CNP to come around. I actually think that I will get more from this than many of the wines I'm waiting for. This is a middle-weight with a wonderful streak of acidity running down the middle that makes it fantastic food wine. It is losing its fruit now and I don't intend to hang on to this for more than a year or two more. Serious nose of garrigue, plums, very little funk thankfully, some bramble. A nice raspberry and strawberry granache mid-palate finishing with herbs and nice ripe acidity. The mid-palate is fading fast but still very nice to open for those friends who aren't wine geeks but deserve something a little out of the ordinary. You know what I'm talking about.

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  • Pulled from KN's basement. A port like nose, lightweight on the palate with a somewhat short dry finish. Would have gone well with a hearty stew. Fair.

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  • Not giving much tonight. No sweetness left in grenache, at least to my taste

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  • (I just discovered the note for this wine, one of over a case consumed on vacation at Manzanita Beach in August of 2006.) Surprisingly lively and well-mannered, this bottle has a soft plum and anise voluptuousness that is nicely balanced by acid. The finish is modest, but the wine is clean, the fruit is fresh, and the concentration is admirable for the vintage, but especially for the bottle's pedigree. It has aged well to date, but this is an ideal time to finish it off.

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  • Powerful, concentrated nose of cassis, cherries, progressively going towards almonds and some banyard notes, but still retaining a lot of finesse on the palate with integrated tannins. Sound structure means it should be showing great in a few years, although it's already very good and enjoyable right now.

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