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Community Tasting Notes (20) Avg Score: 91.6 points

  • Nice robust pinot - like

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  • still plenty of life. tons of garrigue on the nose. fruit still there as well. fun older CDP

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  • Medium garnet color, with a lot of suspended sediment even after standing the bottle up for half an hour. On the nose, it's rich and mysterious and seductive, with ripe dark fruit aromas of blackberry and black cherry and plum mingling with savory and earthy notes of mushroom, leather, smoke, and charred meat. There's also a hit of savory, peppery, exotic spice. The impression of slowly smoked red meat with a complex spice rub. Really mouth-watering. There's also something else that's hard to pin down, but is providing the "mysterious" aspect. It's a bit musty and weathered, but in a good way. Like a historic library filled with old leather-bound books. Whatever it is, I love it.

    On the palate—wow. The intensity is off the charts. Just pummels you with flavor. The first thing that jumps out at me is dark chocolate and cocoa powder, and then a rich fruit reduction of cherry and dark berries. The smokiness and meatiness come through as well, delivering a big dose of savory chew and umami. The texture is great, as the tannins have melted into a still significant yet silky structure that gives everything a backbone. And then the finish dries everything out and leaves me with tannic grip, espresso, and a dash of cherry, which all lasts.

    Really outstanding stuff at this point in its life, and it has really developed in the seven years since I had my last bottle. Lots more complexity, much more knitted together, and the alcohol now seems much better integrated. A big, bold, intense, but also very sophisticated wine. Bravo.

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  • 1st of 2, and definitely showing a bit cooked, unfortunately, but not entirely unenjoyable as a whole. Some nice aromatics here actually, with dark fruits on the dry side (prunish), damp earth, licorice, tar, black tea, dried flowers, anise, celery, and lemon—requires a swirl. Medium body and acid, medium (+) finish, with stewed dark fruits, dark chocolate, walnuts, black tea, orange peel, and dry spices. Better drink my other sooner than later.

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  • Last time I had this was almost seven years ago and this has only gotten better. Elegant and balanced with a nose of strawberry and some leather. Palate was similar with strawberries and smoke and pepper. Long finish. This has quite a few years left. Very impressed.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    January/February 2008, IWC Issue #136, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Domaine Olivier Hillaire Chateauneuf du Pape Les Petits Pieds d'Armand) Login and sign up and see review text.

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