International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 106
($29; 85% grenache) Red-ruby, a bit less saturated than the Gigondas. Highly nuanced, liqueur-like nose combines roasted red and blue fruits, spices and coffee. Rich, fat and seamless, with near-exotic ripeness. With even more buffering extract, this seems less alcoholic than the Gigondas, despite being a half-degree higher, at 14.9%. Horizontal tannins really spread out over the palate. Philippe Guigal compared this wine in style to the house's 1990.
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Tasted On: 11/28/2010
Thrilling bouquet of red berries and slight leather. Tasted Earthy leathers, black berry, black peppers, smoke and very little tannins. Long finish of light smoke and dark berries.
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/24/2010
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 03/07/2010
Tasted On: 12/28/2009
Drink Dates: 2007
Trust Rating: 83
Tasted On: 10/17/2009
Drink Dates: 2009-2015
Even better than the 1999, is the 2000 Chateauneuf du Pape. It reveals a deeper ruby/purple color along with sumptuous scents of creme de cassis, kirsch liqueur, licorice, and Provencal herbs. Boasting abundant glycerin, fuller body, additional black fruit characteristics, low acidity, ripe tannin, and a longer finish, it should be silky and accessible upon release. Anticipated maturity: now-2015.
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