More Vintages and Sizes of Gerard Charvin - Chateauneuf du Pape:
International Wine Cellar
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 160
Ruby-red. Highly perfumed bouquet evokes candied red fruits, potpourri and allspice, with notes of licorice and white pepper adding complexity. Shows excellent clarity and power on the palate, offering juicy raspberry and cherry flavors and a sexy touch of candied flowers. The very pure, incisive finish lingers with impressive tenacity.
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Author: Robert Parker
The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape (which tips the scales around 15% natural alcohol) is a great example of traditional Chateauneuf du Pape winemaking. A dense dark ruby color is followed by a sexy nose of raspberries, ground pepper, spice box, damp earth, kirsch and dark currants. Full-bodied, complex, elegant and already irresistible as the tannins have completely melted away, it can be drunk now and over the next 15+ years.
Author: James Molesworth
This is very well-built, with a range of apple wood and toasted
spice notes framing the core of crushed plum, blackberry and cassis.
Dusty structure give a long and grippy feel through the finish,
while a tarry edge emerges on the back end. More oomph than
usual for this estate, but it's all inlaid with fresh acidity and minerality
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 08/17/2012
Drink Dates: 2015-2022
Young but very promising. Reminds me of the 2003, which my favorite charvin of the last decade. Floral and complex nose, rich and punchy flavors but light body. Quite compelling and tasty. Tester bottle. I've now bought a bit more and will give them five plus years.
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