Always an enticing, alluring wine, with a plush texture and a sweet mocha note that caresses the red and black plum and blackberry fruit flavors. Shows its typical spice box, sweet licorice, cocoa and chocolate-covered raisin notes without ever losing its minerally spine. A gorgeous, irresistible style that has rounded off now and is ready to drink.--1998 Chƒteauneuf-du-Pape retrospective. 2,200 cases made.
Author: James Molesworth
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94
Bright ruby color. Superripe aromas of blackberry, plum, roast coffee and charred oak. A wine of great sweetness, ripeness and depth; almost too big for the mouth. A step up in concentration and texture from the normale Really explosive fruit currently hides the suave tannins. One of the stars of the '98 vintage. (Clicquot, Inc., New York, NY)
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: January/February 2001
Wine Advocate | Rating: 96
Possibly the greatest vintage ever for this cuvee (we'll see if the 2010 tops it in another decade), the 1998 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee des Cadettes is up with the creme de la creme of the vintage. Still fresh, concentrated and lively, with medium to full-bodied richness and polished tannin, it reveals a vibrant ruby color to go with tons of garrigue, leather, chocolate, cured meats and spice. A blend of 37% Mourvedre, 36% Grenache and the rest Syrah that spent 12 months in small barrels followed by six months in tank, it's an incredible, modern-styled Chateauneuf du Pape that's drinking spectacularly today.
Excellent. Huge Blackberries on the nose. Still a little young but outstanding wine.
Author: Peter B
Self | Rating: 96
Lovely CdP. Excellent fruit and complexity from the blend. This has everything you'd want in a balanced CdP; fruit, aroma, arresting mouthfeel and a gentle but lingering finish. I had a group of cab and pinot drinkers over and won them over to CdP with this bottle. Surprisingly (at least to me) this still tasted a little young. I'm saving at least a few of these for 2018+.
Drink Dates: 2012-2023
Self | Rating: 96
The first of the two more modernly constructed cuvees of the evening showed quite well at age ten. A lavish tapestry of cr?me de cassis, mocha, melted licorice and the essence of kirsch liqueur seduced me immediately through the nose, almost beckoning the taster to sip. In the mouth, the wine is dapper, with suave liqueur like fruit that glides along polished tannins and permeate through to the finish. This is the most suave, deepest Chateau La Nerthe 'Cuvee des Cadettes? that I've yet to experience