The noble, elegant, complex 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee des Felix boasts a deeply pigmented ruby/purple color as well as a classy perfume of graphite, crushed stones, blueberries, acacia flowers, and plums. The outstanding aromas are followed by a wine with vigorous richness, excellent elegance, tremendous precision, and significant flavor authority allied with both power and finesse. This beauty is one of the appellation's most distinctive offerings. Patience, however, is required.
Author: Robert Parker
Wine Spectator | Rating: 96
Thick and muscular, with lots of aromatic dark currant, grilled chestnut, roasted game, coffee, brick dust and loam flavors that course through the densely structured finish. Traditional sauvage flavors with modern fruit and concentration--a great combination.
What others have called barnyard I think is more like a cream soda that's enveloping cassis, blackberry and garrigue. The classic CdP flavors are all there, and this had plenty on the nose and showed no signs of slowing down. Maybe still 5 more years? A very good CdP with lots of complexity and flavor.