Absolutely prodigious, and unquestionably one of the vintage's most illustrious wines, is the modern-styled 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape La Reserve Secrete. A blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah, aged 75% in small oak casks and 25% in tank, an awesome nose of creme de cassis, graphite, kirsch, licorice, and vanilla soars from the glass of this saturated ruby/purple-colored wine. With extravagant richness, a sumptuous texture, and tremendous opulence as well as purity, this stunning, modern-styled Chateauneuf du Pape retains the soul and typicity of Provence as well as Chateauneuf du Pape. One of the vintage's greatest wines, it is a brilliant achievement.
Drink Dates: 2008-2020
Author: Robert Parker
Wine Spectator | Rating: 92
Big, bold, rich, ripe but not over the top. This is just well-made and impressive from start to finish. So sweet, with dark chocolate, blackberries, mineral, leather, smoke and much else. Seductive finish. Tempting now, but will hold for years.