($100; 16.5% alcohol) Inky purple. Huge, expressive bouquet shows dark berry, floral and fruitcake qualities, along with a smoky mineral note. Lush and creamy, with deep boysenberry and blueberry flavors and velvety tannins. Turns spicier on the back half and finishes with outstanding clarity and juicy persistence. As massive as this is, there's no sense of overripeness or excess weight.
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: January/February 2010
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 13
100% very old Grenache in sandy soils.Almost overripe nose. Very, very sweet. Then it tightens up on the finish. Not sure this is perfectly balanced... This was beginning to re-ferment.
Author: Jancis Robinson
Wine Advocate | Rating: 98
Thick, unctuous and the epitome of hedonism, the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape is easily the most decadent and concentrated Pure produced to date. Possessing tons of sweet kirsch and darker fruits, roasted meats, lavender and truffle, it's massive and backward on the palate, with a full, stacked mid-palate and an almost overflowing amount of fruit that somehow stays lively, weightless and fresh. I found the '05 and '10 to have a tad more vibrancy at this tasting, but certainly, this is one of the most profound Grenaches I've tasted. A word of warning, this cuvee has known Issues of having some bottles referment, so proceed with caution.
Drink Dates: 2016-2027
Author: Jeb Dunnuck
Wine Spectator | Rating: 96
This teeters on overripe, with extremely lush plum sauce, crushed fig and macerated cherry fruit, but the silky tannins and notes of incense and graphite provide the definition this needs, while the latent depth plays out on the very lengthy finish. Hints of black tea, shiso leaf and melted black licorice chime in at the very end, boding well for future development.