International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95($400) Inky ruby. Pungent, strongly perfumed bouquet of ripe dark berries, cherry compote, olive and floral oils. Smooth, palate-coating mulberry and kirsch flavors are complicated by candied lavender and rose qualities that gain power with aeration. The floral element dominates the very long, spicy, strikingly pure finish. This is extremely sexy now but clearly destined for a long life.Author: Josh RaynoldsIssue: January/February 2010
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17Grenache Noir 60%, Syrah 20%, Cinsault 10%, Vaccarese 10%Tarry and rich. Lively and rather floral fruit with excellent balance. Not the most dramatic wine, but there is great balance here. And enormous energy too. I don't see how anyone would be disappointed by this wine. What a lovely drink!Drink Dates: 2011-2019Author: Jancis Robinson
Wine Advocate | Rating: 100On another level, the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Combe des Fous is a monumental bottle of wine that-s hardly budged since I first tasted it on release. Giving up heavenly aromas and flavors of black raspberries, cassis, incense, cured meats and exotic spices, this incredible effort flows onto the palate with a layered, impeccably balanced profile that carries massive concentration, polished tannin and a crazy length. Despite searching for something to be critical of, I came up empty.Author: Jeb Dunnuck
Wine Spectator | Rating: 96This has gorgeous aromas and mouthfeel, with freshly brewed Mocha Java, warm fig and incense notes up front, followed by dark, macerated currant and cherry fruit. The long finish is velvety and suave, with hints of mesquite, loam, licorice snap and sweet earth that just sail on.Drink Dates: 2010-2030Author: James Molesworth
Self | Rating: 17.5|Tarry and rich. Lively and rather floral fruit with excellent balance. Not the most dramatic wine, but there is great balance here. And enormous energy too. I don't see how anyone would be disappointed by this wine. What a lovely drink!| JancisRobinson.com (JR, 12/10/2008)Author: WineJunkie
Self | Rating: 98Stellar juice. Balanced, big, berry, minerals, leather, earth, lingering finish ... Smooth and powerful. This is a fun and evolving wine in the glass. The 2007 and 2005 from this house are just remarkable. Seek this one out! I have a few in the cellar and I'm excited to see how it evolves over the next decade. It's has plenty of heft to go the distance and will likely be better with a few more years under its belt.Drink Dates: 2013-2030Author: DartAdam
While the is known mostly for single-varietal wines from or , the is known for complex blends. , for example, allows up to 13 different varieties in a blend leaving winemakers ample room to experiment. This variation makes it almost impossible to describe a typical Rhône blend. Regardless of style, the common goal of these winemakers is to manage high tannin and alcohol levels in order to produce a balanced wine.
The most widely planted variety, , dominates most Rhône blends and adds concentrated spiced red fruit flavors with cinnamon, raspberry, and tobacco characteristics. and Mourvèdre add color and tannin, with Syrah contributing aromas of blueberry, pepper, and bacon while Mourvèdre adds dense black fruit flavors and gamey and meaty aromas. Cinsault provides red fruit flavor. For the best expression of this complex blend turn to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and classic producers like , , or .
Many New-World wine regions, particularly in and , have adopted this winemaking method. The best examples come from producers , , and .
The complexity and spice-forward flavor profile of Rhône blends pair best with herb-roasted turkey, pork chops, a range of cheeses, or spiced vegetables.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 502 bottles owned
- 89 collectors
- Average collector rating: 93
(Out of 89 collectors)