Wine Advocate | Rating: 98One of the wines of the vintage is the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape from Philippe Bravey, and I've drunk more than a case of this wine and have consistently rated it at the upper end of the spectrum (however, some bottles suffer from too much volatile acidity). Big, full-bodied, layered and unctuous, it has a huge nose of garrigue, black fruits, saddle leather and licorice. I absolutely love this wine and would happily drink bottles over the coming decade.Drink Dates: 2010-2027Author: Jeb Dunnuck
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94($95) Bright ruby. Expressive aromas of raspberry, cherry, blood orange and dried flowers, with an undertone of zesty spices. Very fresh and incisive red fruit flavors are complemented by sweet lavender and rose pastille, and pick up a peppery nuance with air. Impressively balanced, pure wine with a strong finishing jolt of red berry skin. I underestimated this wine from barrel. (Weygandt-Metzler Importing, Unionville PAAuthor: Josh RaynoldsIssue: January/February 2010
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17Grenache Noir of 40-100 years old makes up 95% of this blend. No oak.Very dark and intriguing-looking. Meaty with treacle and real density and intrigue. Sweet and silky. Masses of alcohol!!! Not for the faint hearted.Drink Dates: 2012-2016Author: Jancis Robinson
Wine Advocate | Rating: 96Possibly Bravay's finest effort to date, the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape boasts an inky/blue/purple hue as well as an extraordinary perfume of graphite, incense, charcoal, roasted meats, Provencal herbs, pepper, and copious quantities of blue and black fruits. Full-bodied, extraordinarily pure, and already revealing remarkable complexity, focus, and balance, this is a stellar Chateauneuf du Pape that will require 2-3 years of bottle age.Drink Dates: 2010-2030Author: Robert Parker
Wine Spectator | Rating: 94This is seriously dark, with bittersweet chocolate, braised beef, fig, tar and ground espresso notes leading the charge, while dark plum and currant fruit wait in the background. Cuts a broad swath on the muscular finish. Very backward, with a ways to go, this has harnessed more grip than most in this vintage.Drink Dates: 2010-2030Author: James Molesworth
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.
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