Deep ruby. An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes blackberry and cherry preserves, candied flowers, licorice and incense, with a bright mineral overtone. Stains the palate with sappy, spice-tinged dark berry and fruitcake flavors that are deepened by a suggestion of fruitcake. At once ripe and lively, finishing with superb energy and length and supple, building tannins. This is surprisingly graceful for a 2007 Chateauneuf, especially at this stage when most of them have gone to sleep or at least are in a sullen mood.
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: January/February 2014
Wine Advocate | Rating: 97
We finished the tasting with the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve des Celestins, which had been recently bottled. It's a classic 2007 that has overflowing kirsch, sweet black cherry, garrigue, incense and ground pepper aromas and flavors. Sexy, supple and hedonistic, it's one mouthful of a Chateauneuf that has no shortage of sweet fruit, texture or length. And given this showing, there's certainly no harm in drinking this in its youth either.