Certainly gaining some more flesh with its fruit, the last year has been generous. There’s still great energy and vivacious texture here, fresh and full of Gigondas minerality. Ripe black berry and cherry fruit, blood orange, baked rocks, garrigue, loads of lavender, a nice reduction bringing about undertones of iron and meat. — 5 days ago
The nose shows syrah usual traits : pepper, blackberry, there is even a bit of bacon in there! Definitely northern Rhone red. The palate is well balanced, there is a good acid drive in there, there is a bright fruit, some width, some matter, a good mouthfeel, lively tannins with a drying effect in mid palate and a long finish with fruit and pepper and that drying effect for quite a long time. I have been missing that wine for as long as we moved to Poland. I used to buy it from the grocery store downstairs back in Paris for 8 euro. I was so psyched to find it in the Wine shop downstairs here in Warsaw! As always, this is a solid CDR. — 2 days ago
Honeysuckle, Apricot and a musky note on the nose. On the palate initially a sweet mandarin fleshy note with apricot. With time a plethora of fruits - tropical, stone fruit and citrus even ripe banana. There is a saline streak in the overall minerality. Medium minus acid. Medium plus to profound intensity. This wine has it all. Look up the word delicious in the Dictionary and you will see a photo of this CdP Blanc from Beaucastel!! A blend of 80% Roussanne; 15% Grenache Blanc and 5 % of a few other varieties including Clairette. Lucky to have 1 more bottle. — 9 days ago
I opened this as part of a virtual Clos de Papes tasting with the WNH. Other vintages opened were 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2015.
After a two hour decant, this was still quite thin. Hour three it opened and finally in hour four it blossomed. Aromatically this was full of kirsch, licorice, herbs de Provence and a soft spicy red fruit profile. On the palate, the dominant note is very much black peppercorn crusted rhubarb. Crunchy and tart red and black fruit profile with a slightly sweet and lengthy finish. There was a distinct cherry liqueur and fig note with high acidity. Good lift here. Definitely zero funk. With this needing a couple hours to open, I’d say this is just now entering a prime drinking window with a lengthy window ahead. — 4 days ago
This wine is deep ruby with intensely concentrated black fruit (blackberry, plum, cassis) aromas and flavors, along with black pepper, licorice, nutmeg, cedar, clove, wet earth, mushroom, and leather notes. Lovely complement to the Boeuf Bourguignon with strong acidity and tannins, high alcohol, and full body.
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Les Olivets, Roger Sabin, S.Rhône, France. Vintage 2016. ABV 15%. — 2 days ago
Decanted for a two hours before we got into this bottle and then consumed over the following three hours. This is one of the more unique producers from Chateauneuf du Pape as they are known to have the most prized and oldest Mourvèdre in the region. Initially, this had the funkiest aroma, almost that of a high school locker room. Thankfully, that blew off after about five minutes. What remained was a powerful, concentrated wine with a bouquet of red and blue fruits with garrigue and exotic spices. On the palate, red cherries and baked blueberries and an unmistakable kiss of black pepper. Very good acid and sneaky tannins; characteristic of the vintage. And while the 15% abv is kept fairly well in check, it does have a touch of heat on the finish. Fun to try one now but I expect this to show better after 2025. — 2 days ago
Color of light purple, mixed with copper and ruby notes. Just a tiny bit cloudy. Nose of high quality Pinot noir like berry note, a bit wet mushroom, green grapes, and more fresh berries note, with a bit hint of alcohol strength. Taste again follows the high quality Pinot noir notes with addition of soft tannins, some spice, coke cola, and a tiny bit of mineral. Aftertaste of some more grapefruit, medium long. Clean and pleasant. I will totally mistaken her as Pinot Noir. — 6 days ago