2009 Domaine Grand Veneur Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes, France, Rhone, Wine Review

Purple, ruby at the rim.  The nose has cherries, black cherries, anise, spice and slight floral notes.  Full bodied.  Excellent balance.  Cherries, dark cherries, spice and slight earthiness on the palate.  Drinking quite fresh.  Good energy.  Opens up with air.  Pretty close to peak but should stay there for 8 years at least.  It will gain in complexity but lose some of the freshness.  More fruit forward in style for CdP.  Great wine.  

2007 Roger Sabon Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Prestige, France, Rhone, Wine Review

Ruby/purple in color.  The nose has black cherries, spice, black raspberries, violets and bacon.  On the palate, this is mature and complex.  Layered, it unwinds in the glass.  Black cherry fruit, black raspberries, some earthiness and spice.  Nice texture.  Wispy tannins.  Good balance.  Long finish.  No hurry, but I don't think it improves from here.  

2007 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Ruby in color, purple at the core.  The nose has cherries, slight mushrooms and slight pine needles.  On the palate, plenty of cherry fruit.  Depth and complexity as it unwinds in the glass.  Perhaps a bit more advanced than expected (more for the producer than the vintage) but drinking very well right now.  I would drink in the next 3 to 5 years though.