Really a tremendous value. The annual production for this wine is four million bottles. To make that much wine and be so consistent and of such quality is an amazing thing. This is certainly a wine where vintage does matter and 2015 is a very good vintage. For around $15 or less, it is hard to find a better red wine. Purple in color. The nose is nice with black cherries, some black olive and a bit of black pepper. On the palate, this has nice black raspberry and black cherry fruit. Some depth. Medium bodied. Good acidity. Works well with food. I would drink these right away. Th
Purple/ruby in color. The nose has cherries, sandalwood and slight cherry juice. On the palate, light tannins. Cherry juice. Some depth. Nice fruit. Not a lot of acidity. Works better with food.
Light golden in color. Nice mousse with lots of tiny bubbles. Ginger and toast on the nose. Smooth, deep and complex on the palate. Ginger and minerals. Slight citrus. Nice finish.
2005 Domaine Monpertuis (Paul Jeune) Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Tradition, France, Rhone, Wine Review
Purple in color. The nose is clean with dusty cherries and garrique. On the palate, this has silky tannins. Layered complexity of cherries, spice and earth. With air some dark cherry fruit. Nice finish. This is at peak now and should be drunk in the next five to seven years. Outstanding right now.
Ruby in color. The nose has a lot of barnyard. Also some cherries and a bit of green pepper and tobacco. On the palate, this has nice cherry fruit. Nice depth and complexity. Slight tannins. Nice finish. I would think this has some time, but look for well stored bottles.
Golden in color. The nose has orange peel and honey. Just gorgeous. On the palate, this is amazing. The orange peel carries thru along with some orange and apricot. Great acidity that cuts thru the sweetness. It is sweet, just right. Complex and deep. Long, long finish. Drinking quite well right now, but no hurry. Just a lovely wine.
Lots to say about this wine, but first, why it was opened. My friend Chris is about to retire. Way back in 1986 or so, Chris was convinced to spend $30 for a 375ml bottle of this wine. Since that time, he has waited for the right special occasion to open the bottle. Luckily for me (since I din't meet Chris until around 2010), this bottle is known to maturing at a glacial pace. He has moved all around the world waiting for the right time and place. My wife and I had dinner at Chris's home before he leaves town and goes to spend his retirement in Cape Cod. Chris opened the wine. What
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.
From Natacha Chave, a new producer for me. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has black raspberries and saline along with some black olives and spice. On the palate, this has black raspberries showing as a bit of a cough drop. Nice finish. Overall, not the most complex but tasty and drinking quite well.
What a treat to drink a wine at age 20 that is still young but yet gorgeous. Ruby in color. The nose has black raspberries, a bit of fireworks, and a nice tarragon note. complex on the nose and palate. On the palate, black raspberries layered with rocks and minerals. Opens beautifully in the glass. Long finish. This has a couple of decades of life left and indeed is still at least 5 years from peak based on this bottle. Bought on release and cellared in my cellar. Gorgeous wine.