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.
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.
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.
Purple in color. The nose is nice enough if a bit under ripe. Cherries, green herbs (tarragon), slight violet notes. On the palate, this is old school CdP. Cherries, dark cherries, slight earthiness. Tight but layered. Medium tannins. Nice finish. Drinking well now and should be good to go for a decade.
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.