* Eye : Deep dark red.
* Nose : Spices and mature red fruits.
* Palate : Round tannins with powerful complexity. A rich unctuous wine with notes of mature plums, hazelnuts and red fruits.
* Overall : Very rich wine full of harmony and balance.
Wine Spectator 91 points - The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape is not to be dismissed because most of the old vine Grenache component had not been included in the blend when I tasted it. It reveals plenty of black olive, blackberry, and currant fruit, medium to full body, and copious spice as well as depth. Keep in mind that the bulk of the wine will be old vine Grenache, and, as stated above, it had not yet been blended with the lots I tasted. Nevertheless, it still possessed outstanding potential.
Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge is the king of the Southern Rhone. A bold, mouth-filling, Grenache-based red, supplemented by other regional varieties, especially Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan and Mourvedre, it serves as a splendid accompaniment for red meats and cheese. "Aromatic cedar and mesquite notes lead the way, with fleshy steeped plum, red currant and blackberry fruit at the core. Shows nice integration through the finish, where bay, ganache and espresso accents fill in. Drink now through 2024." - Wine Spectator