2007 Domaine de la Charbonnière "Cuvée Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
My notes on the dense ruby/purple-colored 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Vieilles Vignes (95% Grenache and 5% Mourvedre from 80-year-old vines) begin with the words 'serious stuff.' Deep, rich, and full-bodied with abundant notes of forest floor, truffles, earth, kirsch, raspberries, and black currants, this powerful, layered, multidimensional, long, ageworthy wine should drink well between 2012-2028. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright red. Expressive raspberry and cherry-scented bouquet is complicated by notes of baking spices and wilted rose. Finely etched red fruit flavors gain depth with air and take a turn to blacker raspberry, with a zesty note of white pepper emerging on the back. Already very tasty but has the balance to age.
A round, fresh style, with mouthwatering floral, red licorice, red cherry and plum notes all wrapped up by nice racy acidity. Pure and driven on the finish, with a lingering hint of roasted apple wood. Best from 2010 through 2024. 750 cases made. (JM)
Grenache Noir 70%, Mourvèdre 30%. Ageing initially in wooden vats but after eight months put into enamelled vats. Interesting claret-like raciness on the nose. Very juicy fruit. Not that much structure but lovely clean refreshing flavours. (JR) 17.5 Points