2009 Domaine Ferrand Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1080564 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A candidate for wine of the vintage, the 2009 Châteauneuf-du-Pape (a tank-aged blend of 90% Grenache and the rest Mourvedre, Syrah and Cinsault from 80+ year old vines) is a naked expression of Châteauneuf-du-Pape that is pure fruit and complexity. Its dense purple color is followed by aromas of melted licorice, charcuterie, Provencal herbs, black currants, roasted meat, plum sauce, seaweed and licorice. It is incredibly complex in both the aromatics and on the palate, full-bodied and super-rich with sweet tannin and low acidity. Enjoy it over the next 15+ years. Philippe Bravay fashions some of the most singular and distinctive wines of Châteauneuf du Pape. Although his Châteauneuf du Papes represent fabulous value for what they are, readers who want an inexpensive introduction to Bravay-s talents should check out his two cuvees of Cotes du Rhone.  (10/2011)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Vivid ruby. Deeply pitched aromas of red and dark berries, cherry and licorice. with slow-building spice and floral character. At once rich and lively, displaying very good clarity to its black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors. Shows a seamless texture and finishes with excellent power, focus and floral-driven persistence. I underestimated this wine last year.  (1/2012)

93 points Wine Spectator

 A lush, velvety style, with warm linzer torte and currant confiture aromas and flavors layered with perfumy toasted spice and fruitcake notes. Anise and cherries jubilee hang through the finish, with a tarry streak as well. Shows lovely mouthfeel and deceptive depth. Drink now through 2022.  (2/2012)

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- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
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Chateauneuf du Pape