2007 Domaine de Vieux Lazaret "Cuvée Exceptionelle" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Perhaps the finest wine I have ever tasted from Jerome Quiot is Vieux Lazaret’s 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Exceptionnelle. This fabulous wine boasts an inky/ruby/purple color as well as a sweet nose of cassis, black raspberry liqueur, spring flowers, and hints of graphite and truffles. It is deep, ripe, full-bodied, rich, and multidimensional with a stunningly long, 45+ second finish. Give it 2-3 years of bottle age, and consume it over the following two decades. This continues to be the top estate in the Jerome Quiot portfolio. These wines are made in a quasi-modern style with gorgeous levels of fruit as well as superb purity, but the taster never doubts this is a Chateauneuf du Pape, not Burgundy or Bordeaux.
Wine & Spirits
A single vat’s worth of wine culled from the cellar’s best lots, this is silky and sophisticated. There’s a wild meatiness to the black raspberry and cherry flavors that contrasts its vanilla gloss, and an herbal acidity that keeps it shapely and firm.
Hugely toasty and oaky, and yet the wine never seems too extreme given the intensity of the cherry fruit. It’s full bodied, lush and supple, with a long, mouthwatering finish. Drink now-2019