2007 Château Vaudieu "Val de Dieu" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Previously $60)
94 points Robert Parker "The stunning, full-bodied 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Val de Dieu offers up a beautiful nose of acacia flowers, blueberries, blackberries, grilled meats, licorice, and cedar. Impressively pure, multilayered, and long (the finish lasts 50+ seconds), this is a killer Chateauneuf du Pape that should age effortlessly for two decades. This estate, nestled just south of Rayas, has a fabulous terroir, but they only recently began exploiting it to its full potential. The traditional Chateauneuf du Pape cuvee is aged 85% in tank and 15% in barrel. The blend is generally 80% Grenache and the rest Syrah and Mourvedre. The luxury cuvee, Val de Dieu, is composed of 62% Grenache, 23% Syrah, and 15% Mourvedre, with 55% aged in tank and the Syrah and Mourvedre components aged in 600 liter demi-muids. These two vintages represent the finest performances of Vaudieu in my thirty years of tasting in Chateauneuf du Pape. (Wine Advocate # 185 October 2009) 15% abv.