2007 Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Grand Veneur (Pre-Arrival)
90-93 points Robert Parker: "The superb 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape exhibits a deep ruby/purple color followed by notes of cassis, black raspberries, licorice, charcoal, and a hint of camphor. It possesses superb concentration, full-bodied richness, great purity and texture, and a long finish that lasts 35-40 seconds. Drink it over the next 12-15+ years." (10/08) 88-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright purple. Exotically perfumed nose displays scents of fresh blackberry, white pepper, incense and potpourri. Lush and creamy on the palate, with sweet dark berry flavors supported by slow-mounting tannins. The peppery note repeats on the focused, brisk finish." (Jan/Feb '09) ETA Fall of 2009.