2007 Alain Corcia "Hervé" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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92+ points Robert Parker: "The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Herve seems to have more tannin than its siblings. Its dense plum/purple color is follwed by notes of creosote, blueberries, black currants, charcoal, lavender, and earth, and prominent silky tannins, good acids, and a sweet, ripe, pure personality. It will benefit from 1-2 years of bottle age, and should drink well for 12-15 years." (10/09) Burgundy wine broker Alain Corcia (and a longtime friend to K&L) has once again ventured into the southern Rhone to purchase wine from longtime contacts that he then sells for a song. Some of the cuvees see up to 30% new oak, however Corcia's overall philosophy is to keep the wood as a background element to the fruit, which is always dominated by grenache (60-70%) along with smaller amounts of syrah and mourvedre. As a direct buy, the rich and gutsy 2007 Hervé represents an outstanding value, as K&L has gone straight to the source, cut out the middleman, and passed the savings directly on to you. 14% abv.

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By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/14/2009  | Send Email
This is the most savory and structured out of the three 2007 cuvees from Corcia and my favorite. Lavender and garrigue on the nose, supported by juicy berry fruit and lots of gamey, smokey, and earthy flavors. I decanted this when I served it last and it opened up beautifully, pairing perfectly with herbed pork chops and roasted root vegetables. I am excited to see how it evolves in bottle. A great value for now and later.

By: Scott Beckerley |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/11/2009  | Send Email
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Alain Corcia has done it again! From the super-fantastic 2007 vintage comes this BARGAIN Chateauneuf-du-Pape that will rock your world.Wonderful raspberry fruit on the nose. Intense red and black fruits with an elegant balance of spice makes this a memorable wine on the palate. Mr. Parker is not wrong in his rating this wine very highly. A beauty to enjoy now (with decanting) but, it will evolve magnificently over the next 8-10 years.
Top Value!

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape

Alcohol Content (%): 14