2007 Domaine Senechaux Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1053708 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The fabulous 2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape (a blend of 64% Grenache, 19% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre, and the rest Cinsault and Vaccarese) boasts a deep plum/ruby/purple color as well as a super expressive perfume that represents the essence of Provence. Fresh bouquet garni, roasted Provencal herbs, licorice, black cherries, and black currant aromas soar from the glass of this full-bodied, incredibly deep, savory wine. Juicy and succulent with terrific acidity, freshness, and length, it is accessible now, and should continue to drink well for 12-15 or more years. Bravo to the Cazes family!This 60+ acre estate was acquired by the Cazes family (proprietors of Château Lynch-Bages in Pauillac) in late 2006. The new owners' first complete vintage was 2007, and it is no coincidence it is the finest wine I have ever tasted from Domaine des Senechaux.  (10/ 2009)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Fresh, pure and well-defined, with a beam of dark currant, fig and boysenberry fruit kept honest by graphite and black tea notes. The seamless finish sails on. Drink now through 2022.  (11/ 2009)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep red with a bright rim. Fresh red berry and spicecake aromas lifted by a floral nuance. Juicy, finely etched raspberry and cherry flavors provide very good palate coverage and are braced by tangy minerality. Gains weight with air and finishes long, with a sweet note of black raspberry.  (2/ 2010)

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By: John Majeski |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/30/2010  | Send Email
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This historic property can trace its origins back to the14th century, having produced vines intermittently for over 700 years before being bought by the Cazes family of Lynch-Bages fame a few years ago. The 2007 vintage in the southern Rhône will go down as one of the finest in decades, suffused with superlatively-ripened fruit, buoyant acidity and expressive tannins. The appealing weight, vibrancy and savory mouthfeel of this full-bodied wine will demand food equal to the task— coq au vin or better yet, Thanksgiving turkey with all the trimmings.

By: Jacques Moreira |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/11/2010  | Send Email
Stunning Châteauneuf! Rich, deep color, and a very perfumed nose of fresh herbs, lavender and dried figs. On the palate, all of that come together with an explosion of flavors that include dark berries and cherries, licorice, currants and figs, but with a definite savory note to it. Incredibly long finish. This is, in my opinion, the very best Châteauneuf we have at this moment in this price range. Picture perfect Provençal wine!

 By: Muksi |  Review Date: 12/25/2010 
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This is a wonderfully juicy full bodied CDP. A smooth wine with lots of cherry and licorice flavors. It can be had with food or just by itself. I should have brought some more.

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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 (%): 14.5