2007 Château Vaudieu "Val de Dieu" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Previously $60)

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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.

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By: Jacques Moreira |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/17/2011  | Send Email
One of the finest Chateauneuf of the vintage. Every time I would take a sip, there would be another layer, another aroma, another fruit. Complexity it's the word here. And it is delicious!

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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 (%): 15