2009 Comte Louis de Clermont-Tonnerre (Alain Corcia) "Cuvée Hervé" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Previously $25)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Hervé has a healthy dark ruby/purple tinge like the other cuvees and is a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 20% Mourvedre. This is a more tannic, earthier wine, with autumnal vegetative notes intermixed with pepper, garrigue, black currant and black cherry. This dense wine should have outstanding potential once it gets into the bottle.
The 2009 Cuvée Hervé from negociant Alain Corcia displays the admirable structure and intensity that often characterizes classic wines from Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Vibrant and deep, with bright red cherry notes as well as spicy hints of star anise and cocoa, this 2009 grenache based red possesess more strident tannins than some of the other cuvées in the 2009 Corica lineup. Enjoy now and and over the next 5 years with heartier dishes like a beef stew or a lamb tagine.14% abv.