2004 Domaine La Roquète Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Previously $30)

SKU #1063317

91 points Wine Spectator: "High-toned at first, with cherry and floral aromas. Yet quickly shows more density, with layers of black currant and graphite and taut, sinewy tannins that drive the finish. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2017. 7,500 cases made." (05/07) This estate belongs to the Brunier family who have worked the property for four generations. The vines are a minimum of 45 years old and the wine is composed of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre, and it is bottled unfined and unfiltered. 14.5% abv.

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Price: $34.99

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By: Jacques Moreira |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/20/2010  | Send Email
This will probably be the last "best buy" of 2010! This wine is ready to be drunk, full of ripe and very dark fruit, fig confit, cherry, graphite and a touch of bacon fat. Great introduction into the Chateuneuf world!

By: Keith Mabry |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/19/2010  | Send Email
This is one of those situations that seems too good to be true. The supplier is parting company with this producer and they are liquidating the wine at a much more substantial discount. Also, 2004 is one of those vintages in the southern Rhone that is often overlooked since it was sandwiched between the highly touted 2003 and 2005 vintages. What a pleasure this vintage has turned into for drinking now. Not hedonistic but classic. And that is everything that the Roquete is. It is made by the family behind Vieux Telegraphe (one of my favorite producers) and is the epitome of Rhone. It has gorgeous spice, dark fruit, candied fig and a supple open mid-palate. The wine is beautifully balanced and should pair with the most savory of holiday dishes. Herb roasted turkey, garlic mashed potatoes, rib roast with rosemary and au jus or any leftovers that find their way into the fridge and back out on the table the next day.

 By: Charles Salmon |  Review Date: 5/2/2011 
excellent

 By: Blake Yarger |  Review Date: 4/23/2011 
I have enjoyed the Brunier's other wines from CndP and Gigondas, so I was of course going to try this bargain. Loved it. Garnet, with nice clarity. Aromas of flowers, cherries, slight menthol. Agile and complex through a long and delightful finish. Medium body.

 By: Brent Sprenkle |  Review Date: 3/27/2011 
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Had this on a ski trip to Aspen last weekend. It was a knock out. I still can't believe the price and I bought more of it. Drinking incredible now. Silky smooth and an old-school chateaueuf with a decent amount of fruit but excellent structure. An excellent buy.

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 (%): 14.5