1998 Chateau de La Gardine "Cuvee Generations" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #991400 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A candidate for one of the most backward wines of the vintage, and still needing probably 8-10 more years of cellaring, the Brunel family tends to make this cuvee to age as well as a top Bordeaux. It is one of the exceptions to the rule in Chateauneuf du Pape. The 1998 has a dark plum/ruby/purple color, with notes of graphite, chocolate, espresso roast, black berry, and cassis. Aromatically, one doesn’t see much Chateauneuf du Pape character, but the oak has been totally absorbed, the wine is full-bodied, and I suspect more and more typicity will evolve as it hits its adolescent state. Forget it for another 3-5 years, as this is a wine capable of lasting 30+ years.  (6/ 2010)

94 points Wine Spectator

 This is ultra everything--ultrablack, ultrathick, ultrasmooth, ultrabig--but it works. With tar, petrol and superextracted black fruit, it tastes velvety and balanced, not at all heavy or new oakish.  (12/ 2000)

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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