2004 Domaine Grand Veneur "Les Origines" Châteauneuf du Pape

SKU #1024565 93-95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Inky violet color. Explosive, primary aromas of ripe cherry, plum compote, candied licorice, bitter chocolate and pipe tobacco are heady and utterly captivating. Remarkably dense and concentrated but has firm, fresh acids to brighten its flavors of kirsch, raspberry, candied rose, violet and rhubarb. As supple and velvety as this is, it retains superb focus and energy through the long, sappy finish. Among the most striking 2004s I tasted in November.  (2/2006)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The only red presented, the 2004 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Origines (50% Grenache 30% Mourvedre and 20% Syrah aged half in concrete and half in barrique) possesses a dark ruby color to go with smoky, toasty aromas and flavors of blackberry, licorice and wood spice to go with a medium-bodied, fresh and focused feel on the palate. Classic 2004 with its mid-weight aromas and flavors, yet excellent length and building richness, it should drink nicely through 2019. (JD)  (2/2014)

Jancis Robinson

 Extremely dark and dense. Great sap and lusciousness. Rich intensity -- definite, if slightly oaky, glamour! Neat and extremely carefully made. Very tight and rich with lots of sweetness but more focus than most Châteauneuf-du-Pape . Definitely modernist and the finish fades a little which is why I suggest drinking it reasonably young. Bottling between basic and special. 18/20 points.  (1/2006)

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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