2007 Domaine de la Côte l'Ange "Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1050851 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 I obviously underestimated the awesome 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes last year when I gave it an estimated rating of (90-93). Its saturated plum/purple color is followed by aromas of incense, spring flowers, blueberries, boysenberries, kirsch, licorice, and smoked meats. Seriously packed and stacked, this full-bodied wine possesses splendid concentration, superb purity, and a finish that lasts nearly a full minute. This is indeed a 'wow' Chateauneuf du Pape that is approachable now (because of the wonderful sweetness of the fruit and aromatic intensity), and should age beautifully for two decades.  (10/2009)

93 points Wine Spectator

 This has it all--the ripe, showy blackberry, boysenberry and fig fruit of the vintage backed by loads of graphite, roasted chestnut, maduro tobacco and hoisin sauce notes. The long, velvety finish lets the dark tobacco note play out.  (10/2009)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby. Smoky aromas of blackberry, mulberry and fruitcake, with a strong mineral undertone. Rich, fleshy dark berry flavors are energized by zesty minerality and peppery spice, with no rough edges showing. Finishes with supple tannins, an alluring floral quality and excellent clarity and persistence.  (2/2010)

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Rhone Blends



- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- 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.
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Chateauneuf du Pape