2007 Tardieu-Laurent Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes

SKU #1053842 96 points Wine Spectator

 This is crammed with a massive core of blueberry compote, braised fig and mulled blackberry and boysenberry fruit flavors, all wound up with graphite tannins and backed by a strong, iron-filled spine. This has serious depth and drive, with gorgeous mocha and espresso aromatics flittering throughout. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Best from 2010 through 2024. (JM)  (1/2009)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is fashioned from old vine Grenache (90%) and the rest Syrah and Mourvedre, the last two components aged in new oak. The fruit comes from parcels on La Crau, Solitude, and Mont-Olivet. The wine exhibits that sweet white chocolate character that Grenache sometimes displays, along with a deep ruby/purple color, super intensity, and plenty of red and black fruit, garrigue, and grilled meat notes. A quintessential example of Provence, drink it over the next 15-20 years. (RP)  (10/2008)

92 points Vinous

 (80% grenache and 10% each of syrah and mourvedre) Inky ruby. Deep, pungent cassis and cherry-cola scents expand with aeration, picking up notes of anise, dried rose and incense. Very spicy and minerally in the mouth, offering sweet raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a late note of black tea. Finishes spicy, focused and impressively persistent. This very young wine will require patience. (JR)  (1/2010)

Jancis Robinson

 Paleish crimson. Rich, sweet and spicy. Masses of alcohol! But round and jewel-bright fruit too. Very flattering. Polished like a jewel. The tannin management here is very clever indeed, even if the result is pretty potent. The overall result is appetising and more sinewy than most Châteauneufs. More obviously drinkable than the Cuvée Spéciale that seems to be much stronger and sweeter.  (10/2010)

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Chateauneuf du Pape