2007 Château Simian "Les Grandes Grenachieres d'Hippolyte" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1059546 98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 An astonishing effort, the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Grandes Grenachieres comes from a combination of Grenache vines planted in 1880, and younger vines planted in 1948. An incredible sleeper of the vintage to the extent anyone can find any of the 350 or so cases produced, it boasts a dense ruby/purple color in addition to an awesome aromatic display of spring flowers, sweet black raspberries and black cherries, and forest floor. The wine possesses amazing density and richness, yet flows across the palate like a delicate ballerina. This incredibly old vine material has an intensity, substance, and palate penetration that is nearly beyond belief, yet the wine never comes across as heavy. The purity, depth, and 60-second finish are to die for. As the last five words of my tasting note said, 'Where can I find any' This amazing Chateauneuf du Pape should drink well for two decades or more. (RP)  (10/2009)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Glass-staining ruby. An expressive, alluring bouquet of raspberry, rose petal, Asian spices and minerals. Supple, silky and restrained, with seductive sweetness to the red berry and cherry flavors. Spreads out on the back while retaining energy and focus. The long finish features lingering sweetness and subtle notes of flowers and minerals.  (2/2010)

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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

Alcohol Content (%): 16