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