2007 Clos du Mont Olivet "La Cuvée du Papet" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape La Cuvee du Papet may will turn out to be their finest example since the 1998 and 1990. Stylistically, it probably comes closest to resembling the legendary 1990. Notes of roasted meats and smoked duck, with Provencal herbs, truffle, incense, licorice, and pepper, are all there, plus enormous quantities of red and black fruits. This is one heck of a complex wine, with a bouquet that is the essence of southern France, in particular Provence. Full-bodied, powerful, with the glycerin and level of richness covering some lofty tannins, this wine is already accessible and nearly impossible to resist, but my instincts suggest it will be absolutely glorious in another 4-5 years and keep for 15-20. (RP)
*Highly Recommended* Remarkably dense, but silky at the same time, with captivating mouthfeel to the layer upon layer of roasted black Mission fig, sandalwood, black tea, macerated currant fruit and plum sauce, all held together by finely beaded acidity. Latent grip shows up at the very end, boding well for long-term cellaring. Best from 2010 through 2030.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby. Exotic, seductively perfumed bouquet of raspberry, mulberry, incense, dried flowers and spicecake. Lush, chewy dark fruit flavors envelop the palate, with juicy acidity adding definition and back-end cut. At once rich and energetic, finishing with excellent thrust and lingering spiciness. Sabon said that he prefers this to his 2005 version now and for the near to mid term. 'The '05 needs to be forgotten for a long, long time,' he told me.