2007 Château Paradis "Terre des Anges" Côteaux d'Aix en Provence

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92-95 points Robert Parker: "The 2007 Coteaux d'Aix en Provence Paradis is composed of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Grenache, and its dense purple hue is accompanied by a sumptuous bouquet of sweet new oak, blackberry liqueur, espresso, and a hint of spice box. This wine possesses amazing concentration, full-bodied richness, and a wallop of toasty, smoky wood. It should age effortlessly for 10-15 years." (02/09) K&L readers please take note: On the Robert Parker website, the review above references Tardieu-Laurent as the producer of the 2007 Château Paradis "Terre des Anges." In fact, Michel Laurent (who is more famously known as the owner of Rhône negociant Tardieu-Laurent) is not the producer or owner of Château Paradis. More specifically, Michel Tardieu consults with Château Paradis and their winemaking team in order to help the domaine realize exceptional and terroir driven wines. It appears that Michel's expertise and passion have paid off, given the exceptional quality of wines being produced past several vintages at Château Paradis. Albeit a bit confusing, the 2007 Château Paradis "Terre des Anges" as reviewed above and with the corresponding rating is not a negoc wine like those offered in the Tardieu-Laurent portfolio. Rather, it is a domaine wine that is grown, vinified and bottled at Château Paradis, and is therefore labeled as such. (55% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon) 14.5% abv.

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 By: MartinD of ENOFYLZ Wine Blog |  Review Date: 9/12/2011 
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Blend of Syrah(55%), Grenache(30%), and Cabernet Sauvignon(15%). Deep opaque violet color with black cherry, pepper, licorice and oak aromas. I popped and poured. I recommend decanting. On the palate medium bodied with firm tannins on the back end, nice acidity,and complexity with black cherry, vanilla, and mineral flavors. Medium+ finish. Drinking nicely now...

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 By: Derek |  Review Date: 12/27/2009 
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Completely agree with the previous reviewer; dark, concentrated but somewhat not satisfying; then again i tend not to like big wines ... unless when they are really good!

 By: Gestalted |  Review Date: 9/16/2009 
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Hmmm, well it pours inky dark, the nose is very rich, sweet with touch of smoke, however it falls short on flavor. Not mouthfilling nor savory. Don't get me wrong, it's decent but wish it was more, especially with a nose like this. Also a bit too tannic.

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Provence

- Provence encompasses the southeastern portion of France that borders the Mediterranean. The largest appellation in the region is the Cotes de Provence that spans 49,600 acres of land in and around Marseilles. Thirteen different varietals are grown in this appellation with the most important grapes being Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, and Mouvedre. While much of the production is dry rose, there are many more serious wines being made from the area. Some of the most important smaller appellations within Provence include Bandol, Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence, and Coteaux Varois.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5