2005 Domaine de Villeneuve "Vieilles Vignes" Chateaunuef-du'Pape

SKU #1051750

93 points Wine Spectator: "Dense and chewy, with a tannic spine that holds sway over the black currant, fig and loganberry notes for now. Additional hints of charcoal, graphite and espresso frame the finish, but this will need time to fully integrate. Best from 2011 through 2030."-(4/30/08). 91+ points Robert Parker: "Surprisingly for this tannic, structured vintage, the 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes comes across as charming, with moderate but sweet tannin, good acidity, and plenty of sexy black currant and cherry fruit intermixed with hints of roasted herbs, loamy soil, and pepper. Ripe, medium to full-bodied, and more structured than the 2006, it should be at its finest between 2009 and 2020."-(10/07). 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Ruby-red. Compelling bouquet of red berries, Asian spices and garrigue Plump and velvety, offering deep, sweet raspberry and cherry flavors and a deeper tapenade quality on the close. Flat-out delicious, with the balance to reward cellaring. But it would be no crime to drink this now."-(Jan/Feb 2008).

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Rhone Blends



- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- 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.
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Chateauneuf du Pape