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1998 Domaine de la Charbonnière "Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1202658 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Proprietor Michel Maret’s 1998 Vieilles Vignes displays oodles of violets, truffle, forest floor, kirsch and raspberries in a medium to full-bodied, heady, dense style. The tannins are resolved and the wine savory, fleshy, and oh, so pure and hedonistic. This is a very satisfying Chateauneuf du Pape that has reached full maturity, where it should stay for at least 5-8 more years. (RP)  (6/2010)

91-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright deep ruby-red. Extremely fresh, rather Burgundian red and black fruit aromas complicated by floral and smoky elements. Opulent and seamless in the mouth, with compellingly vibrant red fruit and spice flavors. At once creamy and precise. As in the above samples, the tooth-coating tannins are substantial, but here they are quite fine. Very long, vibrant finish. My style of Chateauneuf. (ST)  (1/2000)

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Rhone Blends



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- 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