1998 Château La Nerthe Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #160292 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Produced from 49% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, 22% Syrah, 8% Cinsault, and the remainder miscellaneous varietals, the 1998 Chateauneuf du Pape (25,000 cases) reveals plum, licorice, meat, herb, and pepper characteristics, along with tell-tale black cherry and berry fruit in the aromas and flavors. It also possesses a fat, juicy texture, weight and mass, but sweet tannin, low acidity, and an accessible, fleshy personality. It should drink well for 12-14 years.  (10/2000)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium ruby. Lively aromas of blackberry, violet, licorice and black pepper. Rich but quite primary and fresh; still almost grapey today. But firmly built, intensely flavored and ageworthy. Finishes with a note of bitter chocolate.  (1/2001)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Juicy and forward, this is in prime drinking condition, offering dark, alluring plum, fig, spice and licorice flavors, with a fleshy, modestly structured finish. A tasty way to wait out the big boys from the vintage.  (9/2007)

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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