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1998 Autard Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee La Cote Ronde Rhone Red WA93 1.5 L 2 $149.00
It often has an abundance of pain grille and smoky, oaky notes in its youth, but that has all been integrated into the wine at age 12. This wine is fully mature, displaying beautiful, sweet notes of black currants, kirsch, lavender, Provencal herbs, and a subtle hint of graphite. It is full-bodied, opulent, and ideal for drinking over the next 4-5 years, as it is not going to get any better. I believe this was the debut vintage for this wine, which is a modern Chateauneuf du Pape with some part of the cuvee aged in small new oak. RP
2005 Autard Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee La Cote Ronde Rhone Red WA94 1.5 L 2 $159.00
The 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee La Cote Ronde is undeniably the best wine Autard has made since the 1998 rendition of this cuvee. This got a big ?Wow!? when I smelled it. A stunning nose of black truffles, melted licorice, blackberries, and sweet cherries is followed by a multi-dimensional, multi-layered, full-bodied wine with tremendous power, richness, and a hint of barrique. One could say this is modern, but the Provencal personality jumps from the glass of this meaty, dense wine. Give it 2-3 years of bottle age and drink it over the following 15+ years. At times proprietor Paul Autard has clearly moved into the modern school of Chateauneuf du Pape with the use of barriques, still very much a minority school, but like so many who have experimented with new oak for the Syrah or Mourvedre components, there seems to be a gradual shifting back from the percentage of new oak to larger barrel formats such as demi-muids, etc. I felt this was Paul Autard?s strongest lineup of wines since his 1998s. RP
2004 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape Rhone Red WS96 750 ml 1 $99.00
Thoroughly primal, with a torrent of raspberry and boysenberry fruit rushing forth. Only shows hints of its full range, with licorice, incense, graphite and mocha flavors fluttering in the background. Has an iron-clad structure, with a long finish that shows great cut and grip. Best from 2009 through 2025. 14,165 cases made.
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2006 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape Rhone Red RP95 750 ml 2 $149.00
2010 Bernard Burgard Cote-Rotie Rhone Red 750 ml 2 $55.00
2000 Chapoutier Ermitage le Pavillon Rhone Red RP98 750 ml 3 $225.00
Year in and year out, one of the three greatest Hermitages made is Chapoutier?s Le Pavillon. The black/blue-colored 2000 Ermitage Le Pavillon is brilliant out of bottle. Notes of graphite, ink, licorice, creme de cassis, and minerals jump from the glass of this syrup of Hermitage. Full-bodied, unctuously-textured, gorgeously rich, spectacularly concentrated and long, it is a tour de force in winemaking. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2040.
2005 Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape Rhone Red WS98 750 ml 3 $199.00
WINE OF THE YEAR 2007 by WINE SPECTATOR This is really tight now, but it's packed with dark fig, currant, espresso, licorice and chocolate notes. Superfleshy but seriously structured, there's layer after layer of sweet spice, fruit and minerality pumping through the finish, with lots of latent depth and power. Far more backward than the 2003 and 2004 on release, but considering this typically puts on weight as it ages, it should be a monster--à la the 1990--when it reaches its peak. Best from 2009 through 2030. 7,500 cases made. –JM
2015 Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape Rhone Red WS98 750 ml 6 $149.00
This offers a drop-dead gorgeous core of cassis and raspberry pâte de fruit flavors that hold center stage but still allow notes of Lapsang souchong tea, anise, incense and shiso leaf to chime in. Very long, with a sublime feel through the mineral-tinged finish. So seductive already, but this should cruise in the cellar. Drink now through 2040. 6,000 cases made. ?JM
2012 Clos Saint Jean Sanctus Sanctorum Chateauneuf du Pape Rhone Red RP99 1.5 L 1 $645.00
The 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Sanctus Sanctorum is a singular wine and comes from a small plot of ancient Grenache vines that are located on the famed La Crau lieu-dit, on the eastern edge of the appellation, near Vieux Télégraphe. It offers an insane bouquet of cassis, kirsch and black raspberry intermixed with sweet licorice, toasted spice and ground pepper that's to die for. This is followed by a massive, full-bodied, seamless wine that has building tannin, no hard edges and a finish that won't quit. The only problem here is that it's almost impossible to get your hands on a bottle (there are roughly 200 magnums to go around). It's certainly in the same ballpark as the 2009 and 2010, and will have two decades of longevity, although it should be firing on all cylinders in 5-6 years.
2006 Clos Saint-Jean Chateauneuf du Pape Rhone Red 750 ml 4 $59.00
2010 Cristia Chateaunneuf du Pape Tradition Rhone Red 750 ml 10 $35.00
2009 Delas Freres Cornas Chante Perdrix Rhone Red WA93+ RP 750 ml 10 $59.00
The 2009 Cornas Chante Perdrix is all of that, but slightly softer because of the style of the vintage. It is hard to say that any Cornas can be opulent because the tannins are often off the charts, but this 2009 has a voluptuous opening on the palate before the tannins begin to ratchet up. Inky/purple-hued, layered and full-bodied, it offers notes of smoked meats, duck, Chinese black tea, blackberries and licorice. It is an enormously inky, thick wine that needs to be forgotten for 5-6 years and drunk over the following 20-25 years. RP
2010 Delas Freres Cornas Chante Perdrix Rhone Red WA90+ RP 750 ml 5 $75.00
The 2010 Cornas Chante Perdrix is surprisingly tasty and evolved. I expected it to be totally shut down, but it reveals a dense purple color, supple tannins and a bouquet of blood sausage, Provencal herbs, pepper, smoke and hot rocks. It is a distinctive, classic Cornas that is surprisingly accessible for a wine from this appellation at such a young age. It should drink well for 15+ years. RP
1999 Delas Freres Hermitage les Bessards Rhone Red RP98 750 ml 2 $170.00
I was blown away by the 1999 Hermitage les Bessards, and I seriously considered adding another point or two to the score. One of the most complex, classic and multidimensional in the lineup, it offers lots of crushed rock-like minerality, smoked black fruits, spice and licorice aromas and flavors. These give way to a full-bodied, deeply concentrated, layered and perfectly balanced wine that had me wishing it was the end of the day so I could drink the whole glass. It's a gorgeous wine to enjoy anytime over the coming 15-20 years.
2007 Domaine de Ferrand Chateauneuf du Pape Rhone Red RP98+ 750 ml 1 $189.00
An amazing effort, the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape eclipses what I wrote about it last year. Every time I went back to it, the wine revealed more nuances as well as greater depth. Full-bodied and powerful, it exhibits a compelling bouquet of creme de cassis, ground pepper, incense, seaweed, garrigue, and licorice. The knock-out aromatics are followed by a wine with colossal richness, a multilayered texture, no sense of heaviness, an incredibly deep, penetrating palate feel, and a finish that goes on for 50+ seconds. Philippe Bravay is one of the most modest and serious Chateauneuf du Pape vignerons, and it is a thrill to see him hit a home run in this vintage. For statisticians, it is made from 80- to 85+-year-old vines from two of the great sectors of Chateauneuf du Pape, La Gardiole and Cabrieres. It is composed of 90% Grenache and the rest Syrah, Mourvedre, and Cinsault. Moreover, it is the quintessential traditional Chateauneuf du Pape aged 12-14 months in tank before being bottled without filtration. The dense purple-colored 2007 will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age, and last for 20-25 years. Bravo!
2005 DOMAINE DE LA CHARBONNIERE Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Vieilles Vignes Rhone Red WS94 1.5 L 1 $189.00
Plush, with velvety tannins that carry raspberry ganache, red licorice, molten chocolate and mulled spice notes. Nice hints of sandalwood, black tea and graphite fill out the finish, which just sails on. The velvety quality makes this accessible now, but try to wait. Drink now through 2030. 1,000 cases made. –JM
2003 Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Vieilles Vignes Rhone Red RP97+ 750 ml 1 $199.00
One of the vintage’s most compelling wines, the huge, dense purple-colored 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Vieilles Vignes offers aromas of creme de cassis, creosote, and flowers along with immense concentration, body, and tannin. The finish is reminiscent of a first-growth Bordeaux, meaning it is well-delineated and tannic. Cellar it for 4-5 years and consume it over the following two decades.
2005 Guigal Cote Rotie la Turque Rhone Red RP100 750 ml 3 $498.00
Once again the 2005 Cote Rotie La Turque is a mesmerizing wine. Its extraordinary perfume of camphor, black truffles, bacon fat, spring flowers, blackberries, and cherries is followed by a dense, full-bodied, pure, multilayered wine of superb balance and impeccable harmony. This profound, amazing 2005 should be forgotten for 4-5 years, and drunk over the next three decades.
2000 Guigal Hermitage Rhone Red WS97 750 ml 1 $129.00
Ultrarich and ultrathick. A full-bodied, stunningly sweet-tasting Northern Rhône, it delivers a ripe mouthfeel and plenty of fruit, mineral and toasty, smoky character. Long, balanced finish. Great Hermitage red from Guigal. Drink now through 2012. 4,580 cases made. –PM
2003 Guigal Hermitage Ex Voto Rhone Red RP100 750 ml 8 $489.00
The good news continues as the 2003 Hermitage Ex-Voto may even be the richest of all these wines. Only 4,000 bottles were produced from Guigal?s favorite parcels of Hermitage, Les Bessards, l?Hermite, Les Greffieux, and Les Murets. It is the most alcoholic of all the wines at 15%, but its off-the-chart richness, full-bodied, powerful, and amazing creme de cassis flavors along with truffle, crushed rocks, and acacia flowers, are utterly profound. This is one of the great Hermitages and it should last for 50-100 years.
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