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Silky and rich without being at all overt. Broad and mouthfilling, but very elegant on the palate, with a freshly-crushed raspberry character and an abundance of beautifully-integrated tannins. A complete delight and easily one of the strongest village Châteauneufs of the vintage.
This has a highly perfumed nose of lavender, raspberry and red cherry. The palate is primary and intense, with notes of herbs and black fruit. It is the balance of fruit, structure and the fine-grained, polished nature of the tannins that is so impressive at this stage. The finish is very long and refreshing. Marc Perrin raved about his Grenache, which - along with Mourvèdre - was the star of the vintage.
Fragrant on the nose, with notes of red berries and a touch of spice. The palate is attractive, with hedgerow fruit notes balanced by a pleasing freshening acidity and a hint of Mediterranean herb. Rounded and well balanced , this is a great example of the elegance of Châteauneuf-du-Pape in this vintage.
Tasted from a combination of barrels destined to become Cuvée Réservée. Dense brambly fruit, violets and notes of smoked meat greet the nose. Concentrated dark fruit flavours envelope the palate and there is a delightful combination of ripe tannin and balancing freshness. Yet another fabulous offering from the impeccable Laurence Feraud.
From the moment this wine was poured, the air was filled with notes of white and pink flower petals, alongside more complex notes of Black Forest ham, lavendar and a hint of tapenade. Black-berried fruit dominates the palate, which displays an exceptional textural component, as well as purity and depth of the very highest order. There is an effortless style about Mon Aïeul, which is delightfully natural and terroir-focused, almost beyond comparison within the region.
If Mon Aïeul is all about terroir, then Deux Frères is all about the winemaking ability of brothers Thierry and Jean-Pierre Usseglio. The nose, displaying sweet new oak and reminiscent more of Mouton-Rothschild than Châteauneuf du Pape, offers cherry liqueur, cream and spice in abundance. The palate is broad and rich, but is conversely very light of touch, with framboise notes dominating. Fine, fully ripe tannins and lively acidity help to complete this bold and stunningly-proportioned wine.
Produced from very low yielding old vines (90+ yrs) with a good hit of supporting Mouvèrdre. Initially quite restrained on the nose, with gentle aromas of cloves and anise. The palate is concentrated and fresh with crushed raspberry, thyme and a long savoury finish. This is serious, traditionally made Châteauneuf and one of the best wines we tasted in 2009.
Jean-Paul has produced wonderful wines in 2009; picking his fruit relatively early and using traditional techniques he has managed to retain freshness. Lots of Christmas spices and garrigue notes, with a firm and ripe tannic structure, make this a serious and age-worthy wine. These are some of the best value wines around.
Tasted from a selection of barrels representative of the likely final blend. Inky and concentrated in the glass with liquorice and bramble fruit on the nose. Extremely pure on the palate with stunning definition and finesse. A magnificent village Châteauneuf from one of the region's rising stars, Julien Barrot.
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