Deep dark red in color with aromas of spices and mature red fruits. The wine has round tannins with powerful complexity. A rich unctuous wine with notes of mature plums, hazelnuts and red fruits. Very rich, full of harmony and balance.
Fruit: black, jammy stone fruit. Blueberry Vegetable: green pepper opened up to black pepper Spice: a bit of black pepper hits your throat Earth: truffle, musty cellar dirt Meat: bacon?, sweat Choc/cof/tea: Cocoa nib, earl gray tea Other: leather Body: medium Balance: a bit hot, pushing a bit out of balance Structure: elegant, delicate Finish: like a long whisper
Really a very nice wine. Outstanding for the relatively low price point of a chateauneuf. Great with stews or roasts. Gorgeous garnet color. Bright red fruit on the nose. Bright cherries with lingering spice on the palate. Extra long finish. Roadted meat?
Clean and wonderful tannins. The wine had a smooth taste on the tounge but fills your mouth with flavors of blueberries and coffee, and a hint of pistachios.
International Wine Cellar(1999 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 100, January/February 2002 ($27; bottled two weeks before my visit) Red-ruby. Aromas of pruneau, licorice and spicecake, with a suggestion of caramel. Sweet and supple; voluminous and aromatic. But less complex in the middle palate than the Gigondas. Finishes with substantial, slightly tarry tannins that seem a tad dry after the bottling.
Wine Advocate(1999 Vintage) Rating: (92-95) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 133 on Feb-01
Robert Parker(1999 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 145
Wine Spectator(1999 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 12/15/03
Robert Parker(2005 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 10/01/2008