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(1996 Vintage) Medium red. Aromas of leather, smoke, red cherry and gibier. Vinous and moderately ripe, but with sneaky vinosity and nicely delineated flavors. Notes of pepper and leather. Finishes with firm tannins and good freshness and grip. A juicy, food-friendly wine.
Wine Advocate(1996 Vintage) Rating: (88-92) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 113 on Oct-97
Wine Spectator(1996 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 08/31/00
Robert Parker(1996 Vintage)
International Wine Cellar(2001 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 112, January/February 2004 ($40) Deep red. Roasted raspberry, strawberry, pepper, spices and exotic dried herbs on the nose. Suave and lively in the mouth, with red fruit and garrigue flavors framed by ripe acidity. Spicy and perfumed in the mouth, with enticing but restrained sweetness. Finishes very fresh and persistent, with fine-grained tannins. Delicious already.