Posts Tagged ‘Châteauneuf-du-Pape’

Part of our gift package after my team one first prize at the Défi de Bacchus 2009 wine tasting competition in Lyon, France. Figured it was time to crack open the bottle. So cheers to the ONE-FOUR!

Château Mont-Redon Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2005
Tasting Notes: Ruby red in the glass. Predominantly grenache and syrah, with some mourvedre, Abeille-Fabre vineyard, 14.5% vol. Bright, fresh berries on the nose, accompanied by a subtle spice. Overall a fairly tight nose, lacking some expression. Fruit-forward flavors of black cherry and brambleberry, immediately followed by dark chocolate. This wine is full-bodied with balanced tannins and a juicy acidity. The finish is slightly bitter but would be balanced out nicely with a hearty meal.
Rating: 14/20 (87/100)
Price: US$44 @ Gift from Défi de Bacchus 2009 and the Sup’ de Coteaux wine club


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2009 Cuvée du Vatican Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Appellation: Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Notes:  Dark, rich color. Strawberry, cedar, and tobacco nose. Velvety, but has the southern Rhone rustic sensibility. Strawberries kept in a cigar box.  Great now, could last a decade.  Delicious.

Price:  $39.95 at North Charles Wine and Spirits

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