2007 Chateauneuf-du-Pape, La Ferme du Mont ‘Cuvee Capelan’

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2007 Chateauneuf-du-Pape, La Ferme du Mont ‘Cuvee Capelan’

#1 Post by Dan Kravitz » March 23rd, 2020, 5:54 pm

Seems like a good time to revisit the topic… it’s snowing in Maine and we ain’t goin’ nowhere.

Dense ruby color with slight bricking at the edges. The aromas feature very ripe red plums, concomitant alcohol and a lot of refreshing garrigue. The label reads 14.5% alcohol, which doesn’t make sense to me; I’m guessing at least a point higher, but if it is, why not label is correctly, as at 14.5% they already paid the high alcohol tax in effect at that time.
The palate is a pleasant surprise. The alcohol is subdued, the body is lighter than I expected, which is a plus in this case. The texture is almost lacy! The flavors have red cherries as well as the predominate plums, along with a little black fruit, plums again. The garrigue is less than in the aromas and well integrated. This is a fine wine, the alcohol is still a little intrusive, but not overwhelming or a flaw. The balance is good, the solidity is more than adequate on a cold snowy evening, I’m glad it’s in my glass. Rated 92, probably fully mature. While this will easily live another decade, the alcohol might start to take over soon.

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Re: 2007 Chateauneuf-du-Pape, La Ferme du Mont ‘Cuvee Capelan’

#2 Post by John Morris » March 24th, 2020, 9:04 am

Thanks for the note. Interesting that you liked this better than the 05 Voillot Volnay.
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Re: 2007 Chateauneuf-du-Pape, La Ferme du Mont ‘Cuvee Capelan’

#3 Post by Jürgen Steinke » March 24th, 2020, 3:01 pm

Not a surprise to me. Voillot 05 Volnay was and is a disappointment to me too. And unfortunately it is not the only Voillot wine I am not impressed.

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Re: 2007 Chateauneuf-du-Pape, La Ferme du Mont ‘Cuvee Capelan’

#4 Post by Dan Kravitz » March 24th, 2020, 7:10 pm

John Morris wrote:
March 24th, 2020, 9:04 am
Thanks for the note. Interesting that you liked this better than the 05 Voillot Volnay.
Not Apples and Oranges, more like Apples and Pork Chops! I don't compare Volnay and Chateauneuf. What was weird is that the Chateauneuf, based on memory over a few days, was lighter and lacier than the Volnay. YMM seriously V! Also, IMO, weather is one of the most important and neglected parameters of wine tasting. If you live in a hot climate and are air-conditioned 24/365, this does not apply, but here in Maine it's a major factor. The Volnay was sullen on a sullen day. The Chateauneuf was welcoming on a mild winter day.

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Re: 2007 Chateauneuf-du-Pape, La Ferme du Mont ‘Cuvee Capelan’

#5 Post by Greg K » March 24th, 2020, 7:34 pm

John Morris wrote:
March 24th, 2020, 9:04 am
Thanks for the note. Interesting that you liked this better than the 05 Voillot Volnay.
The few 05s I’ve had recently haven’t been fun to drink, so I’m not that surprised. Every 05 I own is buried in storage.
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