Very deep dark ruby.

Super-ripe, drippingly lush, exotic black cherry, cassis & purple, blue, black fruited nose
Big, fat, fruity & rich. Blackberry, licorice, ripe red cherry, black raspberry, cherry bark & violet. Super-ripe fruit with no over-ripeness whatsoever. Massive very black & purple fruit with minor note of aromatic forest undergrowth & chestnut.

On the palate big, rich, ripe, incredibly deep, dark fruit. The same black & purple fruit - so lush on entry. Amazingly ripe Grenache & the 10% Mourvedre is even showing. Very black cherry, exotic purple & blue fruits. Cassis, too. In fact I’ve never seen this much cassis in a CDP. Fruity & fat but good acid, & tightening up nearing the finish with fairly substantial, long ripe & grippy tannic, fruit infused finish.

Good concentration & length. Impressive & powerful.

Needs a little time, obviously, but with such gorgeous, drippingly lush ripe exotic fruit, I won’t be holding 'til the tannins melt, but drinking in the next 3/4 to 6 years or so for the amazing quality of the fruit on this sexy bitch.

93 Points

Is everyone Loving these '07’s (already!?!) as much as I am???


Actually - I own 0 '07 Chateauneufs. Haven’t gotten around to purchasing them - been too busy buying other stuff. I hope to soon try some of my friends though. [basic-smile.gif]

I’ve never had a T-L Chateauneuf, but every other wine of theirs I’ve tried was oaked nearly to death. Is the elevage of the CDP any different, or is it all new barriques?

You’ve got some Great friends, there! Enjoy, and tell them to buy more!!! The state of the market & overall great quality of the vintage = Big Cheers! [drinks.gif]

Not sure of the elevage exactly, just know what I’m tasting. Certainly not all new oak & Barrique aging, that’s for sure. Definitely not over-oaked.
Although the wine is tannic, the tannins are more than balanced by big, ripe, lush, dark fruit & the wine has excellent balance.
Would have loved to taste the component parts of this wine - I believe the breakdown is 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mouvedre.

From the winery website, it says the wine is raised in 1-year-old barrels. It also confirms the cepage breakdown of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, and also notes the strong tannins." onclick=";return false;


Just to be clear - This wine has some significant tannins, as I said in my review, but is in no way, shape or form over-oaked.

I’m not tryin’ to talk you into buying it, I just like to be accurate in my tasting notes.

I have some of the Cuvée Special, too, which I’ll post a note for when I crack one in the next month or so. I expect it to be less tannic - not because of different elevage, but because it’s 100% Grenache.