Monday, June 10, 2013

Domaine de la Charbonnière Les Hautes Brusquières Cuvée Spéciale Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2007, AC Rhône, France

From the very good 2007 vintage, this wine is a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah. Each varietal is aged separately before blending and alcohol comes in at 15%.

This wine opened up with aromas of blackberry, plum, cherry, light licorice, fresh herbs, floral, earthy and sandalwood notes. On the mouthfeel, medium-full bodied with delicious soft seductive fruit, herbs and spices flavours, mild acidity and fined grained tannins. Good length on the finish with flavours of sweet berry fruit, gentle wood spices, fine tannins but the last thing lingering is some hot alcohol heat. I enjoyed this wine with friends and we were all unanimous on the verdict, exquisite aromatics, great almost silky and spicy texture in the mouth but hot alcohol finish that was a real bummer. Just enough to score 90 points, but can’t see myself matching Robert Parker Jr. 95+ given in October 2009.

Purchased from the LCBO Classics Collection February 2011 (579581) at $54.00

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