I love this wine. I've probably had 4 or 5 bottles at various times over the past 4 or 5 years, and it never disappoints. It's probably not for everyone - it's a bit of an earthy or rustic style, and the Grenache that dominates the blend won't be as familiar to many folks as cabernet or pinot - but if you like CdP, or old world wines in general, you really should give it a shot. The hallmark red fruits of Grenache are there, but they share the stage with a distinctive earthy quality (variously described as "peaty," "sulfury - like a match head," and "like asphalt") that adds incredible complexity to the wine. Great length on the finish and refreshing acidity complete the package. The wine we had on Jan 18, 2009 was still a dark purple in color and incredibly youthful - even 8 years out, this remains a wine that will stand up to further cellaring. And at $30 - $35 a bottle (even now), it has to be one of the great CdP bargains. Buy em up before I do!
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Jan 7, 2009
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From France's southern Rhone region, this Chateauneuf du Pape is predominantly Grenache, but (like all other red Chateaneuf du Pape wines) can also contain up to 13 other permitted varietals. The actual blend of this wine is apparently 65% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre, and 5% diverse old vines. The 2001 vintage of this wine received a 90-point rating from wine critic Robert Parker. Bois de Boursan also bottles a higher-end cuvée, called Cuvée Felix, which routinely scores in the mid- to high-90s. The grapes for these wines are from 40+ year old vines which are farmed organically, and the wine is aged for 2-3 years in large old oak barrels.