*Top 100 Wines of 2004* Dark and dense, this very powerful Châteauneuf oozes dark chocolate, black currant, tar, mineral, grilled beef and roasted chestnut flavors that just won't quit. Yet despite its exotic range of flavors, it has a pure, silky core of fruit that remains steadfast through the extremely long finish. An awesome young wine. Best from 2006 through 2024.
One of the most Burgundian-styled wines of the appellation is Charvin’s Chateauneuf du Pape, made in a style not dissimilar from the classic vintages of its nearby neighbor, Rayas. The deep ruby-colored 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape reveals a gorgeously scented nose of kirsch liqueur, plums, and figs. It boasts an expansive, full-bodied palate, great purity, a sensual, silky texture, and a long, flowing finish with raspberries, cherries, licorice, and a hint of roasted Provencal herbs. Always a model of symmetry, balance, and complexity, this is as complex and elegant as Chateauneuf du Pape gets. Anticipated maturity: now-2016.
Bright, deep red. Exotic aromas of raspberry liqueur, flowers, garrigue and pepper. Dense and thick, with impressive solidity but also a compellingly velvety texture and terrific verve in the mouth. Chewy flavor of raspberry liqueur. Builds and builds on the palate-staining, tactile finish. Has the sheer extract and structure to support extended bottle aging.
Deep, subtle and meaty on the nose. And yet there is real energy on the palate -- as though some very special engineering has got it airborne, despite its great charge of interesting flavours. This is a lovely, if quite developed wine. No need to hang on to it forever. In fact you could enjoy it a great deal now. Chewy finish augurs well for the future but is not so painful as to detract from the current pleasure. 18+/20 points.
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