The 2004 Panoplie is a blend of 69% Mourvedre, 21% Grenache, and the rest mostly Syrah with a touch of Counoise. This wine is showing fabulously well out of bottle, with complex earthy, gamey, smoky notes of burning embers and charcoal as well as black cherry and black currant fruit. The wine is broad, full-bodied, powerful, and rich. It is a beautiful homage to the famed luxury cuvee called Jacques Perrin from Chateau Beaucastel. (RP)
(69% mourvedre, 21% grenache and 10% syrah) Ruby-red. Deep, musky aromas of black fruits, leather, espresso and flowers. Fat, lush and sweet, with superconcentrated kirsch-like flavor offering outstanding volume as well as great creamy depth. I would have picked this blind for grenache. Finishes impressively long, with fine, dusty tannins. Even sweeter than the Esprit normale, and showing more early sex appeal.
Licorice, game, incense, smoke and tobacco meld into dark blue and black fruit in the 2007 Panoplie. A surprisingly delicate, mid-weight wine for the year, the Panoplie impresses for its balance. With time in the glass, the wine's structure becomes more apparent. Hints of dried rose petal, lavender and spices add the final layers of complexity. (AG)
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