Shows lots of exotic braised fig, black tea, roasted mesquite, incense and bittersweet cocoa notes, with a core of black cherry and raspberry fruit in reserve. The long, flashy finish lets pastis and Black Forest cake notes emerge. This has some toast to absorb, but it's all there. Best from 2010 through 2025. (JM)
The modern styled 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Juline (mostly Grenache vinified and aged in new barrels) has elegant yet rich and decadent notes of cassis, currants, toasted spice and sweet oak. Full-bodied, perfectly balanced and layered, it has plenty of integrated oak but has a beautifully Provencal, lengthy style that will keep it drinking nicely for another 10-15 years. (JD)
Inky purple. Lavishly oak-spiced aromas of cassis, blackberry jam and kirsch Cherry-vanilla and cola flavors are round and sweet, with soft tannins adding structure. Impresses with power if not finesse, finishing with strong oak spice and dark berry preserve flavor. Defiantly modern: I wonder how long it will take for the fruit to crawl out from under the assertive oak. (JR)
Very dark crimson – almost brooding. Sample is oxidising, but there is clearly a whole lot going on here. Very grown-up and multi-layered. Lots of sweet black cherries, but also some finesse and minerality. Very interesting wine. Very sophisticated. Clean, clear-cut finish that persists quite a while. 18/20 points.
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