Much denser than the normal cuvée, with pain d'épice, date, fig, mint and sweet tobacco notes. The long finish is very plush, with a bacony note. Still has some grip to shed. A beauty.--1998 Châteauneuf-du-Pape retrospective. Drink now through 2020. (JM)
One of the wines that caused me to fall in love with Chateauneuf du Pape on release, the Sabon’s 1998 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Chaupin is still showing beautifully today. Currants, licorice, fruit cake and truffle all emerge from the glass, and it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, tons of sweet fruit and a great finish. I think its best drunk up, but it will hold for another 4-5 years for sure. (JD)
Full deep red. Bright but reticent aromas of blackberry, violet, licorice and meat. Vibrant, intensely flavored and sharply delineated, with terrific depth and grip. Very ripe but firmly built. Perhaps more typical Grenache than the '99, thanks to the great ripeness of the year. Finishes very long and subtle, with firm but sweet tannins. (ST)
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