Impressive. Ripe, rich and full-bodied, showing silky texture, with lots of plum, red berry and blackberry character. Also digging for the earth,with a nice minerally, chalky personality that comes through on the long, tightly structured finish. (PM)
Shaded ruby. Warm and sweet and appealing. Some violets and real richness. Yes! 18/20 points (JR)
Chapoutier's 1998 Chateauneuf du Pape La Bernardine (100,000 bottles produced) may be outstanding. It is drinking even better from bottle than it did from cask. This wine exhibits a deep plum/garnet color, and a big, smoky nose of dried herbs, black cherry jam, plums, and licorice. There is excellent concentration, considerable quantities of spice box in the flavors, a dense, chewy mid-palate, and a long, moderately tannic finish. It can be drunk now as well as over the next 12-15 years. (RP)
Moderately saturated medium red. Roasted cherry, tobacco and smoke on the nose; shows a jammy ripeness. Ripe, plump and sweet, with a lush texture and sweet tannin. Finishes with very good length. (ST)
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