Inky ruby. Ripe, powerful boysenberry and blueberry aromas are deepened by musky tobacco and dark chocolate. Weighty dark berry flavors verge on thick; initially brooding but brightens with air, picking up an energetic, stony character. Red fruits build on a long, sappy finish. A serious style, and not for those who demand elegance. (JR) 93+
Showing beautifully, with intense fig, black currant and boysenberry fruit and dark chocolate, date bread, spice and mineral notes. This is both powerful and pure at the same time, with a superlong finish. Seriously structured. Drink now through 2030. (JM)
The most masculine and structured of the group, the 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape is locked and loaded, with serious concentration, big tannin and no shortage of length on the finish. Coming from a year that featured a cool summer and then scorching temps around harvest, this beauty doles out loads of creme de cassis, licorice, graphite and crushed rock-like minerality, as well as a seamless, perfectly balanced profile. Give it another 2-3 years and drink it through 2025. (JD)
Taking the better part of the evening to open up, the 2005 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a brilliant wine that needs another 2-3 years of bottle age to really show all it has. Still inky and purple to the rim, this beauty shows fresh, clean aromatics of licorice-laced plum and blackberry styled fruit that’s intermixed with notions of graphite, mineral, and crushed flowers. Full-bodied, dense, and structured on the palate, with edgy acidity, ripe tannin, and a mineral-drenched finish, this gorgeous Châteauneuf-du-Pape should be given another 3-4 years of bottle age, and then consumed over the following decade.
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