A remarkably sweet impression on the nose, sweet red fruits, violets, cocoa, sugared almonds and tobacco. It's open, complex and ready to go. Rounded and generous, mouthfilling fruit, the acidity is remarkably high considering the heat of the vintage, and doesn't feel entirely harmonious. Long finish, the sweetness of the fruit matched by quite strident, brisk acidity. Very fine, ripe, smooth tannins - they're almost imperceptible, but give grip on the finish. Very good indeed with great elegance, even if the alcohol is a little raised. (MW)
A classic blend of 60% Mourvèdre, 20% Grenache and the balance 10% each of Counoise and Syrah, the 2005 Châteauneuf du Pape Hommage A Jacques Perrin has always reminded me of the 2010, yet with a touch more austerity and firmness in its tannins. Still deep plum-colored, with a beautiful bouquet of smoked meats, beef blood, ground pepper, and assorted darker, gamey fruits, this powerhouse is full-bodied, has building tannins, a massive core of fruit, and a structured, lengthy finish. It’s just now starting to come around but will be incredibly long-lived. 97+
A classic example of the vintage, the 2005 Châteauneuf du Pape Hommage À Jacques Perrin is made from 60% Mourvedre, 20% Grenache, and the rest Counoise and Syrah. Inky colored, it offers an iron, beef-blood and gamey aromatic profile to go with gorgeous purity and focus on the palate. Reminding me of the 2010, yet even more firm and focused, this full-bodied effort will need another 7-8 years to start to show maturity, and will have upward of 40-50 years of overall longevity. 97+ (JD)
Opaque purple. An explosive, room-filling bouquet of ripe raspberry, blackcurrant and boysenberry scents, along with sexy floral, herb and cured meat nuances. Incredibly silky, with medium-weight red and dark berry preserve and cured tobacco flavors and superb mineral lift. Velvety tannins melt into the deep, dark fruit, which carries endlessly through the finish. A hypnotic, supremely compelling wine, with the depth and balance to age for years and years. If you've got the means, get some. (JR)
*Collectibles* Extremely dense, with layers of braised fig, blackberry and hoisin sauce that will need cellaring to stretch out fully. Plenty of coffee, bittersweet ganache and charcoal notes fill in the background, with prominent but ripe, well-rounded tannins helping to pound out the finish. An impressive combination of power and purity. (JM)
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