The 2001 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Chaupin (magnum) from Domaine de la Janasse was utterly spellbinding in the way it married elements of ripeness with minerality. Fresh and vibrant throughout, the Chaupin showed marvelous intensity and length in its seemingly endless layers of fruit. It was drop-dead gorgeous. (AG)
Also classic in style, yet still structured and lively, the 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Chaupin started out tight and reserved, yet opened up beautifully in the glass to show complex crushed flowers, white pepper, garrigue and kirsch. Like the traditional cuvee, it has plenty of grip and structure, and will have another 3-5 years of solid drinking. (JD) 94+
This is rich and layered, but silky and refined, displaying impressive range to the pastis, blueberry, fig and blackberry fruit, all inlaid with licorice snap and dried blood orange notes. The long, polished finish has nicely buried minerality. Tasted from magnum.—2001 Châteauneuf-du-Pape non-blind retrospective (November 2011). Drink now through 2021. (JM, Web Only-2012)
Red-ruby. Superripe aromas of baked plum and strawberry, gingerbread, mocha and molasses. Silky-sweet, lush and dense, with exotic flavors of spicecake, dried herbs and game. Less sappy and primary than it appeared to be from barrel a year ago, but this is impressively thick, palate-coating Chateauneuf du Pape with terrific concentration and ripeness. (ST)
A 100% Grenache wine which is made from 60-year-old vines grown on sandy soil, giving a mineral character to the wine. At this stage, when it is young, it is quite austere, but the tannins and big, dry fruit flavors promise a great future for this classic Châteauneuf. (RV)
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