2007 Domaine Chante Perdrix Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Previously $40) SKU #1072975

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ST 92 WS 91 RP 90
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92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red. High-pitched aromas of red berries, cherry, rose and Asian spices. Graceful and taut in a pinot way, with sweet strawberry and raspberry flavors and a firming note of bitter cherry skin. This juicy, precise wine finishes with impressive clarity and persistence. Delicious right now." (Jan/Feb 2010) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Round, solid and juicy, with an ample core of red currant, crushed plum and boysenberry notes laced with spice, roasted vanilla and licorice. The long finish stays fresh and focused. Drink now through 2019." (11/09) 90 points Robert Parker: The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape is an outstanding effort. Upfront, evolved notes of spring flowers, sweet licorice, blueberry, and boysenberry aromas emerge from this dark ruby/plum-tinged wine. Like many 2007s, the fruit character is prominent, and the wine is seductive, lush, opulent, and best consumed over the next 7-8 years. A larger estate than I realized, this 50-acre property is owned by the Nicolet family, who produce a traditionally made Chateauneuf du Pape that, interestingly, contains a large quantity (10%) of Muscardin as well as 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre. The majority of the wine is aged in foudre, with tiny amounts of the Syrah and Mourvedre kept in small oak casks. Unusual for Chateauneuf du Pape, everything is located in one sector of the appellation, the southern sandy/gravelly lieux-dit close to the Rhone River. 15% abv.

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