The superb 2007s include a sleeper of the vintage, the reasonably priced 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape. Composed of 90% Grenache and equal parts Syrah and Mourvedre from 60-year-old vines, and aged primarily in tank with a small amount kept in 600-liter demi-muids, it exhibits a deep ruby/purple color as well as sweet, candied berry aromas intermixed with hints of boysenberries, black raspberries, kirsch, and lavender. Opulent, luscious, full-bodied, pure, and impressively built with soft tannins and good acids, it should drink well for 12-15 years. Drink through 2024. (RP)
Fresh and driven, with a delicious core of intense blackberry and raspberry fruit laid over licorice-tinged structure, followed by a long finish of spice and graphite. Nicely focused from beginning to end. (JM, Web Only-2009)
Saturated ruby. Highly perfumed, spicy aromas of raspberry, Asian spices, garrigue and anise. Pliant red and dark berry flavors stain the palate, enlivened by zesty cinnamon and white pepper qualities. Finishes sweet, with a gentle snap of smoky minerals. (JR)
An outstanding wine that wears the vintage characteristics well, the 2007 Domaine Olivier Hillaire Châteauneuf-du-Pape is perfumed and nuanced with incense, licorice, kirsch, flowers and subtle garrigue aromas on the nose. The palate is medium to full bodied with an integrated, balanced character, a silky smooth texture and a long, rich finish. Lively acidity keeps the wine fresh and given the moderate tannin and upfront appeal, I’d recommend drinking these over the next 8 to 10 years.
Dark and glowing. Looks very healthy. Extremely complex nose – so much going on! Very archetypal Châteauneuf-du-Pape with hints of animal, leather and masses of sweet, ripe fruit. This one pretty much explodes – already. Go for it! It should give enormous amounts of early to mid-term pleasure. Very long with notes of tea leaves and real richness. Outstanding. 18/20 points. (JR)
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