The 2005 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvee Laurence is terrific, and is certainly the finest release since the ’98 and ’01. The same blend as the classic cuvee (85% Grenache, 10% Syrah and the rest Mourvèdre and other varieties), it spent a full 48 months in old foudre prior to bottling. Gorgeously complex, with soaring garrigue, saddle leather, beef blood, iron and distinct minerality, this beauty is full-bodied, rich and layered on the palate, with a massive amount of fruit and tannin. Intense, Provencal, layered and decadent, enjoy this beauty over the coming 10-15 years. (JD)
This old-school version shows the dense, grippy profile of the vintage, with a great tannic backbone running through the mulled black currant, maduro tobacco, brick and roasted chestnut flavors, all enveloped by lush spice, bacon and espresso notes. All muscle now, but has the seamless balance to cellar for its full potential. Best from 2014 through 2030. *Collectibles* (JM)
Even better than the last time I tried this wine, the 2005 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Laurence sports upfront, rich aromatics of cassis, toasted nut, meat and garrigue, full body, a substantial, mouth-filling texture, and a long finish. The fat and upfront texture makes this enjoyable now but it will no doubt be very long-lived, drinking well for at least 2 decades.
Deep red. Scents of raspberry, cherry, herbs and dried flowers, plus a hint of black olive. Juicy, finely etched red fruit and anise flavors become spicier with air and pick up a note of white pepper. Finishes with outstanding clarity and impressive thrust, echoing the sweet red fruit notes. Paul Feraud emphasized that the objective in making this wine has always been to provide a bottle that's ready to drink on release. (JR)
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