While the Vieilles Vignes bottling wasn’t made until 2006, the 2005 Châteauneuf du Pape Les Origines goes all the way back to 1998. The 2005 checks in as a blend of 55% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre and 15% Syrah that saw 16 months in 55% concrete tank and 45% in smaller barrels. It’s a ripe, full-throttle effort that gives up lots of roasted herbs, pan drippings, black licorice and darker fruits on the nose. This is followed by a medium to full-bodied, blockbuster styled effort that has beautiful purity, lots of texture and a sexy, hard-to-resist style. It freshens up in the glass, and while drinking nicely now, will have no problems evolving gracefully for another decade. (JD)
Dark, ripe and full-bodied, with lots of currant, fig and cocoa flavors supported by bright mineral and sweet spice notes. The long, lingering finish has a nice latent structure, and this should blossom in the cellar. Best from 2008 through 2020. (JM)
Dark ruby. Spicy cherry and cassis on the nose, with exotic herbs and incense adding interest. Lush, creamy and sweet, offering deep dark berry flavors and a spicy licorice quality. Picks up dusty tannins on the long, sweet, gripping finish. This shows excellent focus. (JR)
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