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Rhone Avril 1990 CNDP Clos des Papes 1 Case 12 75cl
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  • From a fabulous vintage, the 1990 is one of the greatest offerings from Clos des Papes. This was the last vintage vinified with 100% stems, and the result is a full-bodied, opulent, sweet, multidimensional, expansive Chateauneuf du Pape. It has hit its plateau of maturity, where it should rest for 10-15 years. Terrific! 

    Importer: Alain Junguenet, Wines of France, Mountainside, NJ; tel. (908) 654-6173
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    Jan 1997 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 94 Drink: 2000 - 2015 $270-$588
    The 1990 is Avril's finest wine since his terrific 1978. It exhibits an impressive opaque, dark ruby/purple color, a pronounced nose of sweet cassis and black-cherry fruit, an attractive, expansive sweetness and ripeness on the palate, and a powerful, long finish, with plenty of tannin, glycerin, and alcohol. This wine, a classic, authoritatively flavored wine, is much more backward than many 1990s. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2015. Last tasted 6/96.

    Wine Advocate #103
    Feb 1996 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 93 Drink: 1996 - 2007 $270-$588
    These classic Chateauneuf du Papes need considerable cellaring. I always like to challenge my own opinions and, yes, both wines require 4-6 more years of patience. They may be impressive, but they are, but they are

    Wine Advocate #83
    Oct 1992 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 92 Drink: 1996 - 2007 $270-$588 (25)
    The 1990 red Chateauneuf du Pape is Avril's finest wine since his terrific 1978. It exhibits an impressive opaque, dark ruby/purple color, a pronounced nose of sweet cassis and black-cherry fruit, an attractive, expansive, sweetness and ripeness on the palate, and a powerful, long finish, with plenty of tannin, glycerin, and alcohol. This wine is much more backward than many 1990s, and would benefit from 4-5 years of cellaring. A classic, authoritatively flavored wine, it should age gracefully for 12-15 years.

    Proprietor Paul Avril is one of Chateauneuf du Pape's most visible and articulate winemakers. While his wines are among the most classic examples of the appellation, they are also among the least flattering to taste when young. In top years, such as 1989 and 1990, they are meant to last for 15-20 years. 

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Rhone Avril 2011 CNDP Clos des Papes 1 Case 12 75cl
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Rhone Barroche 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape Pure 2 Case 3 150cl
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Rhone Barroche 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Pure 1 Case 6 75cl
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  • Rating

    100

    Drink Date

    2015 - 2030

    Reviewed by

    Jeb Dunnuck

    Issue Date

    14th Sep 2015

    Source

    Special Report (Sep 2015), The Wine Advocate

    A wine that will rival the '05 in another handful of years, the utterly profound 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Pure offers the most purity and precision of any of the cuvees, yet backs it up with incredible concentration and depth. Giving up tons of blackberry, kirsch, black cherries, pepper, ground herbs and licorice, it's impeccably balanced and manages somehow to deliver an insane amount of fruit and texture in a lively, graceful and elegant style. Grenache at its finest, give bottles 2-3 years and count yourself lucky anytime you're able to drink this elixir. It should have 20-25 years of longevity.

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Rhone Beaucastel 1992 Chateauneuf du Pape 2 Case 12 75cl
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Rhone Beaucastel 1994 Chateauneuf du Pape 4 Case 12 75cl
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  • The 1994 seems less successful than my early tastings indicated. The high percentage of Mourvedre (40% versus the normal 30%) has given it an earthy, leathery character with hints of mushrooms and tree bark. Although dense and chewy, it remains tannic and firm. It will keep for two decades, but it is not a hedonistic example and how much pleasure it will provide remains to be seen

    Score: 90 Robert Parker, RobertParker.com, January 2003

    Beaucastel Rouge 1994 - It reminds me of a more concentrated 1985, with nearly the character and size of the prodigious 1989 - a sweet, rich, thick, chewy wine with full body, and a superb nose of smoky black fruits, Asian spices, licorice, olives and herbs. Full, concentrated and lush, it should drink well for 15-20 years.

    Score: 93 Robert Parker, Rhone Book, November 1997

    Score: 94/96 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (103), February 1996

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Rhone Beaucastel 1996 Chateauneuf du Pape 1 Case 12 75cl
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  • Rating

    89

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    NA

    Drink Date

    2004 - 2015

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    28th Feb 1999

    Source

    121, The Wine Advocate

    The 1996 Beaucastel is performing better after time in the bottle. With high acidity, this tannic, austere example is reminiscent (at least texturally) of a young Medoc. Blackberry, earthy, leathery, spicy notes can be found in the aromas. In the mouth, the wine exhibits medium body, tangy acidity, plenty of meaty Mourvedre characteristics, and a structured, austere finish. It should only be purchased by those with the patience to wait for this wine to develop.

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Rhone Beaucastel 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape 1 Case 12 75cl
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  • The 2003 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape turned out as well as I could have hoped and is certainly an outstanding wine, deep ruby/purple with a tight but promising nose of black fruits, loamy, earthy notes intermixed with pepper, smoke, licorice, and dried herbs. The wine is somewhat closed in the mouth (but it had been bottled 30 days prior to my visit), has full bodied, moderately high, slightly rustic tannins, but big-impact flavors with plenty of texture, density, and purity. Give this wine 3-5 years of bottle age, and drink it over the following 20 years.

    Score: 92+ Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (163), February 2006

    Much like it was in 1998, the blend for Beaucastel’s 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape includes more Grenache (50%) since that varietal was both consistent and of high quality. The balance is 20% Mourvedre, and 30% such varietals as Syrah and Counoise. Its deep ruby/purple color is accompanied by an earthy style, moderately high levels of tannin, and neither the suppleness nor forward flamboyance of the 2000 or 2001. Dense, full-bodied, and structured, the 2003 is clearly a vin de garde. It will require 5-6 years of bottle age, and should drink well for 15-18. 

    P.S. Of considerable interest during my September, 2004 visit was Francois Perrin’s decision to open a 1980 Chateauneuf du Pape blanc (rated 94). He did this because I have been visiting Beaucastel for nearly 26 years, and in its youth, I remember this wine was quite impressive. At about age 6-7, it seemed to be completely dead and oxidized, and had taken on an old gold color. However, according to Perrin, about five years ago it came alive, and this bottle was spectacular. The aging of not only white Hermitage (which is primarily Marsanne) but also these special cuvees of Roussanne (particularly Beaucastel’s, but I suspect also other Roussane-based white Chateauneuf du Papes such as Grand Veneur’s La Fontaine and La Nerthe’s Clos de Beauvenir) is bizarre, and defies any rational explanation. They are compelling when first released, then become nearly undrinkable only to re-emerge in the future, but one is never quite sure at what age that will happen. It is one of the mysteries of wine, but it is reassuring to know there are still things the so-called experts cannot explain.

    Score: 91/93 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (156), December 2004

    One of the weaker vintages for this estate yet still outstanding, the 2003 Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape delivers a surprisingly fresh profile, yet ten years after the vintage, it is entering the early stages of maturity. Loaded with red and black currants, iron, beef blood, rolled stone and garrigue on the nose, with no roasted fruit or over ripeness, it shines on the palate with excellent depth and richness. Medium to full-bodied, supple and integrated, with plenty of ripe fruit, it should continue to evolve for a handful of years. Consume it over the coming decade, max.

    Score: 90 Jeb Dunnuck, RobertParker.com (207), June 2013

    Young and tight, with garrigue and roasted game aromas peeking out from a core of ripe black currant, plum and fig fruit. Lots of toast tobacco and iron as well. The finish is well-endowed with tannins, but they are ripe and pure. Best from 2008 through 2025. 15,000 cases made

    Score: 94 James Molesworth, WineSpectator.com, May 2006

    Deep, dense red color. Vibrant aromas of aromas of cherry, wild herbs, fresh flowers and minerals. Energetic and sweet, showing no overripe qualities; offers a silky, suave texture and wonderfully pure red berry, fresh plum, kirsch and fig flavors. Those with an aversion to the funky, gamey character that can characterize Beaucastel in "typical" vintages owe it to themselves to check this out. Clearly, the Perrins know what to do with grenache, even if it's not their favorite grape.

    Score: 93 Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar (Jan/Feb 06), January 2006

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Rhone Beaucastel 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape 1 Case 6 75cl
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  • Beaucastel's 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape has turned out even better out of bottle than I predicted. An inky/ruby/purple color is followed by a glorious nose of blue and black fruits, truffles, pen ink, licorice, and meat juices as well as glorious levels of acidity and sweet tannin, buttressing the fruit's fabulous freshness and vibrancy. This full-bodied effort still displays considerable tannin, no doubt because of the relatively high Mourvedre content. It should resolve its tannins in 2-4 years, and last for 25 or more.

    Score: 96 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (185), October 2009

    The Chateauneuf du Pape had not been assembled at the time of my visit so I had the privilege of tasting all the different component parts. My ratings were (91-93) for the Cinsault, (92-94) for the Counoise, (93-95) for the Grenache, (90-93) for the Syrah, and (94-96 for the Mourvedre. The Mouvedre and Grenache represent 65% of the final blend, so I tend to think that this wine will fall within the (93-95+) range. Even though Beaucastel rarely uses as much Grenache as the other famous Chateauneuf du Pape producers, their 2007 is very much in keeping with the vintage. It exhibits beautiful freshness, superb maturity, great fragrance, full-bodied power and more seamlessness than 2006. This may be their greatest vintage of Beaucastel since 2001 and 1998. It should age effortlessly for a minimum of two decades.

    Score: 93/95+ Robert Parker, RobertParker.com (179), October 2008

    Saturated ruby. Smoky aromas of black raspberry, cola, licorice, tar and dried flowers expand with air while maintaining focus. Extremely fresh, with energetic red and dark berry flavors strongly underscored by candied flowers and minerals. I kept waiting for tannins to come out but it didn't happen. Finishes lush and creamy, with lingering notes of red fruits and tobacco. The blend this year is 30% each of mourvedre and grenache, 10% each of syrah and counoise and the rest "all the others."

    Score: 93/96 Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, January 2009

    Extremely dense, with layer upon layer of melted fig, mulled boysenberry and black currant fruit, all laced with notes of charred mesquite, hoisin sauce and Kenya AA coffee. The long, silky mouthfeel belies the latent power in reserve-and there's a lot of it, with waves of grip driving the finish. Best from 2010 through 2030.

    Score: 96 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator Insider, October 2009

    30% Mourvèdre, 30% Grenache, 5-10% Syrah, 10% Counoise and the rest. Very dark purple. Very thick and concentrated and extremely ripe. Quite difficult to see the acid. Lots of tannins, but tannins are ripe or mûr - and mûres (blackberries) in fact - grainy tannins. Date tasted 10th Dec 08.

    Score: 18 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com (10 Aug 09), August 2009

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Rhone Beaucastel 2008 Chateauneuf du Pape 1 Case 6 75cl
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  • Ripe and very sleek, with a dense core of cassis, blackberry and anise framed by violet and spice. The long finish drips with juicy fruit and subtle toast, with a flash of iron boding well for cellaring. Shows great freshness and balance for the vintage. Drink now through 2024. 9,166 cases made.

    Score: 93 James Laube, Wine Spectator, June 2011

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Rhone Beaucastel 2009 CNDP Hommage Jacques Perrin 2 Case 3 75cl
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  • (70% mourvedre and 10% each of grenache, counoise and syrah, all raised in foudre): Glass-staining purple. Hypnotic bouquet of black and blue fruits, potpourri and exotic spices. Broad, sappy and strikingly pure, with intense blackberry and boysenberry flavors that reach ever corner of the palate. Rich but lithe wine with a seamless texture and superb finishing clarity. This wine's marriage of power and vivacity is something else.

    -- Josh Raynolds 96 Josh Raynolds
     

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Rhone Beaucastel 2010 CNDP Hommage Jacques Perrin 4 Case 3 75cl
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Rhone Beaucastel 2011 CNDP Hommage Jacques Perrin 2 Case 3 75cl
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  • eRobertParker.com #217
    Feb 2015 Jeb Dunnuck 96 Drink: 2017 - 2036 $270-$750
    Already forward and approachable (especially by this cuvee’s standards), the 2011 Châteauneuf du Pape Hommage À Jacques Perrin offers up classic blueberry, violets, beef blood and earthy, mineral qualities on the bouquet. Downright sexy on the palate, with full-bodied richness and a voluptuous, mouth-filling texture, it nevertheless has ample tannin and concentration, all of which build nicely on the palate. While it will have upward of three decades of longevity, it will be one of the more approachable Hommage A Jacques Perrins in its youth as well.

    Coming mostly from a plot of old vines located behind the estate, the Perrin Family’s Châteauneuf du Pape Hommage à Jacques Perrin was first created in 1989 and is a tribute to the late Jacques Perrin, who passed away in 1978. Aged all in foudre and normally a blend of 60% Mourvedre, 20% Grenache, 10% Counoise and the rest Syrah, it’s only produced in top vintages and there’s normally a scant 400-500 cases to go around. It’s an incredible, yet atypical Châteauneuf du Pape due to its high Mourvèdre content. While most vintages require upwards of a decade of cellaring, the more forward, sexy vintages can certainly be enjoyable in their youth as well.

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Rhone Beaucastel 2011 CNDP Hommage Jacques Perrin 1 Case 3 150cl
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    Feb 2015 Jeb Dunnuck 96 Drink: 2017 - 2036 $270-$750
    Already forward and approachable (especially by this cuvee’s standards), the 2011 Châteauneuf du Pape Hommage À Jacques Perrin offers up classic blueberry, violets, beef blood and earthy, mineral qualities on the bouquet. Downright sexy on the palate, with full-bodied richness and a voluptuous, mouth-filling texture, it nevertheless has ample tannin and concentration, all of which build nicely on the palate. While it will have upward of three decades of longevity, it will be one of the more approachable Hommage A Jacques Perrins in its youth as well.

    Coming mostly from a plot of old vines located behind the estate, the Perrin Family’s Châteauneuf du Pape Hommage à Jacques Perrin was first created in 1989 and is a tribute to the late Jacques Perrin, who passed away in 1978. Aged all in foudre and normally a blend of 60% Mourvedre, 20% Grenache, 10% Counoise and the rest Syrah, it’s only produced in top vintages and there’s normally a scant 400-500 cases to go around. It’s an incredible, yet atypical Châteauneuf du Pape due to its high Mourvèdre content. While most vintages require upwards of a decade of cellaring, the more forward, sexy vintages can certainly be enjoyable in their youth as well.

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Rhone Beaucastel 2012 CNDP Hommage Jacques Perrin 3 Case 3 75cl
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  • Rating

    99

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2022 - 2042

    Reviewed by

    Jeb Dunnuck

    Issue Date

    31st Oct 2014

    Source

    215, The Wine Advocate

    The wine of the vintage is the Perrin’s 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Hommage A Jacques Perrin, and it will most likely merit a perfect rating in another couple of years. Full-bodied, massive and layered on the palate, with awesome purity and freshness, it delivers incredible aromatics of beef blood, truffle, graphite, iron and black and blue fruits. Given all of the fruit and texture, you almost have to hunt for the structure here, but trust me, it’s there. The tasting at Beaucastel took place a 9 a.m., and even then, this is one wine I found impossible to spit. It’s a tour de force that will have 3-4 decades of life.

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Rhone Beaucastel 2013 CNDP Hommage Jacques Perrin 4 Case 3 75cl
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  • Rating

    96+

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2025 - 2055

    Reviewed by

    Jeb Dunnuck

    Issue Date

    30th Oct 2015

    Source

    221, The Wine Advocate

    The 2013 Châteauneuf du Pape Hommage a Jacques Perrin is a beast of a wine that’s shed most of the baby fat it showed from barrel. A normal blend of 60% Mourvèdre, 20% Grenache, and the rest Syrah and Counoise, this tiny production release has incredible minerality to go with searing black and blue fruits, forest floor, smoked earth and leather. Full-bodied, inky, concentrated and backwards with a serious kick of tannin, it will need a decade of cellaring to be approachable. I suspect it will have 2-3 decades of longevity.

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Rhone Beaucastel 2015 CNDP Hommage Jacques Perrin 1 Case 3 75cl
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  • A classic blend of mostly Mourvèdre, the 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Hommage A Jacques Perrin is a blockbuster that’s certainly the wine of the vintage. Possessing an inky purple color to go with an incredible bouquet of blueberries, garrigue, olive tapenade, beef blood and pepper. Rich, full-bodied, powerful and layered, with sweet, ripe tannin, it's a more approachable example of this cuvée that past vintage, yet will keep for 3 decades or more.

    Score: 99 Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, October 2017

    A well-endowed wine, dripping with cassis, plum sauce and raspberry puree flavors supported by notes of warmed apple wood, black tea and melted licorice. Dense yet remarkably polished, and almost supple in feel, with a bolt of warm earth scoring the very end of the finish. Best from 2025 through 2050. 170 cases made.

    Score: 98 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator Advance, June 2018

    Inky ruby. Potent blackberry, cassis, potpourri and garrigue aromas expand with air, picking up Indian spice and mineral nuances and a hint of smokiness. Sweet and seamless in texture, offering wonderfully concentrated yet lively dark fruit liqueur, spicecake and floral pastille flavors and a touch of candied licorice. Deftly blends richness and vivacity and finishes spicy, focused and extremely long; pliant tannins add shape and closing grip.

    Score: 95/97 Josh Raynolds, vinous.com, March 2017

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Rhone Bonneau Henri 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape 1 Case 6 75cl
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Rhone Chapoutier 1993 CNDP Barbe Rac 1 Case 6 75cl
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  • Rating

    94

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2000 - 2020

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    1st Jan 2003

    Source

    E2003, The Wine Advocate

    A sleeper vintage, the dense ruby/purple-colored, extremely concentrated 1993 offers a gloriously heady concoction of melted licorice, seaweed, black cherry liqueur, and smoke. It is a candidate for the “wine of the vintage” in Chateauneuf du Pape. Importer: Paterno Imports, Lake Bluff, IL; tel. (847) 604-8900

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Rhone Chapoutier 1996 Ermitage Vin de Paille 2 Case 3 37.5cl
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    (96 - 99)

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    NA

    Drink Date

    1997 - 2047

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    28th Feb 1999

    Source

    121, The Wine Advocate

    What I found striking about the 1996 Vin de Paille was that the nose was identical to white truffles, something I had had my share of a week earlier when I was in Piedmont.  

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Rhone Chapoutier 1998 Ermitage Blanc de l'Oree 1 Case 6 75cl
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Rhone Chapoutier 1998 Ermitage Blanc Le Meal 1 Case 6 75cl
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Rhone Chapoutier 2000 Ermitage l'Ermite 1 Case 6 75cl
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  • ROBERT PARKER: 99

    I grossly underestimated the 2000 Ermitage l’Ermite from barrel. This wine, which emerges from largely pre-phylloxera vines planted on the dome of Hermitage, adjacent to the chapel that is perched there so photogenically, possesses extraordinary finesse and elegance. It reveals notes of liquid minerals intermixed with kirsch liqueur and blackberries. While it never possesses the power and breadth of flavor of Le Meal or Le Pavillon, l’Ermite appears to be a hypothetical blend of Bordeaux’s Lafleur and Ausone as it always displays a certain austerity early in life. The extraordinary 2000 flirts with perfection.

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Rhone Chapoutier 2003 Cote Rotie Mordoree 1 Case 5 75cl
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    Wine Advocate #163
    Feb 2006 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 96+ Drink: 2006 - 2026 $140-$155 (160)
    The finest Cote Rotie Chapoutier has produced since 1991, the dense purple-hued 2003 Cote Rotie La Mordoree reveals a sumptuous perfume of new saddle leather, barbecued meats, herbs, black raspberries, and creme de cassis. This stunningly concentrated, full-bodied, rich wine takes Cote Rotie to a new quality level. Sadly, there are only 330 cases of this elixir. It can be drunk young or cellared for 15-20+ years. 

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Rhone Chapoutier 2005 Ermitage Le Pavillon 5 Case 6 75cl
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  • JEB DUNNUCK: 100

     

    ROBERT PARKER: 98

    My favorite of the 2005s from Chapoutier, the 2005 Ermitage Le Pavillon is a heavenly wine that comes from one of the greatest sites for Syrah in the world, the steep, granite-dominated hillside of les Bessards. Getting a bevy of expletives in my notes, this insanely good Hermitage offers classic notes of smoked meats, charcoal, liquid rock, burning embers, chocolate and cassis, as well as a thick, unctuous and massively concentrated style on the palate. Changing in the glass, with exotic aromatics, incredible purity and building, polished tannin, Syrah doesn’t get any better. Given the youthful profile here, I’m sure this.

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Rhone Chapoutier 2006 Ermitage de l'Oree 2 Case 3 150cl
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    99

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    Drink Date

    2009 - 2047

    Reviewed by

    Jeb Dunnuck

    Issue Date

    28th Feb 2017

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    229, The Wine Advocate

    More tight and reserved than the open-knit Le Meal Blanc, the 2006 Ermitage Cuvee de l’Oree offers a heavenly bouquet of caramelized orchard fruits, celery seed, buttered hazelnuts, orange blossom and white flowers. Just crazy good on the palate, with full-bodied richness and a seamless, unctuous texture, it has incredible purity, precision and length, with this liquid rock-like minerality on the finish. It's just about as good as it gets, and while it's drinking great today, it should keep for 2-3 decades.

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Rhone Chapoutier 2006 Ermitage l'Ermite 2 Case 6 75cl
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  • Average Score98.0

    JEB DUNNUCK: 98

     

    ROBERT PARKER: 98

    More taut, focused and chiseled than the le Pavillon, the blockbuster 2006 Ermitage L'Ermite offers full-bodied richness, a liquid rock-like minerality and sensational notes of black currants, bloody meat, licorice and spice. Reminding me of the 1995, with sensational depth, purity and length, this incredible wine won’t hit maturity for another decade, and will keep for 2-3 decades. Mar 2017, www.robertparker.com

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Rhone Chapoutier 2007 Cote Rotie Mordoree 2 Case 3 150cl
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  • The more closed, dark ruby/purple-colored 2007 Cote Rotie La Mordoree exhibits tart acidity as well as a cooler, greener mouthfeel. Notions of bay leaf, green olives, black cherries, incense, and licorice are found in this pure, rich 2007. While outstanding, it is less impressive than the 2006, but it, too, should evolve for 15+ years. 

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Rhone Chapoutier 2007 Ermitage de l'Oree 2 Case 6 75cl
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  • The 2007 Ermitage Cuvee de l’Oree reveals a light gold color as well as a rich nose of flowers intermixed with honeyed oranges, apricots, quince, and currants. Deep, full-bodied, and multidimensional, it should drink nicely for 30+ years. 
     

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Rhone Chapoutier 2007 Ermitage de l'Oree 1 Case 3 150cl
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    (94 - 96)

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    Drink Date

    2009 - 2039

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    29th Apr 2009

    Source

    182, The Wine Advocate

    The 2007 Ermitage Cuvee de l’Oree reveals a light gold color as well as a rich nose of flowers intermixed with honeyed oranges, apricots, quince, and currants. Deep, full-bodied, and multidimensional, it should drink nicely for 30+ years.   

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Rhone Chapoutier 2008 Cote Rotie Mordoree 2 Case 3 150cl
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  • Aromas of lilacs, crushed rocks, blue and red fruits and a gamy, earthy scent emerge from the dark ruby-hued, medium-bodied 2008 Cote Rotie La Mordoree (604 cases produced). It is complex aromatically, but seems to fall off on the palate. Nevertheless, it is a fine effort for a 2008. Drink it over the next 7-8 years. 
     

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Rhone Chapoutier 2008 Ermitage l'Ermite 4 Case 6 75cl
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Rhone Chapoutier 2008 Ermitage l'Ermite 2 Case 3 150cl
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  • Rating

    94

    Release Price

    $180 - 250

    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    28th Feb 2011

    Source

    193, The Wine Advocate

    It is an amazing achievement. Even better is the 2008 Ermitage l’Ermite (449 cases). Not as concentrated as Le Pavillon, it reveals a powdered rock character in its ink, graphite, earth, blueberry and black currant-scented bouquet. Displaying medium to full body as well as great purity, it is another amazing accomplishment from Michel Chapoutier. Interestingly, in 2008, Chapoutier decided to cut back on the new oak for all of his top cuvees (utilizing 25% versus the normal 100%).  

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Rhone Chapoutier 2008 Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc 2 Case 3 150cl
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    96

    Release Price

    $180 - 250

    Drink Date

    2011 - 2021

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    28th Feb 2011

    Source

    193, The Wine Advocate

    There are 445 cases of the 2008 Ermitage l’Ermite Blanc. Almond paste, crushed rock, orange, mango and pineapple aromas jump from the glass of this honeyed white along with gorgeous layers of that liqueur of rocks-like note that is typical of this terroir. Unquestionably a candidate for the wine of the vintage in the entire Rhone Valley, it, like the other single vineyard white Hermitages, should drink well for 7-10 years as they are on a much faster evolutionary track than vintages such as 2009, 2007, 2006 and 2005.  

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Rhone Chapoutier 2009 Ermitage Les Greffieux 2 Case 6 75cl
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  • The inky/black/purple-colored 2009 Ermitage Les Greffieux (473 cases) offers a stunning perfume of crushed rocks, lead pencil shavings, spring flowers, licorice, blackberries and blueberries. Impressively endowed as well as tannic and backward, with good acidity, this 2009 needs a decade of cellaring and should evolve effortlessly for 35-50+ years. As I have written many times, all of these wines are produced from rigidly cultivated, bio-dynamically managed vineyards. That has been the rule since Michel Chapoutier first took over this firm in the late 1980s. Now, with over 20 years of biodynamic viticulture under his belt, Chapoutier remains committed to this rather radical style of organic farming. He believes the effect is to reduce rot in damp, rainy vintages. Moreover, he has observed that after 10 to 15 years of biodynamic farming, the natural acids tend to be more vivid and the overall pH of the soils (as well as the wines) has dropped. Controversial, outspoken and brutally candid, Chapoutier, who suffers no fools, continues to admirably produce wines that are among the finest in the world and potentially the longest lived. Refusing to acidify, chaptalize, or touch the wines in any way, he clearly wants every wine to capture the very essence of its terroir and vintage personality. In this, he succeeds remarkably. No one has made more effort in resurrecting the once-forgotten backwater appellation of St.-Peray than Michel Chapoutier. Working in conjunction with the famed Michelin three-star restaurant family, the Pics, Chapoutier has produced a sensational 2010 Gamme Pic and Chapoutier St.-Peray, and the first single-vineyard St.-Peray, the 2010 Lieu-Dit Peyrolles St.-Peray, which is one of the greatest St.-Perays I have ever tasted. This appellation is all steep hillside vineyards planted in pure, decomposed granite soils, not dissimilar from Hermitage, but they are located on the other side of the Rhone, facing the city of Valence. The single-vineyard wines, or selections parcellaires, 2010 whites are absolutely amazing, with production levels ranging from 300 to 700 or 800 cases of each cuvee. These wines are for true connoisseurs, as they are expensive and meant for long, long evolutions, but they capture the essence of a vintage and terroir as well as any wines in the world. As for the selections parcellaires of 2010 reds, Chapoutier likes this vintage almost as much as 2009, but feels it is very different, emphasizing more acidity and minerality, whereas 2009 is a combination of pure power, concentration and great potential longevity. Michel Chapoutier considers the 2009s, which are all in bottle, to be among the greatest wines he has ever produced, equaling his finest wines of 2006, 2003, 1999, 1990 and 1989 (his debut year).

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