2005 Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Les Origines

Year: 2005
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 91-94
Vinous Media: 90-93
Red Wine
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"The 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Origines has an opaque bluish/purple color to the rim and a super rich nose of blackberries, licorice, roasted herbs, creosote as well as graphite and spice. Full-bodied, powerful, rich, and layered but backward, moderately tannic, with good acidity, this wine will need 2-4 years of bottle age and drink well for 15 or more years. Readers have to distinguish between the negociant wines of Alain Jaume, which are under the label “Alain Jaume,” and his estate wines, which appear under the “Grand Veneur” label. In both cases the quality is extremely high and unlike many estates where prices have dramatically soared over recent vintages, Grand Veneur’s proprietor, Alain Jaume, continues to offer very fair value for the quality." (WA)

"Deep violet. Rich and quite oaky on the nose, with ripe blackberry and candied plum aromas complicated by floral and tobacco accents. Focused, pure and deep, with the dark fruit flavors carrying impressively and maintaining their precision on the very long, spicy finish. " (IWC)