2007 Chateau de Vaudieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Val de Dieu

Year: 2007
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 94
Wine Advocate: 96
Vinous Media: 93
Jeff Leve: 95
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"This carries the lush raspberry, boysenberry and kirsch fruit notes of the vintage, but keeps them razor sharp, with gorgeous spice, incense and black tea notes adding a sense of elegance, despite its weight. The long, perfumy finish drips with fruit, while minerality ripples underneath. Drink now through 2024. 315 cases made. -JM " (WS)

"I think the strongest vintage for this cuvee to date (the 2010 is close), the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Val de Dieu is a big, rich, concentrated and age-worthy beauty that offers classic notes of black currants, black raspberries, toasted spices and graphite. A blend of 44% Grenache, 45% Syrah and 11% Mourvedre that was raised in demi-muids and barrels (some new), it still has a kiss of oak, thrilling purity and a huge mid-palate, all suggesting it’s going to be a long-lived Chateauneuf du Pape." (WA)

"Glass-staining ruby. Seductively perfumed aromas of black raspberry, spicecake and incense, with notes of licorice and garrigue adding complexity. Juicy, pliant, seductively sweet red and dark berry flavors become spicier with air without losing their seamless quality. Very smooth and focused on the finish, with the sweet dark berry and spice notes recurring. Sussex Wine Merchants, Moorestown NJ" (VM)

"Rich, supple, sexy expression of kirsch, spice, thyme and peppery, fat black cherries. The wine was made from a blend of 44% Grenache, 45% Syrah and 11% Mourvedre. 1592 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2017" (JL)

Winery Notes:
"Val de Dieu, the name of the valley located in the heart of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and just to the east of the famed castle itself lends its name to the estate, Château de Vaudieu, as well as the cuvée made from the vines that are grown in this narrow valley. Val de Dieu starts near the entrance to the property where the heavier sandy clay, and more drought resistant soils benefit the growing of Mourvedre. It continues up a gentle rise where sandy limestone soils are planted with Syrah before cresting a gentle hill of decomposed sandstone soils and the Grenache vines planted in them. By combining these three varieties, each grown on terroirs suitable for their full expression, and each vinified to bring out their potential, Val de Dieu represents both the complexity of the site as well as the historical importance of the three main grape varieties of the region"