2007 Roger Perrin Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve des Vieilles Vignes

Year: 2007
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 93
Red Wine
Price :
$49.95
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"A blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, and 5% Cinsault from 70- to 105-year-old vines, the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve des Vieilles Vignes was aged in both foudre and small oak. A beautiful effort, it exhibits a saturated dark ruby/purple hue along with notes of blueberries, black raspberries, black currants, licorice, graphite, and forest floor. Full-bodied, layered, and rich with good acids as well as sweet, velvety tannins, this cuvee is filled with substance and elegance. Drink it over the next 12-15 years.

A consistently excellent estate, Luc Perrin established this domaine in 1969. Normally two Chateauneuf du Pape cuvees are produced, but in the challenging 2008 vintage, only the traditional wine is offered." (WA)

"($60) Ruby-red. Exotic scents of black raspberry, mulberry, smoky herbs and Indian spices, plus a wild note of apricot pit. Creamy dark berry compote flavors are framed by supple tannins and complemented by notes of candied flowers and fruitcake. The finish leaves traces of flowers, smoke and sweet berries behind, eventually. This is surprisingly approachable: there'd be no harm in taking a bottle for a spin now." (IWC)