2007 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France, Grenache, Red Wine, Rhône, Southern Rhône

My second bottle. Consumed over the course of two nights. Started out like the first one in that it was primary, slightly hot, and very fruit-forward. It did turn out better though after some air by virtue of a night in the cellar. This is all about licorice and blackberry. I wouldn’t call this wine subtle, on the contrary, it is an in-your-face style of CdP that goes well with hearty foods like pasta with a thick meat/tomato sauce or spicy BBQ meat. I would not recommend serving it, at this point, with any subtle or delicate foods like fowl, fish, pork, veal, and even some cuts of lamb. Reasonably enjoyable, it delivers a good experience for the $20 I paid for this. That said, it’s nowhere near the 94 points that Mr. Parker bestowed on it. 75% Grenache, 15% Syrah, remainder Mourvedre, Cinsault, Muscardin, and Vaccarase, all from 70-year-old vines, aged in tank (Grenache) and small barrels and demi-muids.

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