Domaine Charvin Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhône Blend 2007

$99.99

These two brilliant vintages from Laurent Charvin include a superb 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape displaying a personality reminiscent of a hypothetical blend of his 1990 and 1998. A blend of 85% Grenache and the rest equal parts Mourvedre, Vaccarese, and Syrah, all aged in old tanks, it exhibits a deep ruby/purple color as well as a sumptuous bouquet of black raspberries, kirsch liqueur, and subtle notions of underbrush and nori seaweed wrapper. Rayas-like in its ethereal richness, length, and texture with a sense of lightness despite its weight, this beauty possesses superb purity, equilibrium, texture, and elegance. Some serious tannins are lurking behind all the fruit, so this 2007 will benefit from 2-4 years of cellaring. It will drink beautifully for 15-18 years. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Shay A Delectable Pro

Another visit to the weekly Wednesday Wine Committee, and a wonderful hosting by Glenn. As always, all wines are tasted blind. 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert. Very similar to number 2 red. The age here balanced out the ripeness of the fruit from becoming too overpowering, but the secondary herbal notes of black pepper and baking spice weren’t overbearing either. I would say this seemed a touch more fruit forward than the wine prior. Little darker.

Another visit to the weekly Wednesday Wine Committee, and a wonderful hosting by Glenn. As always, all wines are tasted blind. 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert. Very similar to number 2 red. The age here balanced out the ripeness of the fruit from becoming too overpowering, but the secondary herbal notes of black pepper and baking spice weren’t overbearing either. I would say this seemed a touch more fruit forward than the wine prior. Little darker.

9.4

Andrew Holod Delectable Pro

National Sales Grapes of Spain

Tired and a bit flat. I've got another bottle that I'll try to drink up sooner.

Tired and a bit flat. I've got another bottle that I'll try to drink up sooner.

7.7

Andrew Holod Delectable Pro

National Sales Grapes of Spain

With a spectacular roasted chicken,l and roasted ratatouille, this was a very well received by an old, out-of-town foodie friend. Should have decanted as at the end of the bottle is was singing with dark chocolate, mint and orange zest.

With a spectacular roasted chicken,l and roasted ratatouille, this was a very well received by an old, out-of-town foodie friend. Should have decanted as at the end of the bottle is was singing with dark chocolate, mint and orange zest.

9.2

Tom Kobylarz Delectable Pro

In a closed place right now. What we did have hinted at being great, elegant and refined. Not a hot mess, like many CdP have been like lately. It should be opulent Grenache at its best when it comes around next. (93-96 range)

In a closed place right now. What we did have hinted at being great, elegant and refined. Not a hot mess, like many CdP have been like lately. It should be opulent Grenache at its best when it comes around next. (93-96 range)

9.3

Steve Bachmann Delectable Pro

The least expensive wine in a 7 wine blind tasting of 2007 CDPs (Some at $300), I ranked it first and the group ranked it second. First time I had ever had it.

The least expensive wine in a 7 wine blind tasting of 2007 CDPs (Some at $300), I ranked it first and the group ranked it second. First time I had ever had it.

9.8

Morten Nass Delectable Pro

Vintage 2007

Vintage 2007

9.4

Sylvain Rhainds

2007! Grande année! Lui aussi va s améliorer!

2007! Grande année! Lui aussi va s améliorer!

9.1

Cameron Myhrvold

This is good and anazingly balanced.

This is good and anazingly balanced.

9.5

Byron Hewett

Really good. Lovely red fruits, garrigue, etc.

Really good. Lovely red fruits, garrigue, etc.

9.2

Raj Harb

Bitter dark chocolate and stewed figs stood out.

Bitter dark chocolate and stewed figs stood out.

9.3

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