Gigondas, Southern Rhône

Domaine Charvin

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhône Blend 2017

I’ve enjoyed the wines of Chateauneuf-du-Pape for almost 20 years and, along with a few DOCG’s in Italy, it’s one of the regions I have the most experience with. That being said, I’ve become very judicious with my buying over the last 5 years or so, concentrating on a small handful of producers that I’ve naturally gravitated towards. Domaine Charvin is one of those. No destemming, aged in concrete, no luxury cuvée, modest pricing. They’re just so old school and I just love it. The 2017 Charvin Rouge pours a deep garnet color with a near opaque core; medium+ viscosity with moderate staining of the tears. On the nose, it’s initially a bit reticent but changes dramatically with about 15min of air at which point it begins to really strut. First with bruised strawberries and whole fields of garrigue. With a little more coaxing, ripe brambles, spiced meat, and lavender join the party. On the palate, the wine is dry with medium+ tannins (which seem to build with air), medium acid and fairly high alcohol though it never felt like a hot mess. In fact, the wine is beautifully balanced with ample structure providing a foundation for the abundance of fruit: red and black brambly fruit, with Herb de Provence, espresso and a touch of leather and dark olive. The finish is long and satisfying. A lovely Charvin that should deliver in style well past 2030 — 19 days ago

Shay, Ira and 11 others liked this

Clos des Papes

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhône Blend 2001

Two bottles opened. Both the same… Regal tawny color. Mostly transparent. Fragrant herbal nose. Notes of ripe red fruit, herbs de Provence, dark dry earth and some fragrant flowers. Well balanced in the mouth. This wine is in a perfect spot, drinking today at peak. — 12 days ago

Jan, Andrew and 15 others liked this

E. Guigal

Côtes du Rhône Red Rhône Blend 2010

This was simply beautiful. Surprisingly young and fresh tasting for a 2010. — 5 days ago

Bonnie Hodur
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Le Vieux Donjon

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhône Blend 2016

Medium ruby with pronouned aromas of violets, fresh, slightly cooked strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, red plum, cedar wood, christmas cake, and earth. On the palate, medium but oh so ripe, deliciously smooth tannins and high fruit concentration paint a full bodied wine with a long, lingering finish. I can easily imagine my score increasing as it matures, gaining even more finesse and complexity. The 2016 Vieux Donjon is a head turner. Drink from 2026 to 2041 — 9 days ago

Andrew, Romain and 4 others liked this

Domaine du Pegau

Cuvée Réservé Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 1990

History in a bottle. This was Laurence’s first vintage that completely bottled and sold out and oh, what an effort it is! The fruit is so well preserved whilst the abundance of secondary characteristics well on display. Structurally sound still and very much alice. One of the oldest CdP’s I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing and just proves how special these wines really are. — 14 days ago

Eric, Ira and 8 others liked this

Château de Beaucastel

Vieilles Vignes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Roussanne

This is one off the most silky wines there is, it’s perfection in the glass. But still in its junior life so 95 says it al. Rousanne all the way, love it. — 8 days ago

Peter, Jan and 5 others liked this

Domaine des Tours

Réserve Vin de Pays de Vaucluse Red Rhone Blend 2014

WTF. This costs what now? Obscene. — 17 days ago

Brendan, Ira and 15 others liked this
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Clos des Papes

Châteauneuf-du-Pape White Rhone Blend 2019

Unctuous, lots of spice and mineral charge. Pale summer fruit, honeydew melon, white pepper and white flowers. Warm baking spice and orange peel. Some green coconut and subtle oak. This could come off as a bit too sweet but the sharpness of the minerals and a general savoriness bring this back from the edge. Great concentration. Needs time. — 6 days ago

Jan, Ed and 33 others liked this

Château Rayas

Réservé Châteauneuf-du-Pape Grenache Blend 2009

Lunch in Alsace. The 2009 Château Rayas reminds me of the legendary 1990. Although the high alcohol is apparent, the wine is in complete harmony. Medium garnet colored, the nose exhibits a wide array of dried herbs, ripe, almost jammy strawberries and raspberries, red currant, red cherries, iodine, savory notes and earth. On the palate, the high level of concentration is head spinning, but there is just enough acidity to keep everything balanced. The 2009 Château Rayas will evolve gracefully for two or more decades and ranks among the finest vintages of this estate. — 14 days ago

Alan, Romain and 2 others liked this

Famille Perrin

Réserve Côtes du Rhône Red Rhone Blend 2017

3L bottle that got better over the course of the day. Some on the “funk” blew off and the wine really showed well. — 21 days ago

Marilea Campomizzi
with Marilea