Chateauneuf-du-Pape tagged posts

A 93 Point CdP Under $40 – ’09 Domaine Paul Autard La Cote Ronde

November 15, 2011 Cellar WorthyHigh End Values  No comments

I drink a lot of different wines, from different countries and regions, but I collect only a few, and the wines of Chateauneuf du Pape in France's Southern Rhone Valley are a favorite. Paul Autard is one of the premier winemakers in the Rhone region in part because, unlike many of France's winemakers, he's using modern techniques like new oak aging. Still, his wines end up staying true to tradition with fruit focused favors that made the region famous.

Outside of Bordeaux, Chateauneuf du Pape is arguably France's most prestigious wine regions and that fact isn't lost on the importers and wholesalers, which is to say, these wines aren't cheap. Anything rated 90 points or above starts at $30 and goes all the way past the $500 mark. So when a potential 94 point CdP from a highly

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RP 92 Point Pierre Usseglio & Fils Chateauneuf-du-Pape – Amazing

October 2, 2011 Cellar WorthySpecial Occasions  No comments

The wines of Southern Rhone's Chateauneuf du Pape region are possibly the purest expression of fruit the wine world has to offer.  Mostly uninfluenced by oak, these wines are all about the soil in which they are grown and the vines that produce the grapes.

This wine, by world-renowned Domaine Pierre Usseglio, is defined by the finish, something oak barrels can't produce.  A blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault, it's fantastically long with strong tannins that will likely integrate over the next few years to create a wine of spectacular balance and finesse.  This is a 2009 and, as such, is showing a little of its youth.  But after three hours of air, the wine started to blossom with the initially thin mid-palate filling out nicely and the nose blooming into a

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A 90 Point ’07 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Value That’s Still Available. Today.

March 25, 2011 Cellar WorthyHigh End Values  No comments

On a rainy Sunday evening last weekend, I  enjoyed this Chateauneuf-du-Pape from what Robert Parker called the "the greatest vintage I've ever tasted in southern Rhone".  Accolades like that, combined with the fact that these wines were released going on 2 years ago, means 2007's are almost impossible to find - especially the good values.  Chateauneuf-du-Pape reds usually start at over $30 and 90+ ratings drive the price up from there.

This wine pours a slightly translucent brickish red that's signature CdP.  A bright cherry nose leads into focused dark berries and a perfect acid balance in the mouth.  But it's the lingering 30 second finish that defines and sets apart this incredible value.

This and most Chateauneuf-du-Pape are perfect examples of how great wine can be made without

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Do you remember when you had “that bottle” of wine?

September 13, 2010 Cellar WorthyHigh End Values  One comment

Everyone has a bottle that really turned them on to wine.  For me it was a Nickel & Nickel Syrah that was ordered at a business dinner right after I graduated from college.  Now that I'm way past the point of being turned on to wine, I've found that certain bottles turn me on to regions or styles of wine.  Since that first special bottle, I've started to love Priorat after drinking a Mas Doix Salanques, Chardonnay after first trying Cakebread and so on.

I've always liked Rhone wines, especially Chateauneuf du Pape, but I never "got it" until last week (by "getting it" I mean that I would seek out these wines to collect).  I was on vacation in Charleston, SC (you could probably tell by my total lack of posts) where we had a veritable wine extravaganza.  While dining at our favorite

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Domaine du Vieux Telegramme Chateauneuf-du-Pape: $30 knock out

May 26, 2010 High End Values  No comments

Memorial Day weekend started early for us today (okay really early), with an awesome Chateauneuf-du-Pape.  Much has been said about second wines on these pages. Telegramme is the second wine from Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe- one of the most famous wineries from the Chateauneuf-du-Pape (CdP) appellation of the southern Rhone Valley.  The top wine, "La Crau", was rated 96 points by Robert Parker in this 2007 vintage.  2007, by the way, has been widely reviewed as one of the best southern Rhone vintages of all time.

Telegramme pours a slightly translucent ruby with an ever-so-slight brick tinge.  The nose hints of good things to come with fantastic red raspberry and dessert scents that remind me of warm apple pie with cinnamon and a hint of smoke.  The fruit theme continues as the wine

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