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Here's an incredibly rare cuvee from Clos du Mont Olivet, one of Chateauneuf-du-Pape's finest traditional producers. The blend is dominated by very old-vine (80+ year) Grenache from the original "Clos" for which the domaine is named. Only 50 cases were imported to the western US.
"Remarkably dense, but silky, with captivating mouthfeel to the black Mission fig, sandalwood, black tea, macerated
currant fruit and plum sauce, all held together by finely beaded acidity. Best from 2010 through 2030."
"The explosive, pedal-to-the-metal, super-duper 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape La Cuvee du Papet has an even darker ruby/purple color, with a glorious intense nose of roast meat and Provencal herbs interwoven with kirsch, black currant, loamy, earthy scents, and some pepper and spice. There is just about everything going on in the aromatics, suggesting that the taster is standing in an open-air marketplace in Provence. Aged 18 months in wood foudres and a blend of 80% Grenache and equal parts Syrah and Mouvedre, this cuvee exhibits huge body, loads of glycerin, fabulous concentration, but is not the least bit heavy or sloppy. This is a sensational expression of old vines that should prove to be their greatest example of this cuvee since their sublime 1990. Moreover, it should drink well and evolve for at least 20+ years. 94-96
One of the benchmark historical producers of Chateauneuf du Pape, Clos du Mont Olivet has long been the bastion of one segment of the Sabon family. The consistent results have always been classic Chateauneuf du Papes that stand the test of time. With the introduction of their Cuvee du Papet in 1989, they created an old-vine, luxury product that can push Chateauneuf du Pape to its maximum expression of Grenache and Provencal typicity.
The Wine Advocate
"Deep red. Explosively perfumed, captivating bouquet of red and dark berries, smoky Indian spices, pungent herbs and iron. Much more powerful, weighty and extroverted than the graceful 2006, with palate-staining dark berry and cherry-cola flavors and a late note of candied licorice. The echoing dark berry qualities refuse to quit on the aftertaste. 93-96"
International Wine Cellar
Heady, concentrated, sweet and long, the Chateauneuf-du-Pape from the Sabon family is remarkably intricate and refined.
While the family are strict traditionalists, they still allow us to make our North Berkeley Barrel Selection from wine raised in used Burgundy barrels we provide. Jean-Claude Sabon performs most of the vineyard work himself, while his son Thierry (who has a...Read More About Clos du Mont Olivet
(shah-too-NUHF due Pahp) Southern Rhone's landmark region, Chateauneuf du Pape, was the first region to gain AC status in France. That was the 1920s - it's history goes much further back than that. As the name suggests, the wine region was named after the new papal home, referring to the period of time in the 1300's when the pope resided in Avignon instead of Rome. Notable Facts...Read More About Chateauneuf-du-Pape
The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...Read More About Rhone Red Blends
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