Deep black robe with hints of purple. Roasted hints and very ripe red fruits aromas. Concentrated, powerful and explosive mouth with hints of cherries, ripe black fruits and liquorice. May be enjoyed young but will procure even greater pleasure in a
dozen or so years.
This very sensual wine would be ideal accompanying spicy dishes, a filet steak with ginger or a tajine "aux 5 épices."
"This is a modern-day classic of Chateauneuf du Pape. The third cuvee is the monumental 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes, which is made from 100% Grenache, and aged in neutral but small oak barrels. Black and saturated blue/purple in color, with an extraordinary nose of incense, flowers, melted licorice, blackberry, and creme de cassis, it comes closest, to my mind, to resembling the Marcoux Vieilles Vignes in its floral aromatics and sumptuous texture. This is stunningly rich wine that will benefit from 2-4 years of cellaring and keep 20-25 years. It's a brilliant homage to the greatness of old-vine Grenache!
The Wine Advocate
"Very fleshy and flamboyant, with well-rounded boysenberry confiture, fig paste and crushed currant flavors laced with fruitcake, red and black licorice and aged tobacco notes. The long finish has the dense grip of the vintage, with great drive as well."
"Opaque purple. Explosively perfumed nose offers an exotic array of ripe dark berry preserve, incense and mineral scents. Flavors of cherry-vanilla and creme de framboise are deep, sweet and chewy, with the finish showing youthful tannic grip. Fans of restraint might not dig it but this is showing plenty of seductive charm today."
International Wine Cellar