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Old Rhone Tasting Notes


I personally enjoy reading old tasting notes.  These are from wines I bought at MacArthur’s and tasted during October-December of 2007.

1999 Chateau du Mourre du Tendre, Chateauneuf-du-Pape
A strong, complex nose of earth, dark berries, spices that reminds one of some age.  There are good flavors in the mouth but weaker compared to the nose.  Not the most mouth-filling or longest lasting finish thus somewhat disappointing.  Definitely fun to smell.

1997 Michael Perraud, Le Vignon, Cornas
Too much toasty, new oak that overpowered the fruit, not my style so I stopped drinking it.  The second Patrick Lesec wine that I did not like.

2000 Domaine les Aphillanthes, Cuvee 3 Cepages, Cotes du Rhone Villages
This too was outstanding but I slightly preferred the Cros right now.  It was a tad less overt.  A blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre.  Perhaps it needs more time in the bottle.  I bought more.

2000 Domaine les Aphillanthes, Cuvee du Cros, Cotes du Rhone Villages
Wow, right out of the bottle a concentration of youthful dark berry flavors.  After 3-4 hours the nose opened and the finish fleshed out.  The last glass in the bottle was almost as good the next day.   This one is 100% syrah.  This will age for a while.  I bought more.

2000 Domaine du Trapadis, Les Adres, Cotes du Rhone Villages Rasteau
A bit of earth and spice on the nose, followed by pleasant but short finish.  Similar impression on the second night.  There are better wines for this price.

1998 Domaine de la Pinede, Chateauneuf-du-Pape
I preferred this over the Trapadis.  There were sweet red and blue berries framed by noticeable tannins.  On the second day the nose was very muted but it still left a youthful, enjoyable impression.  A similar quality to the Palestor in that it is a rather affordable 1998 Chateauneuf you can age.

2000 Domaine du Grand Tinel, Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Pleasant but for a few bucks more there are better wines.  I would not buy again.

2001 Patrick Lesec, Marquis, Chateauneuf-du-Pape
This was badly corked.

1998 Domaine de Palestor, Chateauneuf-du-Pape
An estate near Beaucastel.  Drunk from a magnum this opened up as the hours went buy and was a pleasure to drink by the roaring fire.  It needs more age.

2001 Domaine de Ferrand, Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Rather good, well structured and still youthful, needs time.

1999 Domaine de Pere Pape, La Crau de ma Mere, Chateauneuf-du-Pape
I found this light, simple, and not really to my liking.  I would not buy again.

2000 Raymond Usseglio, Cuvee Girard, Chateauneuf-du-Pape
An overall pleasing wine, that has a little bit of everything to offer.  I bought more.

2000 Bosquet du Papes, Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Tasty, rustic, and traditional.  Can be drunk now for its strength or aged longer.  I bought more.

2000 Grand Tinel, Cuvee Alexis Establet, Chateauneuf-du-Pape
This was just OK and I did not bother to finish the bottle. I think I preferred the regular bottling over this.  Perhaps this was under performing.

1998 Domaine Saint Benoit, Cuvee Grande Garde, Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Earthy, stinky, and thin when first opened.  After several hours the earth, berries, and minerals came through on the nose and it started to flesh out in the mouth.  Much more agreeable in the end and probably in an awkward stage.

2000 Cuvee du Vatican, Chateaneuf-du-Pape
Fine but not thrilling.  You could drink as a starter before moving on to something more interesting.

1999 Marcoux, Chateauneuf-du-Pape
No nose or finish but had a pretty cinnamon, brown-sugar flavors to it.  Definitely sweet (not from residual sugar) and short.

1999 Des Bosquets, Cuvee Preference, Gigondas
This had brighter fruit and cleaner flavors to me, more of a modern style that I didn’t like.  It was a decent wine but I prefer the Brusset.

1999 Domaine Le Bouissiere, Gigondas
I enjoyed its chunky, rusticity that matches the fall weather.  I bought more.

2000 Les Pallieres, Gigondas
Wow, powerful stuff here.  An intensely aromatic nose of dark berries and earth with matching flavors in the mouth.  Probably a polarizing wine.

1998 Domaine deFont-Sane, Cuvee Futee, Gigondas
I rather liked the dark-berry brawniness it had.  Good stuff with some minerals.   I bought more.

1998 Daniel Brusset, Le Grand Montmirail, Gigondas
After being open for 3-4 hours it developed a strong, pure nose of white pepper which complemented the lighter red berry flavors.  I think it had peaked on the second night but it was still humming along on the third night.  My wife really liked the pepper nose.  I bought more.

1999 Le Bosquet des Papes, Chante Le Merle, Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Corked.  It slowly developed an earthy nose but was still tight in the mouth so I tried it again the next night.  The first night it had earthy, stinky nose with muted flavors then second night the stink blew off and the high-pitched corked smell came through followed by sour flavors in the mouth

1998 Domaine de Cassan, Gigondas
For me it was simply wonderful and appetizing.  It had that Gigondas power with a mineral line and is still able to age.  I would buy again.

1998 Chateau du Trignon, Gigondas
It was not to my liking.  It seemed more of a modern style and a bit tired compared to the Cassan.  I think this was an off bottle.  I have one more which I will try later.

1999 Tardieu-Laurent, Gigondas
It surprised me with its youthful, primary flavors and but I wonder if it will develop more complexity and aroma.  

1998 Louis Clermont Tonneree, Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Drunk alone it surprised me as after several hours it became a pretty wine on the nose and in the mouth.

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