Just opened it the other day after waiting patiently for the right moment. Purple in color with berries on the nose and graphite, forest floor and sage on the palate. Nice long finish!
Couldn't stop at one bottle!
I held off trying this, wanting to provide more cellar time to a reported great wine. But, with Wine Access then offering more of this vintage and also the '07, I took the plunge - ordering more and opening a bottle. It was outstanding, despite being young it was very smooth - excellent bouquet and a rich finish. Couldn't stop at just one bottle, the second was as good as the first! I'm sure it will only improve with time.
Best chateneauneuf In many years
It takes about 3 hours to appreciate this cuvee fully. As aeration
progresses, the Grenache's bouquet with some discordant
notes gradually fades, and Syrah assumes the reins of power.
Then the Gargantuan concentration presents its earthy
Outstanding wine for the price.
We enjoyed a bottle of this with grilled beef and lamb kabobs with Mediterranean seasonings. It was fabulous! Very expressive after about 1.5 hours and just a delight. I have eight left, and I hope to enjoy them over the next few years with various grilled fare. Great wine!
Drink now and make notes of future tastings
We actually opened by mistake w/i few days of receiving the wine and it was awesome. Can only anticipate what the other bottles will be like in the future.
Very Interesting CDP
I have held off drinking any of this for nearly a year after it was first offered and have had one now only because you recently offered more. Utterly smooth, velour like and very rich, this is unlike any CDP I've ever tasted. This may be due to the relatively small Grenache content or it may be due to the fact I'd had a taco salad before opening a bottle to have on its own. The next bottle will get that sorted out. Regardless, the wine is excellent, with absolutely no hard edges. Being much more refined that the typical Grenache dominated CDP, this does not demand something from the grill, though it could certainly handle it. I'm sure I'll figure out something to go with it. Nice wine!
unbelievably great finish to this wine
wow how could it be so well priced
The write up on this wine was fairly accurate. (at least for me.) At the very least this 2012 is probably young, which may account for the negative comments. Had the fortunate experience many years ago to meet someone who was importing wine from Europe. Having wine from the Rhone area exposed me to the blends they produce. Specifically Chateaunauf. Think this Chehalem is very very nice now, but needs time. Also -- I typically don't drink Pinot !!
It certainly does take time to enjoy this wine now; aerated and decanted 3 hours before drinking and I think thi sis still maturing. Very silky and enjoyable now but glad I bought a case so I can keep checking over the next several years
Where's the OWC?
A case of CdP of this caliber should offer an original wood case (OWC) to those of us who bought a full case at one time and would like the OWC for long term storage of this wine.
How about offering this option to customers who want the "wood?"
Nice but warm
I just received a case of this and after several days opened my first bottle. The wine is young and had just arrived and to be fair I'd like to reserve judgement but it was rich, full and quite nice for a wine so young. We enjoyed it with roasted grass fed beef. Grenache has a propensity for alcohol and this is where the warmth comes from. That said, I can't wait to open the next bottle.
This is an execellent wine and is surely to get better with age.
Will have to try this again, but in 2013 it was undrinkable. Best use for my case was to give as dinner gifts to non-discerning friends.
Did not like this wine at all at first. Somewhat better on the 2nd and 3rd nights.
May as well drink this wine right from the bottle as lacking any distinct character - the wine I tasted upon openning did not develop at all after 2 hours. Perhaps I expected more.