I brought this up from the cellar at about 55 degrees, opened and poured, so it was a little cold and took some time to open. Once it did, I think the Parker review is right on. The wine is just wonderful; rich, full, lush, elegant and with excellent acidity. I don't see how a CDP can be a lot better than this.
This is a dark, unctuous, nearly sweet wine that tastes of underbrush (fresh mulch?), licorice, blackberries, black currants, and other dark fruits. The wine is so well-balanced, one cannot tell that the alcohol level is15% . Moreover, unlike most 2007 CdP wines, it is not excessively fruit forward. I can see this wine improving over the next 5-15 years. It is the single best buy in 2007 Rhone wines.
Big, bold, jammy, fruity CdP, with tastes of earth, dark berries, leather, smoke, tar and tobacco. This Anonyme epitomizes why the best CdP's are an enophile's dream. It would be great to taste how this wine evolves in 20-30 years.
Took a chance and opened one early (Feb 13) and was surprised to find it already near peak (or near enough to peak for my unprofessional tasting standards). Magnificent.
Met all expectaions
A very solid CdP with lots of cellaring potential in it. Need long decant time if you're drinking now.
Good, but I actually liked his regular CDP better
I found this perhaps too modern in style, with the oak now overpowering the fruit a bit. It's hard to imagine this improving with more time, given the softness of the fruit. I wish I had been able to drink this 3 years ago.
Tough call - but a great wine
Until now, I've held off trying the '07, although I did earlier try (and review) a couple of bottles of the '09 vintage. To my palate, while it's close, the vote would be for the '09 over the '07. Tough to call, but the '07 is not quite as smooth, less complex and lacks the intensity of the finish when compared to the '09. Don't get me wrong, these are both great wines - Xavier Vignon has moved to my favorite list!
Full Body Chat-du-Pape
Full body and pleasant. Seems ready to drink now.
Nice wine, but a bit disappointing.
I have only tasted one bottle. Everything was nice, but little to be excited about. My expectations were much higher as I am a long time Rhone fan. The wine Is perhaps going through a down cycle as it ages and will show better later. (Could also be slightly corked -- the type that just robs the fruit) Tasting a glass a night from my Coravin. Will set a glass out in the morning and see if better by night.