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.
This one is still deep in slumber, Even after hours in the glass. Took my about 4 once and tucked him back in for a long sleep.
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.
Austere and Disappointing
Drank Aug 2014. Double decanted after the initial taste verified that it was indeed still too young to drink without air. However, even after double decanting and breathing for 2 hours, this CdP...for which I had such high hopes...was extremely disappointing.
Medium garnet color with an almost clear ring at the edge and medium forming legs. The nose was muted and subdued, limited primarily to paving stone and garrigue. The attack was all minerality with almost no fruit whatsoever. An extremely underwhelming showing that was surprising in its austerity. There was some complexity in the mid-palate and finish, but they were flavors that neither stood well on their own nor did they compliment our food.
Perhaps I am just not a fan of this particular style, but I absolutely love the 2010 Chateau de Beaucastel CdP, so I'm not sure where the disconnect lies. My dinner companion and I were so underwhelmed we poured the remaining 1/2 carafe back into the bottle and tried it again on day 2.
There were some differences, notably a new bouquet of sugared cranberry, but the mid palate was still primarily minerals and forest floor. The mouth feel was hardly "unctuous" and quite far from "stunning", as Robert Parker described it, and it did not stand up to our mushroom ravioli or prime burger and fries.
Perhaps it is simply not my style, but we both found this quite disappointing considering the rating.