2007 Domaine Chante Perdrix Chateauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1072975

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red. High-pitched aromas of red berries, cherry, rose and Asian spices. Graceful and taut in a pinot way, with sweet strawberry and raspberry flavors and a firming note of bitter cherry skin. This juicy, precise wine finishes with impressive clarity and persistence. Delicious right now." (Jan/Feb 2010) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Round, solid and juicy, with an ample core of red currant, crushed plum and boysenberry notes laced with spice, roasted vanilla and licorice. The long finish stays fresh and focused. Drink now through 2019." (11/09) 90 points Robert Parker: The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape is an outstanding effort. Upfront, evolved notes of spring flowers, sweet licorice, blueberry, and boysenberry aromas emerge from this dark ruby/plum-tinged wine. Like many 2007s, the fruit character is prominent, and the wine is seductive, lush, opulent, and best consumed over the next 7-8 years. A larger estate than I realized, this 50-acre property is owned by the Nicolet family, who produce a traditionally made Chateauneuf du Pape that, interestingly, contains a large quantity (10%) of Muscardin as well as 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre. The majority of the wine is aged in foudre, with tiny amounts of the Syrah and Mourvedre kept in small oak casks. Unusual for Chateauneuf du Pape, everything is located in one sector of the appellation, the southern sandy/gravelly lieux-dit close to the Rhone River. 15% abv.


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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape

Alcohol Content (%): 15