Robert Parker 93
We started the retrospective with the 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape, which is a wine I’ve always loved from this estate. About as Provencal as they come, with tons of herbes de Provence, sweet cherries, garrigue, incense and spice, it has full-bodied richness, a big core of sweet fruit and a layered texture. Count yourself lucky if you have a case of this in the cellar. I’d happily drink it today, but it has another 15+ years of prime drinking.
Anticipated maturity: 2013-2031
Vivid ruby. Red berry preserves and potpourri on the exotically perfumed nose. Deep and intensely fruity but light on its feet, offering an array of red and dark fruit flavors lifted by peppery spices. Shows no rough edges and finishes with excellent clarity, cut and length. This wine is surprisingly approachable now.