Châteauneuf-du-Pape (which is made in a small region in southern France, by the ancient Roman town of Orange) was a bit of a rarity in the states when I first had it (back in the day, as they say), but thanks to the constant admiration of one Robert Parker the prices have gone up about 400% from those halcyon days. If you want earth, if you want terroir, if you want a real good wine then you have to try it (pronounced chateau + noof + do + pop.)
This is basically your classic CdP – deep, dark, purply with lots of earth and spices. Any wine you can get from the Boislauzon estate is wonderful.
This will easily keep a dozen or more years, probably superb in 20, but still drinks well now. A lovely wine.
Mas de Boislauzon 2009 Châteauneuf-du-Pape
70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre | Alc: 13% – Big and Bold + Earthy and Spicy
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhone, France
“The stunning 2009s include the 2009 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, which is showing even better than it did last year. This strong, powerful, concentrated effort exhibits a dense purple color as well as loads of blueberry, black currant and black cherry fruit. A blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 15% Mourvedre, it is a sexy, opulent, voluptuous, seductive, head-turning Chateauneuf that should drink beautifully for 10-12 years.” 93 Pts – The Wine Advocate
“Deep ruby. Spice-accented aromas of cherry and raspberry, with a floral nuance gaining strength in the glass. Juicy, nicely focused red fruit flavors take on weight with air and pick up spiciness on the back end. Finishes with gentle tannic grip and very good length. This wine will drink well on the young side.” 90 Pts – Stephen Tanzer
“Big and winey, with a dark, muscular core of roasted fig, plum and blackberry fruit laced with cocoa powder and tobacco. Despite its heft, this is polished and pure, with plenty in reserve for cellaring. Best from 2012 through 2022. 1,780 cases made.” 92 Pts – Wine Spectator
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