Bottle Notes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2005 Domaine Charvin Châteauneuf-du-Pape – Bottle Notes

Domaine Charvin was created in 1851 by Guillaume Charvin. For one hundred years, the harvest of Domaine Charvin was sold in bulk to negociants in the Southern Rhone Valley. The modern age of Domaine Charvin began in 1990 when Laurent Charvin started to manage the estate. Laurent Charvin was the sixth generation of his family to work at the property. 1990 was the first vintage for the domaine in which they produced, bottled and sold their own wine.

Crimson in color. 14.5% ABV. Heady nose of red fruits, kirsch, bacon fat and herbes de Provence. Medium body with exquisite acidity. Structure and power in spades. Raspberry, licorice, roasted herbs and blood on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish with prominent tannins. An old school producer and a classic vintage has produced what should be a long lived wine provided there is enough fruit to go the distance. Best over the next 5-7 years.

My rating: 92 points.

Domaine Charvin is attractively priced at about $60 a bottle. Look for the 2018 and 2019 versions. Both wines will have a place in my cellar.

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