TOP 100 2009 – 30 DEC 2008
Stony cherry fruit and a touch of tobacco on the nose here. On the palate a good substance, grippy and with supple fruit. The texture is fairly gentle, fleshy rather than powerful with a good presence in the midpalate carrying through right to the finish. This is measured, with freshness, and it certainly has appeal. 17 /20
88-91 – Bright red. Spicy red berry aromas complicated by subtle tabacco hint. Pure, fresh and racy, with energetic red fruit flavors and a building licorice note. This suave midweight finishes with fine-grained tannins and very good length.
93 – 2500cs imported – $35 – layers of exotic fig, boysenberry and loganberry fruit ripple across the lush, dense structure, while hints of red licorice, linzer torte, mesquite and plum sauce glide through the well-rounded finish. Drink now through 2025
(90-93) – 35$ – Brunier has been trying to raise the level of this estate and has certainly done so in 2004 abd 2005. the 2005 has a deep reby/purple color and a beautiful, sweet nose of ripe Grenache (think kirsh liqueur) along with raspberries, licorice, pepper, and some Provençal spiciness. About 30% stems were used in the making of this wine, and it is both powerful and elegant, with zesty acidity and morderately high tannin. It is an attractive wine that can be drunk early on or cellared for 12-15 years.
91 – $35 – Bright red. Intense red berry aromas are sharpened by dusty floral and mineral qualities. Pretty strawberry and raspberry flavors offer very good depth and refreshing acidity on the close. This is awfully sexy today.
89 – $40 – it exhibits much more tannin, sructure, and a more closed personality than its counterpart in 2006. The wine has a dark ruby/purple-tinged colore (darker than the 2006), a rather firm mouthfeel with more animal characteristics, some dark berry fruit, high tannon, medium to full body, and good acidity. This wine needs to be forgotten for 2-3 years and drunk over the following 15.
TOP 100 ONLINE – JAMES MOLESWORTH –93 – 41st
En 2005, la nature fut d’une grande générosité pour les vignerons du sud de la Vallée du Rhône ; à châteauneuf-du-Pape, nous avons eu notre part du cadeau ; A la Roquète nous avons là un millésime hors du commun: peut-être le meilleur millésime produit depuis notre arrivée en 1986 ; belle profondeur autant en couleur qu’au nez : c’est frais, cerise très mûre, olive verte, réglissé, des arômes plus noirs que rouges. Une bouche onctueuse, généreuse, complexe, c’est net et droit. Les tanins sont sérieux et maîtrisés, on est sur un millésime de garde sans aucun doute, mais dont le côté plaisir reste entier.