Good depth, weight and concentration. Serious wine, satisfying and confident. Some black fruit, good balance. 16/20
($80) Glass-staining ruby. Exotically perfumed bouquet of black raspberry, kirsch, smoky herbs and incense, with a bright mineral overtone. Deep, powerful red and dark fruit flavors are lifted by a spike of tangy minerality and pick up suave floral pastille and Asian spice notes with air. The impressively pure finish leaves notes of smoke and flowers behind. As expressive as this is today, I\’d bet on it rewarding patience. This wine is based on 90% old-vines grenache. (Diageo Chateau Estate Wines, New York NY) 93
15/20. La robe est moins intense que pour la cuvée classique, le caractère presque minéral du bouquet, la chair tapissante, la longueur donnent à ce vin une personnalité très profonde.
rating 96 – The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape l’Accent de Roquete, a 450-case luxury cuvee composed of 100% Grenache aged one year in tank and one year in foudre, comes from a lieu-dit called Les Pialons. This superb effort displays a dense ruby/purple color as well as a flamboyant aromatic display of black raspberry jam, kirsch, pepper, licorice, and incense, full-bodied power, sensational purity, a multilayered texture, and a sumptuous, 60-second finish. A riveting Chateauneuf du Pape, it is the finest effort ever produced by La Roquete. It should drink well for two decades or more. Shrewd connoisseurs of Chateauneuf du Pape should be paying attention to what is taking place at La Roquete. This property was acquired by the Brunier family (who also own Vieux Telegraphe) in the mid-eighties, and over the last 4-5 years they have made successful efforts to upgrade the quality dramatically.
(93-95) –potentially prodigious, it boasts a dense ruby/purple hue along with sumptuous aromas of black raspberries, kirsh, licorice, pepperr, and Asioan spices. Ripe, full-bodied, incredibly pure, and multi-dimensionnal, the finish lasts for nearly 50 seconds. This fabulous Châteauneuf-du-Pape will compete with the top wines of this stunning vintage. It should drink beautifully for two decades.
91-94 Vivid ruby. Deep, sexy aromas of blackberry, creme de cassis, anise and potpourri. Seductive dark berry liqueur flavors are complemented by candied lavender, smoked meat and succulent herbs. Bordering on decadent, displaying excellent palate coverage and strong finishing notes of smoky dark fruits and flowers. Nothing shy about this one.
$75 – 330 cs made 94 – Extremely dense, but silky in texture, with lush, velvety tannins carrying black tea, braised fig, mulled currant fruit, sandalwood and mineral notes, all backed by a twinge of shiso leaf on the dark, lengthy finish, which sports a nice encore of fruit and grip. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Best from 2010 through 2024.—J.M.