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2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Speciale Wines

I have a confession to make. I’m an unabashed lover of Chateauneuf du Pape. There, I said it. And I am proud of it! If you’re also a fan of wines from the Southern Rhone Valley, you’re in luck. With the exception of 2002, it’s been really difficult to find a vintage from the last several years that has not produc [...]

2011 Chateauneuf du Pape a Drinkers Vintage

Variety is the spice of life. At least that’s how I see it. The variances in vintage signatures is proof of that. Each vintage carries its own unique character, personality and allure. Of course there are vintages that require time in the cellar for the tannins to meld and allow the wines to develop secondary charact [...]

2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Speciale Wines With Philippe Cambie

Make no mistake, 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape is a great vintage for the region! Is it best vintage for the Southern Rhone of all time? Perhaps that is a reasonable conclusion. Before arriving at that point, it’s important to consider what goes into making a great vintage. Having tasted more than 100 different 2010 Ch [...]

2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition and Classique Wines

I'm not exactly late to the party. We published an article extolling the virtues of 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape back in March, 2012. However, that article was based on a small sample base. Until recently, I was not fully aware of how great 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape wines really are. That is no longer the case. Following an [...]

Bordeaux Wine Tasting in London at Ledbury, on the way to Bordeaux

Arriving in Europe Friday afternoon, I was a bit tired. I have friends that tell me, they sleep well on flights.  Quoting Bob Dylan; “That ain’t me babe”.  I write or read.  I look forward to watching a film I missed in the theaters.  From time to time, a familiar rerun works for me as well.  Some flights have [...]

2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Tasting Notes, Ripe, Rich, Powerful, Stylish

Chateauneuf du Pape continues to enjoy an embarrassment of riches in an almost non-stop parade of strong vintages. Think about it and look back on the previous decade. 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010 have all produced from good to great Chateauneuf du Pape wines. 2002 remains the only disaster in [...]

1985 Guigal La Turque, When a Wine Leaves You Speechless

Most wines you taste or enjoy with dinner. Afterall, that is the purpose of wine. But every now and then, a wine lover experiences a wine that is so profound, they are stopped in their tracks and left speechless by what they have in their glass. . I've been lucky to have experienced so many great wines over the past sever [...]