2007 Domaine de la Charbonnière Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Vieilles Vignes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rhône France Wine Tasting Note

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2007 Domaine de la Charbonnière Cuvée Vieilles Vignes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 94

Drinking at peak, this superb, supple-textured, luscious, rich wine is packed with ripe, peppery black cherries and herbs. There is length, freshness, concentration and richness in the peppery tinged finish. Popped and poured, there is no reason not to be drinking this today. 94 Points

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Much better than the previous, bottle. Popped & poured, as the wine opened in the glass, the sensual textures really took hold. The ripe, juicy, spicy, kirsch and black cherry shined, from start to finish. Concentrated, full bodied and with no hard edges, this is drinking in the sweet spot. 94 Points

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Ready to go at 9 years of age. Soft, silky, kirsch fruits, garrigue and peppery notes. Medium bodied, elegant and developed, I'm drinking my remaining bottles over the next 5 years or so. I really like the way this feels and tastes, but it does not seem to have a lot of stuffing remaining for long term aging. This wine seems to be on a faster evolutionary curve than it was, only a few short years ago. 92 Points

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From a blend of 95% Grenache and 5% Mourvedre, the wine shows quite young. The fresh black raspberry, kirsch, truffle and thyme notes is coupled with a nice density of texture and more juicy kirsch in the finish. this is one of the more youthful 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape's tasted lately 92 Points

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When to Drink Domaine Charbonniere, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Domaine Charbonniere can be enjoyed on the young side. Young vintages can be popped and poured, or decanted for between 1-2 hours.This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Domaine Charbonniere is usually better with 2-5 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. In the best vintages the wine should be consumed within 4-20 years after the vintage.

Serving Domaine Charbonniere with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Domaine Charbonniere is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Domaine Charbonniere is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed dishes, barbecue, sausage, eggplant, tomato, cassoulet and cheese.

Domaine Charbonniere is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms pasta, eggplant and tomatoes.

The white wine of Domaine Charbonniere is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.

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