2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Speciale Wines Offer Nice Surprises
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The 2014 Chateauneuf du Pape harvest is in full bloom. Growers are picking all over the Southern Rhone Valley. The conditions for picking have been good so far. It’s been sunny and warm until recently in Chateauneuf du Pape. Some rain is falling and temperatures are going to drop a bit over the next few days. One thing we know for certain is growers will have a lot more wine with 2014. 2014 could be the biggest crop since 2007. After 2013, this is welcome news. But, as the old saying goes, it’s not over until it’s over. And it ain’t over yet! In other words, it’s far too soon to discuss the 2014 vintage as the grapes have not even fully arrived at the cellars. While it’s too early to know much about 2014, it’s not too early to talk about the recently bottled 2012 Chateauenuf du Pape wines I tasted in late June.
Drinking wine is fun. Tasting wine is almost as much fun. But trust me on this, tasting a single vintage in one day is a lot of work. It’s taxing on your palate and concentration. Often, it’s the surprises encountered during the tasting that keep you awake and focused becuase those wines really stand out. I really like the style of 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape wines with thier freshness, clean, silky fruits and forward personality. Some domaines were not as successful as I had hoped. Others made strong wines and a vew producers turned out sublilme efforts.
With the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape wines, alcohol levels for most producers were in the 14%-14.5% range instead of 15% and over. For tasters that did not enjoy the richer, more alcoholic wines from 2009 and 2010, this is vintage they should enjoy. The wines are easy to drink and even easier to like. While they lack the concentration of years lke 2010, they are fresh, pure and charming. My previous report from last week looked at the regular 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape wines. There were definitely some wines that merited buying. In this report, there are also wines well worth taking a look at. At their best, there are estates that made 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape wines that transcend the vintage. In fact, a few wines really stood out and made an impression, due to their supple, open style and character. As you will see, there are definitely some 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape wines worth taking a serious look at.
2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition Regular Cuvees Already Showing Well 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape 300×200 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition Regular Cuvees Already Showing Well 2012 Chateauneuf is a good, but not great vintage. The style of wines however, is a turn on. They are not massive, super ripe, highly alcoholic or intensely tannic, concentrated wines. Instead, they are lush, elegant charmers with good color that will drink well young. There is a freshness and purity in the fruit that really comes through. You can enjoy them while you wait for the 2010′s to come around. The first wine of any tasting gets you going. To some, it gets the juices flowing like the smell of napalm in the morning. This is a good thing because unbeknownst to me, ona warm day in June, I was faced tasting close to 200 Chateauneuf du Pape wines in one day. If that sounds like a lot of wine to you, trust me on this, it looks even scarier when the corks are popped and that army of bottles stands in front of you. By 9:30 in the morning, after my one and only espresso kicked in, I dug in and started tasting wine. I have close to 75 more 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape wines to report on. Those are the high end, cuvee especiale wines. I should have that published in a few days. There are some very nice wines in that report and a few outstanding wines that 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape wines that transcend the vintage. 2012 BARVILLE BROTTE – Soft and sweet, there is a spicy quality to the lush black raspberry filled wine that keeps you focused. 90 Pts 2012 DOMAINE DU BOSQUET DES PAPES TRADITION -Soft, silky and smooth, the red fruits are sweet, polished and filled with spice with freshness. This is quite nice. From a blend of 75% Grenache, 12% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and 3% Cinsault. 92 Pts 2012 DOMAINE LES CAILLOUX – 5 spice and red fruits are quickly followed by a medium bodied, elegantly styled, sweet, ripe, spicy, kirsch filled wine. The wine was produced from a blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 12% Syrah and 3% Cinsault. 90 Pts 2012 Caves Saint Pierre – With good color, the wine serves up roasted, sweet, spicy fruits with a supple, maraschino cherry core. 88 Pts 2012 CLOS DU CAILLOU – Soft, ripe, sweet, spicy fruits taste good and feel even better on your palate from his Grenache dominated wine that was blended with 2% Mourvedre and reached 15% alcohol. 91 Pts 2012 CLOS DU MONT OLIVET – Black cherry liqueur in character, with peppery notes and garrigue, the wine is soft, lush and forward. From a blend 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 6% Mourvedre and 3% Cinsault, the wine reached 15% alcohol. 90 Pts 2012 DOMAINE LA CONSONNIERE – Fresh, sweet and lively, the wine retains its core of sweet red fruit all the way through. Produced from a blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Mourvedre the wine reached 15% alcohol. 90 Pts 2012 DOMAINE DUSEIGNEUR CATARINA – Polished, juicy black cherries and rich plums with the right amount of sweetness, earth and spice. 89 Pts 2012 DOMAINE LA FAGOTIERE – Sweet, fresh raspberries in a lighter styled wine will show best in its youth. 85 Pts 2012 CHATEAU DE LA FONT DU LOUP – Peppery kirsch sensations coupled with silky textures and a spicy, black raspberry finish. From a blend of 65% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, 15% Syrah and 5% Cinsault. The wine reached 15% alcohol. 91 Pts 2012 DOMAINE PUY ROLLAND FONT DU LOUP VIEILLES VIGNES – Strong garrigue notes mesh with red and black raspberry tones. This medium bodied, peppery wine is already serving up the goods in this 100% Grenache wine. 90 Pts 2012 DOMAINE GIRAUD PEMICES – Fresh cut herbs and crushed red fruits combine to produce a sweet, silky, kirsch filled wine of pure, forward drinking pleasure. 90 Pts 2012 DOMAINE GIRAUD TRADITION – From a Syrah heavy blend of 60% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre, there is a mineral component that comes through, along with fennel, fresh herb, plum and cherry tones. On the palate, there is a mouthful of sweet, fleshy, fresh red fruits and spice that lingers. 92 Pts 2012 DOMAINE DU GRAND TINEL – Blending 80% Grenache with 20% Syrah produced a rich, ripe and easy to drink wine with an essence of fresh, peppery, dark, lush, red berries. 91 Pts 2012 DOMAINE L’ABBE DINE – Spicy, peppery and filled with ripe red fruits, the soft, forward wine ends with a cherry griotte finish. 89 Pts 2012 MAISON GABRIEL MEFFRE LAURUS – Luscious in character, with ripe, sweet, spicy berries and jam, the ripe fruits really show well. 90 Pts 2012 DOMAINE DE LA MILLIERE VIEILLES VIGNES – Blending 60% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, 10% Cinsault and 10% Counoise, the wine reached 14.5% alcohol A blast of garrigue and kirsch, with soft, sweet, ripe, juicy red fruits that stick with you. 90 Pts 2012 CHATEAU MONGIN – Oak, along with dark, sweet ripe berries and round textures are in evidence, but the oak does not fade into the fruit. 87 Pts 2012 DOMAINE DE LA MORDOREE LA REINE DE BOIS – Deep in color, with just a hint of oak along with the flowery, spicy, jammy, smoky, black raspberry filled perfume. Sweet, sexy, lush and plush, the fruit is ripe, sensuous and fresh. This will probably rise in score as the wine ages and the oak integrates. Made from a blend of 80% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 5% Vaccarese, 2.5% Counoise and 2.5% Syrah, the wine reached 15% alcohol with no touch of heat. 94 Pts 2012 CHATEAU MONT THABOR – Sweet cherry and garrigue filled the air. The wine offers ample richness, intensity and lush textures and ample freshness. Produced from a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault, the wine reached 15.9% alcohol. 91 Pts 2 lively. 89 Pts 2012 CHATEAU DE VAUDIEU – Medium bodied and elegantly styled, there is a good sweetness and fresh character to the polished, peppery, ripe red fruits on the palate. Made from a blend of 75% Grenache and 15% Syrah, the wine reached 15% alcohol. 91 Pts 2012 DOMAINE DU VIEUX DONJON – Roses, kirsch and spice create the nose. The wine is fresh, supple and invigorating with its peppery, kirsch and spicy blackberry essence. The wine was made from a blend of 75% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah and 5% Cinsault. 92 pts Read more: http://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/2014/09/2012-chateauneuf-du-pape-tradition-regular-cuvees-already-showing-well/#ixzz3D2GOtBNV