Paul Jaboulet Aine Cornas les grandes terrasses 2007

88 points

Cornas, North Rhone. 13.5%

Some nice fresh cool fruit without being peppery or stalky. Clean and clear, but not particularly exciting. Lacks flavour concentration. There are more exciting cool climate shiraz in Australia.

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Domaine des Lises Crozes Hermitage 2006

88+ points

Crozes-Hermitage, France. 13%

From Maxime Graillot, son of Alan, famous Crozes-Hermitage producer. This vintage is quite a confronting wine. It’s not green but it reeks of stalky floral flavour. And black pepper.

It’s been near impossible to drink until now when it’s starting to calm down and put on some flesh. I find it hard to believe this wine will ever be more than characterful, but I’m optimistic.

Interesting to give to someone used to warm climate shiraz. I don’t think they would ever guess it is the same grape.

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Roger Sabon Chateauneuf Du-Pape 2006 cuvee prestige

91 points

Southern Rhone, France. 15%

I recall an earlier vintage of this wine, probably 10 years ago at least, as sumptuous and distinctly herby, an exciting luxurious treat. This is different, less opulent.

I’m not a fan of Grenache yet in C-D-P they avoid it getting so fruity, lollylike.

This is savoury, complex, and the alcohol isn’t noticeable. Still young with good acid.

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Roger Sabon Chateauneuf Du-Pape 2006 cuvee prestige

91 points

Southern Rhone, France. 15%

I recall an earlier vintage of this wine, probably 10 years ago at least, as sumptuous and distinctly herby, an exciting luxurious treat. This is different, less opulent.

I’m not a fan of Grenache yet in C-D-P they avoid it getting so fruity, lollylike.

This is savoury, complex, and the alcohol isn’t noticeable. Still young with good acid.

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