Chateauneuf-du-Pape Tasting Notes 2-22-01

Tasting hosted by Lauren Wojtowicz, with the help of Melissa Primiano

 

 

Winos in attendance: Rich, Steve, Lisa Marie, Brian, Cathy, Annabel, Lauren, Teresa, Mark

Honorary Winos in attendance: Melissa and Amy

7 wines were purchased for the tasting, though one wine was "corked" and not drinkable. The six remaining wines were a mixture of ’97 and ’98 vintages. Wine Spectator has ranked the ’98 vintage of southern Rhone wines in the mid-high ‘90’s, suggesting that these wines should be quite good, with excellent aging potential.

Here are the tasting notes and rankings. The wine’s placement in the tasting order is listed first, followed by the producer’s name, and its final ranking score and estimated price.

Wine Spectator's review of 1998 Southern Rhones

 

E. Guigal - 1997, ranked #1; released at $25, Lauren paid $29.

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*** Note: Wine Spectator rated this an "85"

 

  1. Les Closiers, Caves des Papes - 1998, ranked #5; released at $24

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*** Wine Spectator rated this a "91"

  1. Chateau de la Gardine - 1998, ranked #2; released at $34

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*** Wine Spectator rated this a "94"

4. Domaine Pontifical, ranked #4; purchased for $20.99

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  1. Chateau Cabrieres - 1998, ranked #3; rel. at $25, purchased for $35

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*** Wine Spetator rated this a "90"

  1. 1998 Caves de Papes…CORKED. And actually, it’s a good thing we couldn’t taste it, since it turns out this a Cote du Rhone, and not a Chateneuf du Pape. Sorry!
  2. La Bernadine – 1997, ranked #6; purchased for around $20?

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