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Spring Salon at Chateauneuf du Pape

cdpimage.jpgstanislas.jpgTo CDP early on a sunday morning…sipping full bodied red wine at 10.10am, ouch! The event: The spring “Les Printemps, 1er Salos des Vins tasting for professionals and the public at the Salle Dufays hall in the village of Chateauneuf, some 60+ vignerons showing their wines, vintages generally from 2005 to 2008, though many 2007s were missing..all fully sold.Highlights of the tasting: The whites from Gardine, the mineral 2008 and the super lush 60% Rousanne “Vieilles Vignes”, the humble white Cotes du Rhone from Janesse effectively a declassified CDP because of the vintage, a lot of delicious  wine for €10, the various spicy cuvees of Roger Sabon, the super stylish 2005 Cuvee des Cadettes from La Nerthe etc etc. Most interesting for me was the re-tasting of Stanilas Wallut’s (pictured above) 2007 Domaine Villeneuve , a wine our “study group” had admired when we visited last September and tasted the wine from the tank.. Stanislas was still trying to finish what was proving to be a problem fermentation. I had subsequently read with amazement that this wine had scored the bottom mark in a blind tasting of 200 CDPs in a recent issue of Decanter. I probed Stanislas for the answer to this mystery..how had such a promising wine fared so badly. Apparently he’d been forced, reluctantly, not wanting to miss out,to send a sample to the tasting before bottling and still with some unfermented residual sugar…not surprisingly the tasting panel were not impressed. But the truly weird thing is that Bob Parker has given this wine a 94 point score….Stan’s highest to date…and Parker’s sample was dispatched from the tank even before the one that went to the Decanter tasting panel, what does that say about the sweetness of the Wine Emperor’s tooth! By the way I thought the wine was showing magnificently though its true even now in its technically fully fermented form there is just a lingering sweetness to the finish, though the overall impression is of power and ultra ripe fruit.For more on Stan’s wines visit:http:www.domainedevilleneuve.com



3 Responses to “Spring Salon at Chateauneuf du Pape”

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