Posted on Oct, 20. 2010 by Will Richey
The 2001 Domaine Duclaux, Chateauneuf du Pape is yet another example of perfectly aged wine that is ready to drink now showing both the nuance of aging and the youthfulness and power of its fruit. Dark and peppery, medium in body and long in the finish. This is an unparalleled Cheese Board wine, it is great with a meal (I had the duck, an excellent counterpart) but when I open my next bottle it will be with some crusty bread and a few moderately aggressive cheeses, perhaps a bit of something blue and certainly a well old Comte.
For a classic producer it was nice to see that his wines were not overly cleaned up as negociants are want to do. There is weight and meatiness to this bottling but not the overly alcoholic style that has gained ground in the Rhone. Beyond the dark Syrah fruit and classic black pepper there is the earthy qualities of the Grenache giving it dried fruit aspects of fig and plum, this is added to by the earth and leather brought to the package by age it has. Age is wonderful thing here but I will inform you that I had trouble with the corks in the two bottles I opened for dinner. The wines both showed perfectly however, -that is to say don’t judge a wine by its cork (unless of course that cork has tainted the wine, but then only the wine can tell you that).
Cliff Clavin point of interest: [Corks are presented at the dinner table to check for saturation. If the wine has not been stored properly, ie. on its side, the cork will be dry. This is not really an issue these days but the ritual remains. There is very little you can tell about a wine from its cork besides this.]
To sum up, this is a fine old Rhone -a worthy Chateauneuf in a very classic style. We will not see a better wine for Thanksgiving come down the pike as it is hard to find CNDP with this kind of age and ready drink-ability at this price.
2001 Jerome Quiot, Chateauneuf du Pape. France
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Retail Price: $35.00