The pope says, "Throughout the southern Rhone, 2007 is the greatest vintage I have tasted in my 30 years working in that region...As for Chateauneuf du Pape...It is the greatest vintage of my lifetime for this reason, and I don't say that lightly." Roberto Parker....
Although every year seems to bring another "vintage of the century", I must say that I'm pretty excited about what's coming out in '07 Chateauneuf. Although prices are higher than an average everyday bottle of wine, Chateauneuf never seems to disappoint.
What's available now: 2007 Vieux Donjon
The review: 94-96 Points "The three component parts of the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape, Syrah from the estate’s holdings in Pialons, old vine Grenache from sandy terroirs, and Mourvedre, are all brilliant, hence the estimated rating of (94-96). The wine reveals a dense purple color along with a gorgeous bouquet of camphor, licorice, graphite, sweet red and black fruits, smoked meats, and a hint of charcoal. Full-bodied and pure with plenty of Provencal garrigue and meaty characters, this superb, chewy red should turn out to be their finest effort since the 1998 and 1990. It is a classic, traditionally made Chateauneuf du Pape to drink between 2013-2026." Wine Advocate