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1998 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Château de la Gardine Cuvée des Générations (750ml)
Producer: Château de la Gardine gardine.com
Appellation: Châteauneuf-du-Pape - Vallée du Rhône - France (AOC)
Type: red
Varietal: Grenache - Syrah - Mourvèdre
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Excellent
Est. Price: US$98.00
Tasting Notes:
rated: July 23, 2005 , Wine Spectator winespectator.com
94 points "This is ultra everything--ultrablack, ultrathick, ultrasmooth, ultrabig--but it works. With tar, petrol and superextracted black fruit, it tastes velvety and balanced, not at all heavy or new oakish. Drink now through 2010. 1,080 cases made. (PM)" Best 2000-2010
rated: July 23, 2005 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
94 points "The most modern-styled of these 1998 Chateauneuf du Papes, La Gardine's effort, which experiences moderate exposure to new oak, exhibits an opaque ruby/purple color along with an international nose of creme de cassis, vanillin, licorice, and floral scents. In the mouth, however, there is no doubting it is a Chateauneuf du Pape as Provencal flavors make an appearance. Full-bodied, extremely concentrated, tannic, and backward, it requires 4-5 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2025. Issue #131 rating: 93+ " Best 2006-2025