TN: Chateauneuf du Pape at Nice Matin NYC

nice group gathered Wednesday night at Nice Matin for Chateauneuf-du-Pape night. Great to see a bunch of friends, some of whom I hadn?t seen in a couple of years. Nice table, nice service, nice stemware, Nice Matin. There was a nice cauliflower soup amuse, I started with escargots and had a main of duck, escarole, and sweet potato.
2006 Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc I?m not a white Rhone fan but I don?t think even a Roussanne/Marsanne fanatic would find this enjoyable. Volatile/chemical nose, I said I have household cleaners that smell better. Better on the palate, but what wouldn?t be? Hot and volatile, with bitter edge to the fruit. But it got better, started as a D, became a C-
1983 Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Some thought this past it, but I found enjoyable. Red fruit, pepper and spice, light on texture, high acids. I thought mature but not tired, though not especially Rhonish. One person said it reminded him of mature Rioja, and I?d agree, but I like mature Rioja. B/B+
1990 Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape Red and black fruit, smoked meat and herbs, full bodied and drinking well. A-/B+
1995 Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Sturdy rather than flashy, but nice black fruit, smoke, garrigue. Some tannin left, held up well. B/B+
1998 Pegau Cuvee Reservee Chateauneuf-du-Pape Ripe, a little barnyard, earth, I liked but others loved. B+/B
1999 Beaucastel Hommage a Jacques Perrin Chateauneuf-du-Pape Wine of the night for me. Unlike some prestige cuvee CdPs this is not about ?more, one of the more perfectly balanced southern Rhones I?ve run across. Black cherries, cassis, a pleasant earthy funk, smoked meat. Nice length. A-
2001 Rayas Pignan Reserve Chateauneuf-du-Pape Most divisive wine of the night, I was on pro side. Lots of herby/stemmy notes which others didn?t like but I found added complexity, red fruited, elegant for CdP.. B+/A-
2003 Pegau Cuvee Reservee Chateauneuf-du-Pape I thought this was surprisingly well balanced for 2003, it?s big and ripe but not excessively roasted or hot. Some exotic sandalwoody aromas on solid fruit. B/B+
2000 Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape This actually seemed riper than the ?03 Pegau, fully mature, a touch hot, with fruit beginning to edge towards pruney and a lack of acid. B-
Very fun night, I liked almost all the wines, I liked all the people! Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent wine, B a good wine, C drinkable. Anything below C means I wouldn't drink at a party where it was only choice.Furthermore, I offer no promises of objectivity, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.
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DaleW

Wow. I'm not a big CdP blanc fan, either, but this sounds off in a serious way.
I opened a bottle of this not so long ago, but mine was compromised by TCA. It was a shame, because there was a very nice wine evident beneath the maderization.
Yeah, not my favorite vintage of Pegau. I drank all mine up a few years ago and there was a palpable sense of ripeness to them.
2000 as a year was too low in acid IMO. I drank mine up (or traded them away).
Lots of nice wines there, Dale, including a few (Rayas, Perrin) that I don't usually see. Thanks for the notes!
Mark Lipton
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Mark Lipton

I only bought a few '00 CdP, didn't care for and tucked away a very few to see if improved, think I have single bottles of P Usseglio, Vieux Donjon, and Charvin, will try soon with low expectations But as a not frequent CdP drinker, overall I was happy with night
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DaleW

I liked the '98 Pegau but '01 was far more structured and a bit more restrained in character. '99 was a charmer of a vintage. The Charvin you should definitely hang onto: he can make good wine in even a hot year. These days, I only buy VT, Pegau and Charvin (even Beaucastel has become too clean for my tastes since '05) and I don't buy that much of them, either.
Mark Lipton
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