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Friday, January 26, 2007

2001 Domaine de la Charbonnière Vacqueyras

This Châteauneuf-du-Pape ran me just around $20.

Earth and barnyard on the nose...not much fruit, perhaps a hint of some overripe blackberry.

Smooth tannins, medium bodied–lighter than I expected–black fruit: blackberry, plum, currant, a bit of funk, and lots of herbs.

The finish has an interesting smokey taste to it. The more it opens, the more a blueberry taste comes through on the back end of the palate and finish, but all behind strong herbal notes.

Not bad at all...I’m not sure how much wine at this price is available from France with this level of complexity, I'm guessing not much. I like it.

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