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Villeneuve - Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes
Like biting into a crisp red cherry. Elegant, seductive and refreshing. Very much alive after 10 years. Not overly complex but thoroughly enjoyable. Very nice drinking now; should have a few years left
Janasse - Cotes du Rhone Blanc
Still fresh and slightly floral with honeyed notes of age. A cozy accompaniment to our cheese course.
Grand Veneur - Chateauneuf du Pape Les Origines
Dark but by no means opaque. Leather, spice and some black fruits. Intense, exuberant, but also fresh. A real success for 2003. Double decanted an hour in advance. Continued to open throughout the meal. Very nice. Still youthful; more years ahead.
Viret - Solstice VdP Porte de Mediterranee
Light bodied, consistent with the poor vintage. Still vibrant with hints of fruit. For a meal or cheese
Rene et Vincent Dauvissat - Chablis La Forest 1er Cru
Still a bit closed but with an attractive combination of white flowers and seashells on the nose and a very mineral palate. Outstanding structure is its strong suit: acidity balanced with concentration and followed by great length. Still intellectual vs. hedonistic. Last sip was the best sip of all. A good sign. Try again in a year.