Wednesday, September 26, 2012

2009 Domaine des Sénéchaux Châteauneuf-du-Pape

This CdP of Southern Rhone France opened with a nice aroma of cherries and spice. We found that its flavors mirrored the nose and also displayed a heavy vegetal component and a hint of licorice. The spicy red fruit was nice, but found the green pepper was a bit overwhelming. There was a little bit of heat (alcohol) on the back end, which wore off after we let it breathe. We felt the acidity was lacking making for a slightly flat wine. The mouth feel was great--medium to full in body with well balanced tannin. We expect a bit more complexity out of a Chat du Pape at this price, but it could very well be that it needs more time in the bottle. It will develop as years pass, so hold on drinking for now.

Body: medium to full
Approx. Cost: $35 Buy it here! 
Food Pairing: Grilled or Roasted Pork


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