The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve, which was made from frighteningly low yields, has a whopping 16.5% alcohol, compared to the 2010's 16.4, yet it is not even noticeable, given the luxurious concentration and extraordinary depth and richness this wine possesses. A phenomenal example of opulence, super concentration, old vine viticulture, and impeccable winemaking, this black/blue/purple wine displays notes of spring flowers, graphite, blueberries, blackberries, licorice and some charcoal notes, even though it is aged totally in old wood foudres. Given its opulence, it can be drunk relatively early on, but this wine will keep for15-20 years, based on how slowly vintages such as 1999 and 2000 are aging.
Glass-staining purple. High-pitched, spicy aromas of raspberry liqueur, potpourri, garrigue and white pepper. At once deep and lively, with impressive energy and silky texture to the sweet red fruit and floral pastille flavors. The spicy quality carries through on the tactile, palate-staining finish.