Hachette's Guide to French Wines (2002) consider this one of the top Chateauneufs of the 1998 vintage, and that was the major reason I bought a few bottles. A decade and a bit later, I am not disappointed.
The bouquet is intense and deep--everything I expect from a traditionally made Chateauneuf du Pape. Spice, cherries, garrigue and black pepper. A little bit of barnyard funk, but it's the funk that I love in old-style Chateauneuf du Pape. Smells and flavors are high toned and intense. Heady and full bodied with savory well defined fruit on the finish.