The last time I tried this 1998 Notre Dame des Cellettes, I thought I detected some signs of age. Not so here; this bottle is very well preserved and better than many 1998 Chateauneuf du Papes in my cellar.
Medium deep ruby. No sign of new oak barriques. Beautiful scents of fresh red berries, spring flowers and mint. Excellent balance. Ripe red and black fruits framed by fruit tannins and acid. Classy wine; could be mistaken for a Northern California Pinot Noir. Good with food (I had it with grilled salmon) or on its own.