When I think steak, I think Gigondas. When lamb is on the menu, my taste buds crave a mature Chateauneuf du Pape. And this one from Domaine Lou Frejau is a perfect match for grilled lamb chops.
Characteristic mature brick color. Sediment crust in the bottle and some free floating sediment, but it doesn't affect the flavors. Medium intense smells of red berries, leather and Provencal herbs. Perfect. Savory flavors up front followed by a long, ripe finish. Good combination of savory and sweet. Some 1998s have started to fade a bit, but this one is going strong.