Monday, April 21, 2014

Domaine du Haut des Terres Blanches Chateauneuf du Pape, 1994

Easter dinner with roast lamb: what better occasion for a mature Chateauneuf du Pape?

The brownish amber color suggests that this 1994 might be overly mature, but one sip dismisses that idea. This is a beautiful wine. Cherries, strawberries, lots of Grenache ripeness. Now some spices and herbs. Good bouquet, but it's on the palate that this wine really shines. Savory sea salt counters the wild berry ripeness. Layers and layers of flavor with perfect balance. This wine is really shining. No hard edges or off flavors.

Domaine du Haut des Terres Blanches is not very widely marketed in the United States, and all of the bottles I bought in Kalamazoo and Ann Arbor during the mid- to late-1990s were very well priced. Yet the vineyards are well situated, just to the west of Domaine Pegau, and this bottle certainly shows its class. It is head and shoulders above the very good 1993 Pegau Cuvee Reservee I had three weeks ago for my birthday.

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