Medium light brick color. Dried berries, minerals, herbs and a bit of spice and pepper. Compared to earlier bottles, which were overly sweet and thin, this wine tonight is very dry and savory. It has the concentration that I expect from a Chateauneuf du Pape, and the flavors lingered in my memory for several minutes.
On the second night. this wine adds some menthol notes and seems deeper and more concentrated. Tasted alongside what was left of a 1994 Domaine Pegau Cuvee Reservee Chateauneuf du Pape, preserved well for two weeks under a Repour cork, this wine did not embarrass itself. This is now a good Chateauneuf du Pape. Did I, several years ago, open a 20-year-old Chateauineuf that was not yet ready to drink?