Châteauneuf Rge 2009 – Wine Advocate
The stunning 2009 Châteauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes (from 80-100 year old vines) gives some credibility to the vignerons’arguments that in the drought-stricken 2009 growing season, the northem Châteauneuf du Pape parcels were less impacted than those in the south. Domaine la Milliere’s vineyards are all in the northem sector. The deep ruby/purple-hued possesses abundant blackerry, black cherry and cassis fruit intermixed with notions of camphor, truffes, garrigue and licorice. Dense, thick and rich, it is potentially one of the few 2009 Châteauneuf du Pape that will eclipse its 2007 counterpart. An opulent, voluptuous texture, long finish and heady combinaison of herbs and super-concentrated fruit make for a wine that can be drunk upon release or cellared for 12-15 years.