2007 Domaine du Vieux Lazaret Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Rating: ★★½☆☆

Vintage: 2007
Producer: Domaine du Vieux Lazaret
Variety: Red Rhone Blend
Designation: N/A
Region: France
Sub-region: Rhone, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
ABV: 14.5%
Price: $39 (BC LDB)

He says: There’s nothing particularly horrible about this wine, yet there’s nothing particularly great about it either. It’s solid, has good fruit on the palate, but really lacks in complexity of flavours and finish, and the alcohol definitely is hot. I think it just got its ass kicked by the wine we tasted alongside it. Still, at $40 we’re expecting a bit more.

She says: This tasting was a great example of the value for money you can get from similar regions with lesser known names, in this case, Gigondas. This Châteauneuf-du-Pape paled in comparison beside the Les Pallières. Whilst it was a decent wine with nice sweet red fruit, black cherry and spicy notes, the finish was quite hot as the 14.5% alcohol kicked in. At nearly $40 a bottle, not even its papal history can justify this price tag for me.

Tasting note

Looks like: Clear, med+ ruby, good concentration
Smells like: Clean, med- intensity, hints of development, spiced sweet red fruit, leather, earth/mushroom
Tastes like: Dry, med acid, med body, med intensity, med+ alcohol, med tannin, red fruit, coffee, tart fruit finish, some bitter cherry notes, med length
Summary: Good, Can Develop Further

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