Chateauneuf du Pape 2005 red wine review
Chateauneuf du Pape 2005
A great, accessible year. Those that like it describe it as a year for big wines, but not as porty as 2007 but some reviews still think the 2005 wines (depending on producer) are fruit bombs (in a negative way). I have even seen wines derided as being Californian (and I mean that in the nicest way).
These two are both 100% grenache (unusual). They are both, however, very Chateauneuf in style: big wines, dry dusty tannin structure, the aromas of spice and Provence herbs (garrigue). The first wine perhaps more than the second shows its grenache by a stronger raspberry fruit lift.
Domaine Giraud ‘Les Grenache de Pierre’, Chateauneuf du Pape 2005
Herbs and spice on the nose as described above.
A big, round wine which avoids tasting hot or overbalanced. The dusty, spicy tannins are important, but pleasant. This is a big, but still elegant wine, with a shape like a powered up Burgundy. At a quoted price of $60-odd dollars a bottle this wine seems terrific value. Score 5/7.
Domaine Janasse, Chaupin, Chateauneuf du Pape 2005
Quite dense. This wine is bigger in every way: more extracted: heavier power and more depth, but notably a high alcohol wine. The alcohol definitely adds size, but also adds heat and seems to dry the palate out a bit. Nevertheless this is a serious, classy (if very full bodied) wine with length, depth and classic Chateauneuf tannin structure.
International prices of less than AU$80 a bottle seem to make this wine very good value. Score 5/7 (including losing a point for being hot).