After graduating from college in 1996, I became interested in wine and discovered the Wine Advocate. One of Robert Parker’s particular passions was the Rhone valley and I dissected his book on the subject. His writings inspired me to seek out the wines from CDP, which at the time represented tremendous values. Scouring the local wine shops, I was able to find several CDPs from the ’88, ’89, and ’90 vintages. The wines were rich, complex, and fascinating. Those memories were still fresh on my mind in October 1999 when I read Parker’s glowing review of the 1998 vintage, which he called “a thrilling year in Châteauneuf du Pape.” I raced out to grab several of the just released bottles and began to taste through them. The wines, with their smooth textures and rich fruit flavors, were delicious. I envisioned enjoying the ’98 CDPs in my old age as they reached their peak, and I loaded up on several producers. However, my view of these wines has changed drastically since then. About a year ago, I began to open some ‘98s which Parker rated very highly and have been extremely disappointed. The wines have not developed the complex aromas that I associate with top notch CDP. Many of the wines smell of alcohol and taste of roasted fruit.

2007 is perhaps the most anticipated vintage in CDP since 1998. Robert Parker just released his final report on the ‘07 CDPs and has declared that “this is a truly historic and profoundly great vintage.” However, I have my doubts about the vintage. In March of this year, I attended a ‘07 CDP tasting and left wondering if the year was a repeat of ’98. The wines were very rich and showed a tremendous amount of upfront fruit. Like the ‘98s, the ‘07s are very appealing right out of the gate, but even flashier. In the eleven years since the ‘98 vintage, many growers have pushed back their harvest dates and pick much riper fruit. In addition, many of the CDPs produced today contain a much higher percentage of syrah than they did twenty years ago. Syrah used to only represent a fraction of the final blend, but there are many ‘07s that contain 30% or more. In the hot climate of CDP, Syrah grapes tend to get very ripe. As a result, many of today’s CDP have dark, jam-like flavors that were not traditionally found in CDP.  It is highly unlikely that they will develop the classic bouquet that is a signature of the region. In an effort to produce more intense wines that show well at a young age, the growers have quietly created a new category: Shiraz du Pape.
 


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