Wednesday, August 02, 2006
1999 Domaine de Grand Tinel CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE (Southern Rhone, France)
(Truncated, non-scored notes from memory). I was expecting more from this one. It seemed just a tad past its peak. Earthy, leathery, cherry and raspberry scents. Full and peppery on the palate, but it seemed to lack the depth and concentration I expect from a good estate in Chateauneuf in a very good vintage. Interestingly, this 7-year old wine had thrown no discernible sediment, strongly suggesting that overzealous filtering may be to blame.