Monday, April 9, 2007

1999 Chateau La Roque Cupa Numismae

This wine is one of the leading cuvees of the property with a blend of 60% Syrah and 40% Mourvèdre. Bought from a Long Island wine shop for $17.

Chateau La Roque may not be the most notable property in Pic St. Loup appellation of Languedoc but their wines are always well made and well priced. Sad thing is that wines from this property are a quite hard to find in this country, especially New York City. Not a surprise due to the relatively small quantity produced.

Tasting notes:

Nose: Beautiful nose of smoked meat, sweetness of ripe fruit, faint herb. Very concentrated.

Palate: The nose carry through to the palette. Exhibiting waves of warm fruit. Mostly plum with red berry (most likely raspberry). Very concentrated. Not very complex but satisfying. With air, notes of herb, earth and spice round out the flavors.

Body: The beauty of this wine is in its balance. Full body and smooth. Tannins well integrated. Enough acidity to keep it interesting.

Finish: Medium long.

Comment: Had this over Easter dinner. Served with racks of lamb. Excellent match. This wine is drinking beautifully now that it was rare for us to finish the bottle in the same evening. This wine is still fresh and should be able to hold up until 2009-2010.

Side notes: Wine Spectator gave the 2004 regular bottling 88 points and selected it as wine of the day on 1/1/2007 with this notes:
"A creamy-tasting, seductive red, with loads of raspberry, plum and spice flavors. Plush texture, with plenty of mocha notes and hints of chocolate. Drink now. 4,000 cases made."

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