2007 domaine font de michelle, chateauneuf-du-pape, elegance de jeanne
Why We're Buying
Glowing critical reviews are commonplace for Domaine Font de Michelle Châteauneuf-du-Pape Elegance De Jeanne. The Southern Rhône red blend has been called “decadent,” “outstanding,” and “almost shockingly graceful.” The estate only releases 200 or so cases per year, so demand is feverish.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A new offering, the outstanding 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Elegance de Jeanne (only 200 cases produced) was made from 108-year-old Grenache vines grown in the famed eastern Chateauneuf du Pape lieu-dit called La Crau. Although it possesses the lightest color of these three 2007s, it also has the most concentration and intensity. Sultry, sexy, brash, exuberant notes of black cherries, raspberries, balsam wood, lavender, and licorice soar from the glass of this garish display of 100% old vine Grenache. Beautifully pure, round, full-bodied, and dense, it is hard to resist at present, but it should evolve easily for 12-15+ years.
Glass-staining ruby. Decadent, highly perfumed aromas of black raspberry, kirsch, potpourri and incense, with a smoky undertone. Lush, palate-staining red and dark berry compote flavors are given spine by juicy acidity and gain sweetness and power with air. For a big, weighty wine this is almost shockingly graceful. The finish repeats the dark fruit and smoke notes and leaves spices and minerals behind, eventually. Two-thirds of this cuvee, which had no name when I tasted it from barrel last year and called it "Vieilles Vignes," is from century-old grenache vines in La Crau.
A solid, traditional-hued version, with perfumy sandalwood and chestnut notes up front, followed by alluring black tea, mulled currant and fig fruit. The long, stylish finish has nice underlying grip. Grenache.