And on the state monopoly there was the 2010, so why not pair the two vintages, 46 years apart, together over Saturday dinner!
1964 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve, H. Ogier & Fils
Poured right out of the bottle it looks very pale, but the scents that rise from the glass are anything but fragile. A big, brawny, sweet nose with notes of dried strawberries, muscovado sugar, wet pipe tobacco, dried flowers and a touch of wet dog. After a while a whole autumn forest oozes up from the glass.
The taste is big, warm and spicy with lots of dried berries, cold coffee, autumn forest, old chocolate and tobacco. A very long, warm, fine finish. The tannins have all melted away. Not that complex but a yummy mouthful of mature Châteauneuf.
87p (tasted 2013/06)
And now for something completely different - A young, upfront, fiery, in your face kind of nose with notes of hot blueberries, rosehips, warm rosemary, white pepper and meat stock. After an hour in a decanter the same autumn forest aromas as in the 64, albeit younger, emerges - interesting! A fine warm spicy scent. Deep. This needs time. The nose is very good.
The taste is on the other hand a bit unbalanced with fiery, dry tannins, a big, strapping fruit and a long, hot finish. Lots of cooked dark cherries, blueberries, rosemary and dark chocolate. Very, very long. Ends with a alcohol stick. Needs plenty of time, and it will hopefully become more integrated. It have been standing in a open decanter since last night - will get back to it in a couple of hours and see what have happened, but for the showing last night it gets
82p (tasted 2013/06)