Sunday 29 June 2014

Drinking Tonight - 1967 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Union Vinicole de Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Sunday - perfect to make pulled pork with a 6 hours cooking time. This time I made it with lots of garlic, red peppers, mushrooms and fresh herbs. I had a craving for a mature bottle to go along. Leaving all the 64´s aside, I found this bin end buy from a few weeks ago.

1967 was a great vintage in Châteauneuf. Broadbent gives it four stars and Parker gets emotional on the vintage - "marvellously rich, exotic, decadent wines with low acidity, huge body, and massive quantities of fruit, glycerine, and alcohol".
How could I resist bying it...? :-) Lets open it and see if it was worth the heavy tariff of 25 Euro...?

1967 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Union Vinicole de Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Right out of the bottle this is an old style charmer. Fully mature and offering a lot of pleasure during the hours in the afternoon it takes to finish the bottle. The nose alters all through the evening but the aromas of dried raspberries, lingonberries, autumn leaves, old glue, dog fur, rosehips and dried up balsam vinegar is there all along. Yummy! Old but perky still. Very good. Some dried strawberries at the end.
The taste is fully mature, round and soft with notes of lingonberry pie, rosehips. mushrooms, old chocolate and some red wine vinegar. There is a fine warmth in the medium long finish. No tannin resistance what so ever, but the acidity is good. Given this blind I would have guessed a 71 or 76 Burgundy...:-) I just love it when these spur of the moment buys delivers!
87p   (tasted 2014/06)

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