2001 Domaine Charvin - Côtes du Rhône (France, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône)

2001 Domaine Charvin Côtes du Rhône (Le Poutet) - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône (12/14/2012)
-- popped and poured --
-- tasted non-blind over 4 hours --

NOSE: light raspberry, strawberry and red currant mélange; strong mineral note; lightly herby; a touch smoky or a slight matchstick note; moderate- to moderate expressiveness.

BODY: medium-light to medium bodied; garnet core with bricking throughout; color is of medium-light to medium depth.

TASTE: good acidity; drying tannin; moderately strong garrigue note; clean, with light concentration of typical, Grenache red fruit flavors; hint of sandalwood; fruit is very light; lots of acidity; 14% alc. is not noticeable; no point in holding off on these any longer: drink now.

B: 50, 5, 11, 15, 7 = (88 pts.)

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IMO, this was probably at peak two or three years ago.

As it is, I found this bottle very recently at a UK retailer that has excellent storage conditions, and the bottle looked like it was in excellent shape, and the price was good, so I figured it would be a fun little experiment. I don't regret buying it (I believe the bottle was sound), but I wouldn't buy another one --- not even to drink tomorrow.

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