2005 Domaine Roger Perrin Chateauneuf-d-Pape Reserve Vieille Vignes

Before (or even after) I am called a baby-killer, let me say I bought a case of this wine and this is the first bottle I've opened. I took no notes. After a 2 hour splash decant, this wine was singing! Distinctly Old World in style, it reminded me of why I fell in love with Rhone wines in 1978. Acidity, soft tannins, and fruit were all in balance. This no fruit bomb. I loved it, maybe a 96. I don't know that I can hold off drinking this. I have two of the twelve bottles in Florida and will probably bring one to an offline.
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Appreciate the update on 05. I went long on VT, Mon Aieul and Clos de Papes. Aside from trying one each of the first two mentioned shortly after release I haven't touched them and don't think about them very often unless I read something like this. I'm headed to Napa next this week to see a good friend, maybe I'll bring one. I hope mine shows as well as yours.

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