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Hi there folks,
i have come across Chateauneuf de Papes 2005, St Clementin for rather what i think a reasonable price. I am considering buying a few bottles at least. But wanted to ask if there is anyone who may have tasted the vintage and give me any opinions, and tasting notes etc..
Thanks in advance
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Yes of course i meant red Irwin, thanks for your reply though. I used to live in Istanbul for over 10 years until the last year but now i have moved to the west coast of Turkey that is similar to US's California both in climate and landshape, not to mention it is half responsible for my new acquired enthusiasm for wines. There ia an emerging market for small family owned wineries where i live now, that is Urla near the town of Izmir.
Mahmet, I don't believe the Saint Clémentin Chateauneuf is imported to the U.S. Robert Parker has never reviewed it, or at least there's no review of it on his website. In October 2007 he reviewed 564 CdNs from 2005 and 2006 but did not mention Clémentin.

2005 was an excellent year for CdN, but that doesn't necessarily mean that they're all good. Perhaps you can find reviews in the French or British wine press -- try Google.

Let us know what you learn, and post your own tasting notes.

Have a great new year!
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Originally posted by mehmet cabuk:
Yes of course i meant red Irwin, thanks for your reply though. I used to live in Istanbul for over 10 years until the last year but now i have moved to the west coast of Turkey that is similar to US's California both in climate and landshape, not to mention it is half responsible for my new acquired enthusiasm for wines. There ia an emerging market for small family owned wineries where i live now, that is Urla near the town of Izmir.


Please keep us informed of new Turkish wines!

For what it is worth, I love your country, I've vacationed in Istanbul as well as on the West Coast of Turkey, and I think you may be selling your country a bit short when comparing its west coast to ours. (I have to tell you, Kusadasi is one of my favorite places on Earth to visit... I've never stayed in Izmir but I did have a good lunch there once Smile )

As far as the 2005 vintage is concerned, I've only had a couple, but they were terrific. I cannot say I've tried the wine you mentioned, however.
Thanks a lot for the replies, and yes probably it is a kind that doesn't get to be imported into the US. I am intending to keep them another year before i taste them but i will post my tasting notes when i do. Yes i know i undermarketed my own country by comparing to the west coast US but but didn't want to sound too chauvenistic either. Otherwise yes, Turkey probably has some of the best few coastlines and unspoiled nature and intense historic, archaeological heritage. When the world archaeolgy comes up it usually is limited to Greek and Roman in the minds of most people from the Western hemisphere. They don't go back earlier than 1000 B.C. but here i am doing tours in Turkey including visits to 8.000-10.000 years old sites-some of the earliest human settled places in the world. And back to the wine, our region is where the first wine of the world comes from. Turkey is a nation that has a secular regime and therefore for centuries, alcohol was a taboo. In the last century, we have a bit deviated from Islamic ways and now are -at least a considerable percentage of the nation- are alcohol consumers. But the alcohol industry is more geared to the satisfaction of the traditional 'raki'. It is the same thing with Greek ouzo. Wine is just becoming but there are exciting developments. Every year a few newcomers are coming into the market.

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