I recently purchased 6 bottles of 2005 Domaine La Milliere Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes from WineAccessDirect @ $31.99 each, no tax or shipping.
As I was putting the new wine away in my cellar, I compared the label to that of the 2003 Domaine La Milliere Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes, and I noticed a couple of differences.
The two vintages were imported by different companies: the 2003 by North Berkeley Imports in California, and the 2005 by Village Wine Imports in NYC. The labels differ, mostly regarding information about the different importers.
However, what troubles me is that while the front label of the 2003 includes the words "Cuvee Unique," those words are missing from the 2005.
North Berkeley's website indicates that their bottles of the 2005 also include the words "Cuvee Unique" on the label. Again, those words are missing from the 2005 imported by Village Wine Imports, the wine I purchased.
Does this difference simply reflect the different importers, or are there in fact two different 2005 Chateauneuf-du-Pape bottlings from Domaine La Milliere, a "Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes" and a "Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 'Cuvee Unique'"?
Or could the wine I purchased, which was advertised by WineAccessDirect as having received high marks from RP and IWC, be a lesser cuvee?
I'd appreciate your thoughts on the subject.