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A review of 2000 Châteauneuf-du-Papes was conducted at the village in mid-June 2008.
8 Tradition wines were tasted, and 11 Prestige Cuvée wines.
The wines contain a good Grenache presence – they are not grandiose, but have reached a good drinking stage now. They contain a balanced depth, and are now moving into their change to a second stage. Thus there are a few outcrops of damp woods and game in some of the aromas. The wines with less Grenache are still compact, and could benefit from another winter or two of ageing: these wines need to gain more integration and harmony.
The best Grenache wines can sing a very melodic tune as they age. This was always on the cards from the start, so the year has aged very consistently. There is good, bright fruit in the leading Tradition wines from this restricted sample. The sweetness is appealing, and the aromas varied. One or two bear the classic ageing Châteauneuf array of mixed aromas that forms such a fundamental part of this appellation`s charm.
2000 was also a year when oaking was fashionable, not all of it carried out with great finesse. Caramel and toffee influences can therefore be found, notably in the more modern Prestige wines.
Comments in the months following the harvest – in the spring of 1991, notably, included:
“1998 is the most tannic of the last 3 years, 1998, 1999 and 2000. The 2000 vintage fruit is pretty, and reminds me of 1990. Tannins are present, but are rounded.” Fréderic Albar, owner of La Mère Germaine, Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
“2000 was very ripe; we destemmed 60%, against 90% in more difficult years. The wines bear more fruit than the usual spice,” Christian Berthet-Rayne, Domaine Berthet-Rayne.
“We had no real heat until August. The wines are harmonious,” Alain Grangeon, Domaine de Cristia.
“2000 has less acidity than 1998 or 1999. We picked the Counoise on 2-3 October, and the Mourvèdre on 4 October – quite late. The fact that the summer was not that great until mid-August onwards meant that the Syrah could develop gradually, and so do well, ” Jean-Pierre Perrin, Château de Beaucastel.
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T = Tradition, P = Prestige.
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