Sunday, December 03, 2006

Chateau Crillon

We got a bottle of 1999 Chateau Crillon Cotes Du Ventoux from a friend Thanksgiving weekend and had it earlier this evening with a friend. I was not quite sure what to expect not having had a wine from this specific region of Languedoc before. This wine is made of 60% Grenach and 40% Syrah. It was very interesting to see how it changed. When I first poured the wine it had a almost "moldy" berry on the nose with an uninteresting, plain, fruity palate with short finish. So we opened the Koehler Syrah (review below) instead. But after letting it sit for an hour we thought we would give it a second try. What a change! Nice, earthy red currant and cranberries on the nose with more modest berries and fruit on the palate. Still not a huge finish, but more interesting with some nice tannins...
I am glad to have experienced this development of a wine in the bottle (I did not even think it was worth while decanting after my initial tasting...).

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