Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Domaine Des Senechaux Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2003


While in New York last fall we stopped by Chelsea Wine Vault to pick up a few bottles of wine. Drinking California wines all of the time we wanted to try something different while out of state. We gave them a price range and description of our taste, and asked them to put together a selection for us. They did a great job. We have had two of the bottles so far, both great, and tonight we opened the Domaine Des Senechaux Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2003 and had it with BBQ'd pork chop with wine braised fennel, onion, celery and radish. Quite good...
Domaine Des Senechaux is one of the oldest domaines in Chateauneuf-du-Pape with a history dating back to the 14th century. In 1993 it was purchased by Pascal Roux, owner of Chateau Du Trignon. Roux revamped and modernized the wine making facility and payed a lot of care and attention to the 27 hectares of grapes, and the result is now, 14 years later, an estate recognized as on of the finest in Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
My first impression of the nose, immediately after pouring this wine, was big aromas of newly crushed raspberry and blackberry. Beautiful! After some time in the glass that impression mellowed and gave way to a little more floral aroma with a hint of licorice, still very big on the darker berries though...
On the palate, the beautiful berries again, with a spicy note and nice, big tannins that gives this medium/full bodied wine a long finish. Over all a very good wine!
We payed $38 for this wine but searching online I found it from $29.95 at http://www.wine-searcher.com/. A great price for this truly beautiful wine.


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