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With a dinner of a hastily thown-together pseudo-Jambalaya, I went to
the cellar for a CdR as a reasonable match. I came up with a bottle of
the '01 Dom. de la Grand Bois Cairanne 'Cuve Maximilien' which proved
to be hideously corked, so back down for a backup bottle, the '01 Clos
du Caillou, which thankfully proved to be devoid of taint:

nose: reticent at first (too cold), showing a brambly dark fruit and
minerals

palate: medium body, dark cherry fruit, pencil lead, herbs, spices,
silky tannins, good acidity

comments: This is a North Berkeley Import, but unlike so many of their
wines, it wasn't oaky in the least. In fact, it could have passed for a
good quality CdP, as concentrated and ageworthy as it was. From the
taste, I guessed that it had quite a bit of Mourvedre in the mix, but
Jancis says it's 85% Grenache, so forget that. Still, I'm glad that I
have more of this in the cellar and I don't plan on opening them up for
a while longer.

Another afterthought: this is one of my first glimpses into what '01 is
like in the S. Rhone. On the basis of this bottle, I think that it's a
vintage to be excited about: richly fruity, with good structure and
excellent balance.

Mark Lipton

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On Mar 28, 11:57�pm, Mark Lipton wrote:
With a dinner of a hastily thown-together pseudo-Jambalaya, I went to
the cellar for a CdR as a reasonable match. *I came up with a bottle of
the '01 Dom. de la Grand Bois Cairanne 'Cuve Maximilien' which proved
to be hideously corked, so back down for a backup bottle, the '01 Clos
du Caillou, which thankfully proved to be devoid of taint:

nose: reticent at first (too cold), showing a brambly dark fruit and
minerals

palate: medium body, dark cherry fruit, pencil lead, herbs, spices,
silky tannins, good acidity

comments: This is a North Berkeley Import, but unlike so many of their
wines, it wasn't oaky in the least. *In fact, it could have passed for a
good quality CdP, as concentrated and ageworthy as it was. *From the
taste, I guessed that it had quite a bit of Mourvedre in the mix, but
Jancis says it's 85% Grenache, so forget that. *Still, I'm glad that I
have more of this in the cellar and I don't plan on opening them up for
a while longer.

Another afterthought: this is one of my first glimpses into what '01 is
like in the S. Rhone. *On the basis of this bottle, I think that it's a
vintage to be excited about: richly fruity, with good structure and
excellent balance.

Mark Lipton


I've only had scattered tastes, but what I have had makes me wish I
had bought more '01 Southern Rhones. Especially on the CdR level- all
I have left are a couple bottles of Coudolet de Bo and Charvin. I've
got a few CdP (Clos des Papes, Beaucastel, Pontifical, Cuvee du
Vatican) but not enough.

Thanks for notes

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On Mar 29, 3:11�pm, "DaleW" wrote:
On Mar 28, 11:57?pm, Mark Lipton wrote:





With a dinner of a hastily thown-together pseudo-Jambalaya, I went to
the cellar for a CdR as a reasonable match. ?I came up with a bottle of
the '01 Dom. de la Grand Bois Cairanne 'Cuv?Maximilien' which proved
to be hideously corked, so back down for a backup bottle, the '01 Clos
du Caillou, which thankfully proved to be devoid of taint:


nose: reticent at first (too cold), showing a brambly dark fruit and
minerals


palate: medium body, dark cherry fruit, pencil lead, herbs, spices,
silky tannins, good acidity


comments: This is a North Berkeley Import, but unlike so many of their
wines, it wasn't oaky in the least. ?In fact, it could have passed for a
good quality CdP, as concentrated and ageworthy as it was. ?From the
taste, I guessed that it had quite a bit of Mourvedre in the mix, but
Jancis says it's 85% Grenache, so forget that. ?Still, I'm glad that I
have more of this in the cellar and I don't plan on opening them up for
a while longer.


Another afterthought: this is one of my first glimpses into what '01 is
like in the S. Rhone. ?On the basis of this bottle, I think that it's a
vintage to be excited about: richly fruity, with good structure and
excellent balance.


Mark Lipton


I've only had scattered tastes, but what I have had makes me wish I
had bought more '01 Southern Rhones. Especially on the CdR level- all
I have left are a couple bottles of Coudolet de Bo and Charvin. *I've
got a few CdP (Clos des Papes, Beaucastel, Pontifical, Cuvee du
Vatican) but not enough.

Thanks for notes- Hide quoted text -

- Show quoted text -



I bought a discounted '01 Beaucastel CdP knocked down (or mismarked)
at $35 a few weeks ago. It was really supple and fruity and left me
wanting more. Even with all of the forward fruit there was a nice
core of acidity that kept it from being cloying. The few 2001 CdP's
that I have in my cellar are Roger Sabon's which are a bit bigger and
riper in style with an abundance of oak.

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On Mar 29, 3:22�pm, "Bi!!" wrote:
On Mar 29, 3:11?pm, "DaleW" wrote:





On Mar 28, 11:57?pm, Mark Lipton wrote:


With a dinner of a hastily thown-together pseudo-Jambalaya, I went to
the cellar for a CdR as a reasonable match. ?I came up with a bottle of
the '01 Dom. de la Grand Bois Cairanne 'Cuv?Maximilien' which proved
to be hideously corked, so back down for a backup bottle, the '01 Clos
du Caillou, which thankfully proved to be devoid of taint:


nose: reticent at first (too cold), showing a brambly dark fruit and
minerals


palate: medium body, dark cherry fruit, pencil lead, herbs, spices,
silky tannins, good acidity


comments: This is a North Berkeley Import, but unlike so many of their
wines, it wasn't oaky in the least. ?In fact, it could have passed for a
good quality CdP, as concentrated and ageworthy as it was. ?From the
taste, I guessed that it had quite a bit of Mourvedre in the mix, but
Jancis says it's 85% Grenache, so forget that. ?Still, I'm glad that I
have more of this in the cellar and I don't plan on opening them up for
a while longer.


Another afterthought: this is one of my first glimpses into what '01 is
like in the S. Rhone. ?On the basis of this bottle, I think that it's a
vintage to be excited about: richly fruity, with good structure and
excellent balance.


Mark Lipton


I've only had scattered tastes, but what I have had makes me wish I
had bought more '01 Southern Rhones. Especially on the CdR level- all
I have left are a couple bottles of Coudolet de Bo and Charvin. ?I've
got a few CdP (Clos des Papes, Beaucastel, Pontifical, Cuvee du
Vatican) but not enough.


Thanks for notes- Hide quoted text -


- Show quoted text -


I bought a discounted '01 Beaucastel CdP knocked down (or mismarked)
at $35 a few weeks ago. *It was really supple and fruity and left me
wanting more. *Even with all of the forward fruit there was a nice
core of acidity that kept it from being cloying. *The few 2001 CdP's
that I have in my cellar are Roger Sabon's which are a bit bigger and
riper in style with an abundance of oak.- Hide quoted text -

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This sounds more forward than I would have suspected. I hadn't planned
on visiting mine till 2015 or so, do you think that unwise?

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On Mar 30, 4:30?pm, "DaleW" wrote:
On Mar 29, 3:22?pm, "Bi!!" wrote:





On Mar 29, 3:11?pm, "DaleW" wrote:


On Mar 28, 11:57?pm, Mark Lipton wrote:


With a dinner of a hastily thown-together pseudo-Jambalaya, I went to
the cellar for a CdR as a reasonable match. ?I came up with a bottle of
the '01 Dom. de la Grand Bois Cairanne 'Cuv?Maximilien' which proved
to be hideously corked, so back down for a backup bottle, the '01 Clos
du Caillou, which thankfully proved to be devoid of taint:


nose: reticent at first (too cold), showing a brambly dark fruit and
minerals


palate: medium body, dark cherry fruit, pencil lead, herbs, spices,
silky tannins, good acidity


comments: This is a North Berkeley Import, but unlike so many of their
wines, it wasn't oaky in the least. ?In fact, it could have passed for a
good quality CdP, as concentrated and ageworthy as it was. ?From the
taste, I guessed that it had quite a bit of Mourvedre in the mix, but
Jancis says it's 85% Grenache, so forget that. ?Still, I'm glad that I
have more of this in the cellar and I don't plan on opening them up for
a while longer.


Another afterthought: this is one of my first glimpses into what '01 is
like in the S. Rhone. ?On the basis of this bottle, I think that it's a
vintage to be excited about: richly fruity, with good structure and
excellent balance.


Mark Lipton


I've only had scattered tastes, but what I have had makes me wish I
had bought more '01 Southern Rhones. Especially on the CdR level- all
I have left are a couple bottles of Coudolet de Bo and Charvin. ?I've
got a few CdP (Clos des Papes, Beaucastel, Pontifical, Cuvee du
Vatican) but not enough.


Thanks for notes- Hide quoted text -


- Show quoted text -


I bought a discounted '01 Beaucastel CdP knocked down (or mismarked)
at $35 a few weeks ago. ?It was really supple and fruity and left me
wanting more. ?Even with all of the forward fruit there was a nice
core of acidity that kept it from being cloying. ?The few 2001 CdP's
that I have in my cellar are Roger Sabon's which are a bit bigger and
riper in style with an abundance of oak.- Hide quoted text -


- Show quoted text -


This sounds more forward than I would have suspected. I hadn't planned
on visiting mine till 2015 or so, do you think that unwise?- Hide quoted text -

- Show quoted text -


I bought it at a wine store so provenence was likely to have been
warm. The wine was quite forward and fruity and I wouldn't hold that
particular bottle of Beaucastel for that long. That being said, I've
had a number of '01 Rhones recently that really needed at least
another 3-5 years to pull together. The Sabons need time to tone down
a bit.



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