Wednesday, April 25, 2012

2004 Mas de Boislauzon Châteauneuf-du-Pape "Cuvée du Quet"

2004 Mas de Boislauzon Châteauneuf-du-Pape "Cuvée du Quet" (France, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

I picked this baby up on for $25, which turned out to be a screaming deal considering the quality of the wine. The Cuvee du Quet is Mas de Boislauzon's high-end cuvee, and the fruit is sourced from a single vineyard on higher elevation rocky plateau.

The wine is a clear ruby color in the glass, showing the beginning signs brick color that come with age. Right out of the bottle this wine has a pungent mushroom aroma. At first that wet earth and mushroom was all I could smell, but with some air the wine started to sing with cherry, currant and dried roses. The palate starts off with grainy tannins, followed by powerful flavors of cassis and diced green peppers. Complexity is this wine's game, following with flavors of sour cherry, chewing tobacco and beef broth. After being opened for two hours, the flavors of beef broth and mushroom really come out in full. Those grainy tannins don’t ease up one  bit, they just keep going, providing a granite-like structure to the wine.

The complexity of this wine really evolved over four hours, which makes me think this wine should sleep for a few years to let those nuances develop.

Unfortunately, I only bought one bottle. Damn!

92 points IJB

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