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Chateau de la Gardine Cuvee des Generations Marie~Leoncie, Chateauneuf~du~Pape, France, 2009
93 Points

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Vintage: 2009
BC Private Wine Stores: $85.0 + price will vary

BC CSPC: BC CSPC Code -770263
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WineScores' Review

Every so often I come across a wine, which really makes my day. I don't want the bottle to have a bottom and I'm so intrigued by it's character and style that finding the words to describe it seems virtually impossible, at best. Wines like these are often better experienced than described.
Undoubtedly, this is a special occasion wine, one for the cellar perhaps. I had no idea the price of it when I was reviewing it, something I prefer, if possible. But I did know it was something very special.
This white Rhone comes from vines, which are on average 60 years old. It's mostly Roussane with 15% Clairette and 5% Bourboulenc. It is treated in both stainless and barrel and aged in barrel on its lees for an additional year.
Golden in colour it offers aromas of lanoline, beeswax, wild herbs (garrigue), pine, mineral oil and a core of creamy white fruits and exotic spice. The palate is unctuous - honey, dried herbs, citrus, yellow fruits and fine spice. Amazing concentration and weight with a never ending finish of wild honey.
Pair with oily fish, lobster in butter, creamy sauces with shaved truffle, mildly spiced dishes and strong cheeses.

Recommended Pairings
Cheese - Blue, Good First Impressions, Seafood/Shellfish, Cellar Keepers, French Food

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Wine Scores reviewed - 2012-11-29 23:03:46.0


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