Kathleen Rake, of Between the Vines, was not able to send a bottle for the auction, as she lives in Canada. Instead, she sent some money and asked me to find something special, and I think I did. They only made 250 cases of the Tardieu-Laurent Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2007 and it received a 93 rating from Wine Spectator. Retail value $90.00.
This wine is 90% Grenache from 80 year old vines and 10% Syrah from 30 year old vines. It is unfiltered, and was aged in year-old oak casks.
“This is packed with deliciously ripe boysenberry and blackberry fruit, all laced with graphite, incense and Turkish coffee hints. Shows a nice edgy minerality through the ripe, muscular finish.” JM, Wine Spectator, October 2, 2009.
“From top to bottom, this is the greatest vintage I have ever tasted in any viticultural area.” Robert Parker, on the 2007 CdP vintage.
Opening bid is $40.00. Minimum bid increment $5.00.
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