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Chateauneuf du Pape Lazaret 2011

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Chateauneuf du Pape Lazaret 2011.

This is an estate made red blend with Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre. I decanted the bottle for roughly an hour before pouring it with a nice steak dinner. It poured a very deep ruby color with lacing that really lingered on the side of the glass. The aroma is very floral with notes of ripe raspberries and cherries. The flavors in this wine are subtle but complex at the first time. The first thing that jumps out at me is licorice followed by cherries, cassis, and a bit of terroir at the end. This wine is very elegant and well structured, but it still held up to my grilled filet. I can imagine that this wine could make for a fine partner with many hearty dishes, but it’s refined characteristics make it very enjoyable all on its own as well. I would also like to try this wine with some soft cheeses, especially Brie. I highly recommend giving this one a try.

– Aaron