The Third Dram wrote:Malt-Teaser wrote:Normally I wouldn't recommend drinking Chateauneuf Du Pape until it's at least 17 years old...
I suppose deciding exactly when to broach a C-du-P depends very much on the way it's been vinified, the amount and specific type of fresh oak the wine has been exposed to and the encépagement (those wines with higher percentages of Cinsault and Grenache may, for example, tend to 'come around' sooner than those with a greater percentage of Mourvèdre and Syrah - Rayas excepted. Then, there's also the matter of personal taste. Personally, I prefer to 'catch' these sorts of wines 'on the upslope' rather than when they've entered the latter stages of their plâteau of maturity. But that's just me, and many others (such as my brother) prefer a much more mature style in their red wines.Malt-Teaser wrote:While I'm here and no, I have only just noticed this discussion too, if you want value for money, then search out some Southern Italian Salice Salentino...
Love these MT, especially the Reserva bottlings!
Fair comment on the Chateaux Neuf
Aye, there are some excellent Salice Salentinos around and I agree about the Reservas.
The others are just very good.
What I find exceptional about these is the value for money. I'm not sure about UK prices, but here in Germany the better ones are readily available for a price range of €8 to €12, the just very good ones for €6 to €8.