This project—a joint venture between Michel Chapoutier and the folks at Jasper Hill—was called Pleiades last vintage, but despite the name change the wine remains a terrific effort. It’s pungently savory, filled with scents of coffee and roasted meat, then delivers dark fruit flavors backed by espresso and black olive notes. Richly textured, it could use another…
This luxury release from Heathcote has been a steady performer over the years, and the 2007 boasts the same plush, velvety texture that prior vintages have shown. Prune plum and cracked pepper mark the nose, followed by rich, ripe, chocolaty flavors. The only question will be, is it too fudge-like? Drink over the near term.
The result of a joint venture between the Chapoutier and Laughton families, this is a full-bodied, superripe wine. Aromas and flavors of chocolate and raisined cassis are almost Amarone-like, while the tannins are softly dusty in texture and the finish long.