Reasonably priced for a Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the 2005 Vieux Lazaret displays lovely kirsch aromas balanced by subtle spice, remarkably pure fruit flavors and a rich, creamy texture. This full-bodied effort is drinking well now, and should continue to do so for at least 10 years.
Hugely toasty and oaky, and yet the wine never seems too extreme given the intensity of the cherry fruit. It’s full bodied, lush and supple, with a long, mouthwatering finish. Drink now–2019.
This wine’s dried spices, dusty earth and bright cherries exemplify some of the southern Rhône wines’ most charming attributes. It’s medium-bodied, with supple tannins and a lingering finish. Drink now–2015; it doesn’t look to have the structure for aging.
Opens with fine aromas of pear and crushed stone, then adds tiny touches of anise and honey on the palate. This is broad on the midpalate, but retains focus on the finish, where it turns crisp and rather hard edged. Drink now.