2007 - Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Felix Domaine Versino
10A7CPFV6PK _ 2007 - Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Felix Domaine Versino - 6x75cl
Colour
Red
Producer
Domaine Versino
Region
Châteauneuf du Pape
Grape
Grenache / Syrah / Mourvèdre and others
Drinking
2011 - 2022
Case size
6x75cl
Available Now

2007 CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE CUVÉE FELIX DOMAINE VERSINO - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Domaine Versino
Region
Châteauneuf du Pape
Grape
Grenache / Syrah / Mourvèdre and others
Drinking
2011 - 2022
Case size
6x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £268.07 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, October 2008

    Cuvée Félix is produced from a selection of vines from his best and oldest parcels (some are 85-90 years) whose yields are a mere 20 hl/ha. These small yields could not be more apparent than in the 2007. Wonderfully expressive, it offers juicy red cherry, plump blackberry, lightly roasted spice and treacle. Its mouthfeel is tender yet beautifully complex and elegant. A lovely 2007. If it is anything like his 2000, hold onto your hat because that wine got 96 points.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, October 2008,
    Score: 92-94

    The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee des Felix has a dense plum/purple color and a full-bodied, earthy nose with plenty of sweet black cherries, hints of root vegetables, licorice, and some meaty notes. It is full-bodied, chewy, remarkably elegant and stylish despite its substantial flavor profile. Exhibiting some moderate tannins, this wine will need 3-4 years of cellaring, and should drink well for at least two decades.

  • DC

    Decanter, May 2009,
    Score: 19

    Ripe core to the bouquet; supple, but deep fruits, complexity to come on the palate, great promise.5 stars.

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Producer

Domaine Versino

Jean-Paul Versino is the magic behind this domaine (which is also known as Bois de Boursan). Stemming from third generation Piedmonteses in Châteauneuf du Pape, the Versino family bought 40-100+ year old vines from retiring owners in the mid-80s after years of making wines from rented vineyards. As a result, their vineyards resemble something of a patchwork quilt, comprising 27 different parcels with various soils and microclimates. With all the subtle nuances that are innate to each plot, Jean-Paul has become an expert on harvesting schedules making sure that each variety is at its utmost ripeness when picked. He makes two Châteauneuf du Pape reds - Bois de Boursan and in top years, Cuvée Félix, a special bottling made from the best parcels and the oldest vines, which includes a larger percentage of Mourvèdre. In order to make the most concentrated and complex wines possible, he sells off the wines made from the younger vines and those not "typical" of his style. Unusual for the area, he uses stems in all of his vinifications, which he believes adds several extra benefits including better ageing potential. As paradoxical as it may sound, they also seem to give his wines a notable elegance separating them from the more brawny examples of the region. An excellent domaine for traditionally styled Châteauneuf.

Region

Châteauneuf du Pape

The emperor of southern Rhône appellations, Châteauneuf du Pape was the first A.O.C. in all of France, created in 1936. Their bottle is unique embossed with the papal coat of arms. Thirteen varieties (14 if Grenache Blanc is counted separately) can be incorporated in the blend. The reds include: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan, Cinsault, Terret Noir, Picpoul, Vaccarèse, Counoise, Muscardin, while the whites are Roussanne, Bourboulenc and Clairette. Only a handful of producers use all 13, Grenache often being the highest percentage of the blend. This enables each producer to highlight the varieties that are the ripest and most interesting in any given year. Most Châteauneuf du Pâpes are master examples of wines that can be approachable within the first few years of release yet able to develop superb complexity during many years of cellaring.