Wine Review – La Célestière 2009

La Célestière 2009 wine bottleAn engaging Châteauneuf-du-Pape…

Name: La Célestière

Vintage: 2009

Producer: SCEA La Célestière

Region/Country: Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France

Grape Varietal(s): Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre

Consumed: At home

Recommended by: Happened upon it at the LCBO

Cost: 59.00 CAD

Bottle Appearance: Interesting font, clean, somewhere between traditional and modern.

Appearance: Dark ruby red.

Nose: Chocolate, leather, and grilled meat (maybe lamb).

Taste: I enjoyed the subtle sweetness, something along the lines of caramel and chocolate. A fairly tannic wine, even with decanting, but I’m happy to say it opened and mellowed over time. It was better with food than without, and I paired it with my favourite homemade risotto (tomato, green onion, and parmesan cheese).

Finish: Some sweetness and leather.

Overall Impression: A nice, engaging Châteauneuf-du-Pape. I’ve had better, but I would drink this one again.

Rating: 87/100

Value: 2.5 out of 5. A little pricey, but on par with other wines from the region.

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