I first opened a 2004 Patric Lesec Chateauneuf du Pape "Chasse Temps" I bought at Costco. I remembered another decently low priced CdP from Lesec, the "Rubis", and got this one assuming in would be in the same league. Totally disappointing, no idea what RP was thinking about when we rated it 89-91. No bouquet, no grenache, no nothing. Daughter says not even good for soaking the dried mushrooms.
Since I was in the Rhone-ish mood, I set the Lesec aside and opened a tried and true, the 2000 Tardieu-Laurent Saint-Joseph. Here, reverend Robert got it right: "This supple, medium to full-bodied, elegant St.-Joseph possesses superb depth, purity, and balance. " Rated 90-92. An entirely different league. Forget ratings, dear reader, they are meaningless.
Summary for the day: one out of two. Not at all bad, I guess...