One of the few French wines that get my blood going is CdP. For some reason, the earthy, sometimes barnyard nose appeals to me. however the $45-55 I have been paying seems abit steep. I was at the Boony Doon Cellars in Santa Cruz this weekend ( thank God for California) for a tasting and had a 02 and an 07 of their 'de Pape style Blend. YUM! Just a touch more fruit than the French versions I'm used to, or maybe less earth. Like most of my favorite Ca. wines, It does not need food to show off but with a grilled Harvarti cheese and apple sandwich I was in heaven.
and with a screw top! The 02 seemed softer and more muted at first but openned up nicely after a few minutes in glass. Bought a half case of each. My 100 bottle cabinet is now full and i have 2 cases in my bedroom closet like before.