100 Punter PARKER Mas de Bois Lauzon
Châteauneuf du Pape ’Quet’ 2007
Ever since I began following this small domaine (22 acres) fifteen years ago, the quality of their wines has increased with every top vintage. The brother and sister team of Daniel and Christine Chaussy is responsible for the wine. They introduced the Cuvee du Quet a decade ago, it comes from a specific parcel of old vines. Their newest offering is the 100% old vine Mourvedre called Le Tintot. Readers may remember my enthusiastic notes last year, and every 2007 I tasted this year, especially the perfect Cuvee du Quet, and the traditional cuvee, performed dramatically better than anticipated.
Châteauneuf du Pape rouge Mas de Boislauzon Cuvée du Quet 2007 - 100/100
The biggest surprise in these tastings was the phenomenal performance of the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee du Quet. Normally a blend of 65% Grenache and 35% Mourvedre, the 2007's composition changed to 80% Grenache (all aged in tank) and 20% Mourvedre (aged in small oak barrels.) This wine literally blew me away. Since this is a PG-rated publication, I can not print my original comments upon tasting this wine. Let’s just say the exquisite aromatics were astounding. They include creme de cassis, lavender, roasted meats, new saddle leather, and spice box. The phenomenal aromatics were matched by equally compelling flavors, texture, and purity. Offering a thrill a second, this full-bodied wine exhibits awesome concentration, impeccable balance, and a finish that lasts nearly 60 seconds. I had a difficult time spitting out this amazing elixir, and I kept returning to it during the course of the morning tasting just to confirm my initial impression. The good news is about 500 cases were produced. It should drink well for two decades or more.
RP 96-100 points:
'An extraordinary wine of profound and complex character displaying all the attributes expected of a classic wine of its variety. Wines of this caliber are worth a special effort to find, purchase, and consume.'