- Ch Husson Chateauneuf Du Pape Les Saumades 2009 Product #25033 (In Stock)
A hand-crafted, small-production Chateauneuf-du-Pape selected by Olivier Daubresse from an up-and-coming estate. Anne and Jean-Pierre Hugues purchased this neglected estate before the 2008 harvest and are rapidly moving to make it a first-rate producer worthy of its excellent terroir. The 2009 Les Saumades – a blend of 95% old vine Grenache and 5% Syrah – is the first wine crafted entirely by the new regime.
Definitely a young wine still, but already delivering loads of pleasure and even more promise. Opens with a relaxed, sweet nose of crushed ripe raspberries, cherry liqueur, and lemon thyme and warm galets (the rounded stones littering the Chateauneuf-du-Pape vineyard). Wonderfully pure and focused in the mouth with sweet Grenache raspberry/strawberry fruit, thyme and lavender herb, and a touch of fresh earth (from the Syrah). Then expanding rapidly on the back to a sweet, pure fruit finish supported by fine minerality and sweet, ripe, tannins.
This expresses everything I love about the most successful Rhone reds of the excellent 2009 vintage. More than enough sweet, ripe, generous fruit to enjoy now – even by itself! – but with the focus and structure to shine with rich foods and grilled meats and to develop well for a decade or so. A very fine example of Chateauneuf-du-Pape at a price not much higher than prestige Cotes-du-Rhone!