- Ch Husson Chateauneuf Du Pape Les Saintes Vierges 2008 Product #25034 (In Stock)
When Anne and Jean-Pierre Hugues purchased Ch Husson during the 2008 growing season, they decided to focus much of their energy for 2008 on the estate’s top wine, the cuvee Les Saintes Veirges. They elected to make a serious bottle of Chateauneuf, a blend of 60% old-vine Mourvedre for structure and earthy complexity and just 40% Grenache for sweetness and flesh. Because of the high Mourvedre content, they elected to age the wine in mainly new French oak barrels.
The result in the difficult 2008 vintage is a resounding success! Dark, dark, aromas of black raspberries, damp earth, licorice and baking spice waft from the glass. In the mouth, definitely fuller and richer than Les Saumaudes, loaded with ripe black plum, spicy black raspberry, licorice root, violets, and earthy spice. Firm and powerful on the finish with darkly raspy Mourvedre tannin and a touch of oak spice keeping the wine in balance. This was very fine when I tasted it at the estate in January, but it’s already opened and gobbled up much of the wood notes in just a few months time. Decant and enjoy with rich foods now or give it 3-4 years to soften the tannins and completely absorb the oak.