In total contrast, the stunning 2007 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Roc-Epine is the bottled essence of Provence, with ground pepper, herbes de Provence, kirsch, and black currants all jumping from the glass of this sexy, full-bodied, lush wine. This wine is not meant for long-term aging, but it will certainly provide enormous pleasure over the next 7-8 years. It is a stunningly full-bodied, opulent style of wine and all the better for it.Score: 91. Robert Parker, October 2009. Wine Advocate.
Delivers a juicy, fresh, primal mix of red currant and red and black cherry fruit laced with dark spice and toast notes. There's a firm graphite edge on the finish that expands nicely, showing a licorice note. Drink now through 2020. Score: 91. James Molesworth, October 15, 2009. Wine Spectator.