Beaucastel 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Roussanne Vielle Vignes
This was freekin' awesome. Like pure nectar balanced by palate-cleansing acidity. Sexy and hypnotic, its flavors unfolded in a most beguiling way as the meal ensued. Deep, smoky and profound, it took my love of Roussanne to a whole new level. One of only 6000 bottles imported to the US, my hand was shaking as I poured out the first glass. A rarity, to be sure, but one that immediately drew me in like a big, warm hug.
To those of you lucky enough to possess a bottle of this, drink it now. In a year or two it's going to become oxidized, and won't be drinkable again until 2017. This is one of the great white wines of France, and tonight's performance was fantastic. Score: 96 pts