....or at least damn near close to, has to be the Pierre Usseglio's entry-level Chateauneuf du Pape. I've tasted this wine on 3 previous occasions, but this is the first time I've sat and drank a full bottle over dinner. For all those trigger happy '07 folks, I highly recommend you load the barrel of this BB gun for your trips to the range well before firing the luxury weaponry.
The wine possesses immediate bands of complexity, w/ a vivid array of licorice, pepper, black raspberry and leather notes that leave the palate awash in layers of rich spiciness. Full bodied, well equipped and marvelously balanced, seemingly turning on a dime before catapulting to a long, lush finish, 94 points.
Give me 4 bottles of this over 1 bottle of Mon Aieul any day of the week. Color me sensible.