A 100% Grenache cuvee from the Gardiole lieu-dit is the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape a la Gloire de Mon Grandpere. With 43 separate parcels spread throughout the appellation, the Boiron family can pick and choose the best, but it must be a strategic nightmare to manage all these different parcels. This 2010 (500 cases produced) includes 50% stems and is aged entirely in demi-muids. Close to perfection, it is the finest example of this cuvee I have tasted since its debut in 1998. Drinking it is like drinking pure kirsch liqueur intermixed with notes of crushed spring flowers. Its superb minerality, density, purity and texture build incrementally in the mouth revealing a blockbuster red with superb elegance, precision and purity. The alcohol must surpass 15%. (RP)
Rich and velvety, with concentrated but lithe layers of fig sauce, blackberry confiture and fresh plum studded with singed apple wood, dark tobacco and a flicker of warm stone. The long finish lets everything echo beautifully. (JM)
Bright purple. An exotically perfumed nose evokes dark berries, spicecake and potpourri, with a strong suggestion of garrigue building with air. Offers intense blackberry and bitter cherry flavors that gain sweetness and energy with aeration. Rich but lively, finishing with outstanding clarity and silky, harmonious tannins. (JR)
Dark crimson. Very intense and concentrated black cherry flavours. Sweet start and enormous concentration. Tannins certainly there but not exaggerated. Very ambitious wine. 18/20 points.
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