The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition was cropped at 23 hectoliters per hectare (overall it was a small crop in 2010), and is a blend of mostly Grenache and 20% Syrah, with 80% aged in old wood foudres and 20% in small barrels. The alcohol level came in at 15.5%. Classic black raspberry, black cherry, garrigue, and lavender notes hit the palate with considerable authority. The Syrah component provides a slightly deeper purple hue to the color than is apparent in some other vintages. The extra level of concentration due to the tiny yields has resulted in a full-bodied, rich wine with super purity. (RP)
This is electric, with charged-up, vivid blueberry, fig, blackberry and boysenberry fruit all drenched in pastis and toasted spice and backed by a licorice snap note that lets the finish flow on beautifully. Approachable, but no need to hurry either. Drink now through 2025. (JM)
Vivid ruby. A powerful bouquet presents candied red fruits, Asian spices and a hint of potpourri. Silky and expansive, offering vibrant raspberry and cherry flavors and showing a seamless character. Closes spicy and very long, with lingering florality and impressive clarity. One of, if not the most successful 'basic' Chateauneufs I've ever had from this address. (JR)
Featuring bright, spicy red-fruit aromas, this is an exciting wine just to smell. Add in flavors of raspberry and cream, a lush texture, ample weight and a long-spice-driven finish, and you've got the whole package, at a realistic price. So ready and easy to drink now, it's reasonable to question its ageability, but on the other hand, why wait? *Editors' Choice* (JC)
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