Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A brilliant wine in a superb vintage, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape checks in as a blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah and 10% Cinsault that comes mostly from the famed La Crau lieu dit (small part from Valori). Seeing 24 months in barrel, it’s a deep, concentrated and meaty effort that oozes notions of black fruits, licorice, lavender and mulled spices on both the nose and palate. Dense, chewy and full-bodied, it is still backwards and tight, with some upside. Give it another year or two and enjoy over the following decade. Drink 2015-2025.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep ruby. Ripe cherry, spicecake, garrigue and an exotic hint of flowers on the intensely perfumed nose. Sappy and fresh as well as dense, offering intense raspberry and cherry flavors and a touch of candied licorice. Finishes with fine-grained tannins, building sweetness and excellent spicy persistence.
Notes from winemaker & vigneron Louis Barruol: "The vintage 2010 was an exceptional one in the southern Rhone. A fresh summer and a good distribution of the rains towards the year finally gave grapes which were close to perfection. Like any great vintage, the winemaking was easy. All the different grapes varieties behaved well during the ageing and the quality progression was harmonious. In this kind of vintage, Châteauneuf shows an incredible focus on the terroir expression. In a blind tasting it can't be missed. The very reasonable level of alcohol make 2010 even more interesting because of the intensity of the great vintage can be found without the brutal Châteauneuf alcohol. The freshness was the fact of 2010. The difference with Gigondas is impressive : we talk about two very different universe of grenache. The Châteauneuf 2010 already tastes great, just the opposite of the Gigondas which needs a good decade to express at their top. Châteauneuf is usually delicious after four or five years and it can be drunk old as well. Christmas cake, gingerbread, garrigue, forest. 50% Grenache - 30% Mourvèdre - 10% Syrah - 7% Cinsault - 3% Clairette. Vineyard Sources: La Crau - Valori. Aged for 24 months in 2 to 4 years old barrels. Bottled without filtration. 14.5% abv."
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