2010 La Bastide Saint Dominique Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The reasonably priced 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape is a slightly downsized version of the Secrets de Pignan. There is more Syrah in the blend and perhaps that is the reason for its spectrum of darker fruits than the Pignan. There is a lot to like here with copious floral notes intermixed with black currant and black cherry fruit as well as hints of sandy soils and balsam wood. Full, rich and very natural tasting, this beauty can be drunk now and over the next decade. During my tasting trip to Chateauneuf du Pape I was only presented with La Bastide Saint-Dominique’s 2011s and the 2010 Les Hesperides, but I was able to acquire some bottles of the other 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape cuvees elsewhere. The estate’s wines were completely sold out and even the owners had no 2010 stock remaining. With 25 acres in Chateauneuf du Pape as well as larger acreage in the Cotes du Rhone, this estate has been on top of its game for some time thanks to the qualitative improvements and commitments of the Bonnet family. Nearly all of their vineyards are in the northeastern sector of Chateauneuf du Pape, particularly in the areas known as Pignan (with sandy, sometimes clay soils) and the small boulder-covered Chapouin region. The 2011s are very strong efforts.
This wine boasts a lifted, briary overtone to its aromas of bright Maraschino cherries. The red fruit is finely delineated and crisply focused, yet the tannins are supple and approachable. Cinnamon and clove notes add complexity to the long finish. Drink now–2022.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright purple. Dark berries, anise and lavender on the perfumed nose and in the mouth. Silky and fruity, in a very accessible style. Finishes smooth and seamless, with very good finishing punch, energy and lingering sweetness. Here's a 2010 Chateauneuf that you could, and perhaps should, drink on the young side.