2010 Mas de Boislauzon 'Les Deux Chene' Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)
This is dark but racy and driven, with a gorgeous Turkish coffee note giving way to flavors of roasted fig, blackberry paste and baker's chocolate. Polished and seamless through the finish, with a tarry echo adding grip and length. Best from 2014 through 2027.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The best value from this estate is the sensational 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape, a blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 15% Mourvedre from 50-year-old vines aged in concrete tank as well as old wood foudres. Copious aromas of garrigue, seaweed, ground pepper, creme de cassis and kirsch jump from the glass of this opaque ruby/purple-colored, full-bodied, multidimensional, rich, pure 2010. Drink it over the next 10-15 years. This tiny 22-acre estate situated in the northern tier of Chateauneuf du Pape was founded in 1950, but has been brought to brilliance by Chaussy family over the last decade. Daniel Chaussy deserves enormous credit for introducing the spectacular Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee du Quet as well as the Chateauneuf du Pape Le Tintot, which is 100% Mourvedre. Both the 2007 and 2010 Cuvee du Quet have garnered perfect scores, and the latter wine may be the wine of the vintage. Sadly, only 5,000 bottles are produced of this extraordinary blend of 80% Grenache (aged in neutral tanks) and 20% Mourvedre (aged in small oak casks).
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(70% grenache, 25% mourvedre and 5% syrah): Bright purple. Aromas and flavors of blackberry, cherry and smoky herbs. Picks up a subtle gamy nuance with air, along with a suave lavender pastille quality. Fine-grained tannins give grip to a sweet, persistent finish, which echoes the smoky note.
Certified organic. Bois Lauzon, Palestor 70% Grenache, 5% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre, 50% élevage in foudre and 50% in concrete. Very aromatic in dry, rather leafy idiom atypical for Châteauneuf. Very well-managed tannins which are here in abundance. Juicy fruit. Rather splendid peacock’s tail finish. 17/20 points.