2011 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
With respect to the red wines, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape (75% Grenache, 15% Syrah and the rest Mourvedre and Cinsault) exhibits lots of tapenade, new saddle leather, garrigue, black currant, black cherry, smoke, earth and gamy/meaty notes. It is a surprisingly full-bodied, rich, layered 2011 that should drink well for 10-15 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep ruby. A wild, complex bouquet displays candied cherry, lavender, smoked meat and licorice. Sappy and penetrating, offering sweet cherry and floral pastille flavors and a smoky nuance. A note of bitter chocolate comes up with air and carries through a long, sappy finish. In an old-school style and quite a bit more feral than recent vintages for this property, which will please long-time fans.
75% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre. Deep healthy crimson. Fresh, dense aromas. Clean, just-ripe fruit though without a real core of luscious ripeness...