2010 Domaine Durieu "Lucile Avril" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1127746 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 ...a dense purple color and a flamboyant, exotic nose of jammy black fruits, incense, truffles and garrigue. Slightly more firmer structured than the 2007, the 2010 must tip the scales at over 15% alcohol given its level of glycerin and mouth-coating viscosity. This sensational effort still has some tannins to shed, but it is beautifully rich, pure and multidimensional. Give it 2-3 years of cellaring, and drink it over the following 15-20 years.  (10/2012)

K&L Notes

More from Robert Parker: "Vincent Durieu, who is now in complete charge at Domaine Durieu, has upgraded the quality of their traditional cuvee of Chateauneuf du Pape, which is a blend of 80% Grenache and the rest Mourvedre, Syrah and Cinsault aged in cement. He has also added a fabulous wine called Lucile Avril, which is 90% Grenache and the rest Mourvedre and Syrah from 40- to 105-year-old vines." 15% abv.

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape

Alcohol Content (%): 15