2010 Clos du Mont-Olivet Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1133708 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Much more serious, and a big, structured effort, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape has loads of minerality, pepper and garrigue to go with a core of blackberry-styled fruit. Possessing plenty of ripe tannin, good mid-palate concentration and superb focus on the finish, it will benefit from short-term cellaring and have over two decades of longevity. (JD)  (8/2014)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Dark ruby. Black raspberry and cherry compote on the pungent, intensely perfumed nose. Sappy, palate-staining red and dark berry flavors are impressively deep and braced by tangy acidity. Becomes weightier with aeration, which also brings out a licorice quality. Rich but suave and energetic, with excellent finishing clarity and length.  (2/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Well-built, with a core of dark plum, blackberry and black cherry fruit backed by plum cake and black licorice, featuring a dusting of charcoal on the finish. Very solid and dense, showing perfumy black tea and singed sandalwood notes lurking in the background. Should age nicely. Best from 2016 through 2030. (Web-2013)

Jancis Robinson

 Lieux-dits Montolivet, Palestor, Les Gallimardes and Les Marines. 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 6% Mourvèdre, 3% Cinsault. 5% spends 18 months in demi muid. 95% spends 18 months in foudre. Very contained, well-balanced claret-like nose Polished, polite...Drink 2015-2022.  (12/2011)

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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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