2010 Clos du Mont-Olivet Châteauneuf-du-Pape
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)
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.
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)
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.