2010 Domaine Giraud "Tradition" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1111140 95 points Wine Spectator

 Breathtaking dark fruit flavors lead to a stunning display of fig, boysenberry coulis, blueberry paste and anise-steeped black currant all backed by ganache and black tea. The muscle shows up on the pure and balanced finish, characterized by tarry grip and drive. Best from 2015 through 2030. (Web Only- 2012)  (11/2012)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition (made from the same blend as the 2011) is incredibly rich, concentrated and complex. The best value in their portfolio, it offers a dark plum/purple color along with copious notes of garrigue, pepper, licorice, black raspberries and kirsch. A super, full-bodied Chateauneuf with terrific purity and palate presence, it can be enjoyed over the next 15+ years.  (10/2012)

90-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (60% grenache, 35% syrah and 5% mourvedre; aged in a combination of concrete tanks and barriques): Bright purple. Ripe dark berries on the nose, with floral and herbal nuances adding complexity. Round, sappy and smooth, offering deep, sweet blackberry and boysenberry flavors and a hint of warmth on the back end. Finishes with very good power and length, leaving dark fruit notes behind.  (2/2012)

K&L Notes

From Jancis Robinson: "60% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre. 35% aged in barrique, 65% aged in concrete. Blackish crimson. Broad and spicy nose. Very sweet and rich. Super dramatic. Perhaps more alcohol than many? But I don’t think anyone would be disappointed by this. Still quite dry on the end but there is so much fruit here I am confident it will triumph in the end." (12/2011)

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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