2010 Clos Saint Jean "Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
More deep, rich and layered, with smoke, dried earth, ground pepper, leather, and ripe blackberry-styled fruit, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is an incredible effort that has me purchasing more bottles every time I taste it. Showing more concentration than both the '11 and '09, with sweet tannin, it closed down slightly right after release, but was drinking beautifully on this occasion. (JD)
Densely packed, but deliciously racy, with linzer torte and blackberry confiture notes coursing along, supported by mouthwatering toasted anise, roasted apple wood and graphite notes. The long finish flashes a Turkish coffee edge but remains silky overall.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Saturated ruby. Sexy, highly perfumed aromas of red berry liqueur, cherry and licorice, with a powerful floral topnote. Sappy and deeply concentrated, offering palate-staining black raspberry and spicecake flavors and an exotic suggestion of candied flowers. The long finish closes on a floral note, with silky tannins adding shape.
The 2010 is 85% old-vine Grenache with Syrah and Mourvedre making up the rest of the blend. 16% ABV.