2010 Domaine de la Côte de L'Ange "Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
If you can find any, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes, which comes from nearly 80-year-old vines planted in sandy and limestone soils, is a blend of 85% Grenache aged in foudres and 15% Mourvedre aged in small oak casks. The 2007 version of this wine is prodigious, but this is close and may even eclipse that wine, but time will be the final arbiter. Dense purple, with a full-bodied mouthfeel, loads of blackberry fruit, intense kirsch, oodles of licorice, lavender, and garrigue notes, this is layered, sumptuous, full-throttle wine with good acidity, sweet, moderate tannin, and a skyscraper-like mouthfeel and finish. Drink this sensational wine over the next 20-25 years. It is one of the great wines of the vintage. This estate, run by Yannick and Corinne Gasparri, is at the top of its game, as recent vintages over the last decade have all been very strong. The introduction of the two special cuvees, the Cuvee Vieilles Vignes and the Mourvedre-dominated Secret de L’Ange, provides further evidence of their talent and access to fabulous fruit. The 2010s are brilliant wines across the board.
This is gorgeous, with a stunning, velvety mouthfeel that lets layer upon layer of braised fig, melted licorice, boysenberry preserves and cherry confiture glide along, while extra pastis, ganache and Turkish coffee notes fill in the background. Features a long, dense, but polished and poised finish. Best from 2015 through 2030.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Opaque ruby. Blackberry and cherry compote on the highly perfumed nose and in the mouth. Smooth and expansive, with strong punch and slow-building spice and floral notes. The finish is long and energetic, with only a hint of tannins. I'm surprised by how accessible this wine is right now but suspect that it will be even better with another five or so years of bottle age.