2010 Domaine Durieu "Lucile Avril" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
...a dense purple color and a flamboyant, exotic nose of jammy black fruits, incense, truffles and garrigue. Slightly more firmer structured than the 2007, the 2010 must tip the scales at over 15% alcohol given its level of glycerin and mouth-coating viscosity. This sensational effort still has some tannins to shed, but it is beautifully rich, pure and multidimensional. Give it 2-3 years of cellaring, and drink it over the following 15-20 years.
More from Robert Parker: "Vincent Durieu, who is now in complete charge at Domaine Durieu, has upgraded the quality of their traditional cuvee of Chateauneuf du Pape, which is a blend of 80% Grenache and the rest Mourvedre, Syrah and Cinsault aged in cement. He has also added a fabulous wine called Lucile Avril, which is 90% Grenache and the rest Mourvedre and Syrah from 40- to 105-year-old vines." 15% abv.