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95 points Decanter: "Enjoys a deep nose with white pepper, graphite notes and bright red fruits. The palate is powerful and intense with black cherry and dark, muscular berry fruit, crisp acid and some neat, grippy, slightly salted tannins. The finish is long with berries and spice." (6/2016) Jancis Robinson: "Tank/cask sample. 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, 5% Carignan and other varieties. Four months in foudres and stainless steel. Rich and complete. Nice peppery note. An interesting wine." (10/2014) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Cotes du Rhone is mostly Grenache and Syrah, and has a classic southern Rhone ...Read More »
The Verquiere estate has been passed down from father to son for many generations and is now managed by brothers Romain and Thibaut Chamfort. Following age-old traditions and sustainable practices, the estate was recently certified organic. The Cotes du Rhone is a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah, grown on chalky clay soils with loads of large pebbles in the vineyards. Verquiere recently returned to us after a long hiatus and we are pleased to have them back.
A blend of 80 percent Grenache and 20 percent Carignane from a family-run winery in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the top Vacqueyras out there, the 2012 Vacqueyras G is an even split of Grenache and Syrah that’s aged 12 months in barrel. Tasting more like a Chateauneuf du Pape than a Vacqueyras, it boasts stunning notes of black raspberry, kirsch, licorice, roasted meats and spice-box, all of which have sticking purity, freshness and detail. Full-bodied, voluptuous and also concentrated, this is one sexy 2012 to drink over the coming 7-8 years, if not longer. (JD)" (1/2015)
91 points Vinous: "Deep ruby. Spice- and smoke-accented cherry and dark berry aromas are complemented by suggestions of candied violet and cracked pepper. Spicy, energetic and sharply focused on the palate, offering concentrated bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors that open up slowly with air. Distinctly northern Rhône in personality and texture, featuring a peppery, floral-dominated finish, smooth tannins and excellent closing thrust and persistence. The quality of this bottling consistently outpaces its price and appellation, and that's especially true in this vint ...Read More »
Costières de Nîmes is at the southernmost part of the Rhône Valley sitting on the opposite bank of Chateauneuf du Pape. One of our best new finds is Chateau de l'Ermitage which produces three terrific values with imminent drinkability. The estate's history traces back to the 12th century when the winery produced wine for the pilgirms of Saint Jacques de Compostelle who were traveling the Santiago de Compostela. The property is now owned by Castillon family and today Michel and his son Jerome manage the vineyards and winemaking. The "Victor" is named for ... Read More »
91 points Vinous: "Deep red. Fresh, mineral-tinged red and dark berry scents are given depth by suggestions of licorice and cola. Sappy raspberry and boysenberry flavors show very good depth and pick up a suave lavender pastille nuance on the back half. Concentrated yet lively, delivering strong thrust and smooth, even tannins that build steadily through a long, floral-dominated finish. (JR)" (4/2016) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Solidly ripe, with an ample core of raspberry, plum and blackberry puree notes, pushed by a lively licorice edge. Lots of fruitcake and sweet spice accents coat the finish, sh ...Read More »
Costières de Nîmes is at the southernmost part of the Rhône Valley, on the opposite bank of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. One of our best new finds is Château de l'Ermitage which produces three terrific values with imminent drinkability. The estate's history traces back to the 12th century when the winery produced wine for the pilgrims of St-Jacques de Compostelle who were traveling the Santiago de Compostela. The property is now owned by the Castillon family, and today Michel and his son Jerome manage the vineyards and winemaking. The "Victor" is named for the f... Read More »
98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Starting with the 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reserve, this wine showed spectacularly on release, closed down for a few years, and has now emerged, at close to full maturity, and is straight-up fabulous. Out of the entire tasting, it remained my favorite. Giving up gorgeous blackberry, currants, garrigue, pepper and beef blood, it hits the palate with a massive, full-bodied texture that carries layers of sweet fruit, awesome concentration and blockbuster length. Tasting like the essence of both this estate and the terroir, it’s an incredible wine that ...Read More »
Wine Spectator: "The raspberry and plum fruit is lightly mulled, accented by gentle cinnamon and licorice notes. Offers a juicy, open finish. Drink now. 7,500 cases made. (JM)" (11/2015) K&L Notes: Just across the Rhône river from the esteemed vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, this 88-acre estate is owned and operated by Rodolphe de Pins, a UC Davis graduate and former member of the winemaking staff at Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe. Montfaucon crafts their Côtes du Rhône to express the intense fruit characteristics of the appellation, blending to achieve harmony and balance.
According to the importer, Paris Wine Company: "The wines of Domaine de la Jaufrette are resolutely old-fashioned, as the domaine has refused to change the winemaking style since the André and Paulette Chastan moved to Orange in the 1950s. The couple both came from winemaking families in the Southern Rhone (André from Vaqueyras, Paulette from Gigondas), but they wanted to create their own domaine, so as a young married couple, they purchased land just on the edge of Chateauneuf-du-Pape and planted 5 hectares of Cotes-du-Rhone. Over the next decades, they... Read More »
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The straight up fabulous 2015 Tavel Les Lauzeraies is a layered, medium-bodied, beautifully textured Tavel that offers lots of flowers, lavender, spice and both cherry and raspberry fruit. Showing a touch of saltiness on the finish, drink this beauty with food over the coming year or so. (JD)" (5/2016) Wine Spectator: "A ripe rosé, with cherry and anise notes that stay focused and fresh, showing a flash of warm stone accents through the finish. Offers a juicy feel overall. Drink now. (JM)" (8/2016) K&L Notes: Rejoice Tavel! In a time when very high quality rosés line our shelves, when ... Read More »
An award winner at many French wine competitions, the Dame Victoria is an impressive Rhône red raised not far from the fabled vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Warmly fruited and full of robust, rustic character, the nose offers minerality and blue fruit notes, which are echoed on the palate and joined with berries, berries, and more berries. Elegant on the supple finish, this is just the red to pair with chicken, burgers, roasts and cheesy vegetarian dishes.
Laurence Feraud and her father Paul run the benchmark Chateauneuf du Pape estate Domaine Pegau. Laurence also runs a successful negociant business purchasing grapes farmed to her specifications and they often represent some of the best values in the region. The 2015 Selection Cotes du Rhone may be the best yet from one of the most highly anticipated vintages since the hallowed 2007 vintage. The wine shows traditional characteristics of spice and tobacco but with an almost opulent red and black fruit quality that is the hallmark of the year. One of ou... Read More »
92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Even more impressive, the estate's old vine cuvee, the 2012 Rasteau La Fontaine, is consistently one of the top 2-3 wines in the vintage. A blend of mostly tank-aged Grenache, with a splash of Mourvedre (aged in demi-muid), this gorgeous effort tastes like the essence of Rasteau. Black fruits, dried spices, garrigue and mineral-like aromas all flow from the glass and this full-bodied, concentrated and blockbuster-styled Rasteau will benefit from a year or two in the cellar, and evolve gracefully for upward of a decade. Located in Rasteau, Domaine La Coll ...Read More »
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Smoking good in the vintage, with full-bodied richness and sweet tannin, it boasts perfumed notes of garrigue, Asian spice, dried flowers and kirsch liqueur to go with big fruit, no hard edges and a drink-me-now feel. It’s drinking at point for me, and I’d consume bottles over the coming couple of years while it’s showing so well. (JD)" (8/2014) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Light red. Fresh, floral nose offers aromas of dried cherry, cranberry, fresh rose and garrigue Warm and lush on the palate, with slightly roasted red berry and plum flavors. Finishes with gentle tannins and linger ...Read More »
96 points Wine Spectator: "One of the more endowed 2009s, this is packed with dark smoldering cocoa, mesquite, tobacco and roasted fig notes, all inlaid with pure cassis and plum preserves fruit flavors. Long and authoritative on the finish, with singed vanilla bean and tar notes adding length and dimension. Best from 2015 through 2026." (2/2012) 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape is reminiscent of their brilliant 1985. It will be one of the rare Beaucastels that is drinkable upon release. Made from this estate’s classic blend, it possesses soft tannins as well as a silky, open ...Read More »
Inventory: Main Warehouse
Costières de Nîmes is at the southernmost part of the Rhône Valley, sitting on the opposite bank of Chateauneuf du Pape. One of our best new finds is Château de l'Ermitage which produces three terrific values with imminent drinkability. The estate's history traces back to the 12th century when the winery produced wine for the pilgrims of St-Jacques de Compostelle who were traveling the Santiago de Compostela. The property is now owned by the Castillon family, and today Michel and his son Jerome manage the vineyards and winemaking. The "Victor" is named f... Read More »
Inventory: Redwood City
90 points Wine Spectator: "This sports a brambly feel, with lots of dark licorice and warm fruitcake notes mixing with lightly steeped plum and blackberry fruit. Maintains good energy through the modestly toasted finish. Drink now through 2017. 4,200 cases made. (JM)" (11/2016) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The top red of the estate is the 2013 Baron Louis Lirac and it’s a blend of 55% Grenache, 15% each of Syrah and Cinsault, and the rest Carignan and Mourvèdre. More concentrated and structured than the straight Lirac, yet also more austere and firm, it has savory notes of wood smoke, black currants, sandalwood ...Read More »
91 points Vinous: "Ruby-red. Highly perfumed aromas of cherry, potpourri and smoky minerals are complemented by a suggestion of peppery spices. Shows very good clarity and lift on the palate, offering bitter cherry, boysenberry and lavender pastille flavors that gain sweetness and weight with air. At once rich and lithe, with velvety tannins coming in late and adding grip to the long, floral-tinged finish. (JR)" (4/2016) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The same blend as the 2014, the 2013 Gigondas Ventabren comes from the oldest vines on the estate and is 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Cinsault; it was f ...Read More »
89-91 points Vinous: "Bright ruby-red. Heady smoke- and spice-accented aromas of dark fruit preserves, mustard seed, white pepper and lavender are enlivened by a mineral nuance. Palate-coating blueberry and cherry compote flavors are lifted by smoky mineral and floral nuances. Expands and deepens on the finish, which is framed by smooth, subtle tannins. This sexy, floral wine should be appealing on the young side but it also looks like it has the depth to age. (JR)" (5/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Gigondas is a straightforward and enjoyable effort that gives up plenty of dark fruits and Prov ...Read More »
The Leperchois family, who has been making wine in the Rhône Valley since 1920, turned to organic farming in 1997 when they realized that pollution was impoverishing their soil. Their Lunar Apogé line takes this ethos one step further--it is Demeter-certified organic and biodynamic. They use only natural yeasts and hand harvesting, working intricately with the rhythms of the seasons. 50% Grenache, 20% Cinsault, 15% Clairette.
95 points Wine Spectator: "*Collectibles* A solidly grippy, old-school version, with lots of brick dust, roasted chestnut and fresh tobacco leaf notes coating the core of steeped plum, raspberry and black cherry fruit. Offers a broad and woodsy feel through the finish, with singed cedar and juniper details pumping throughout, delivering ample flesh and fruit for balance. This has grip to burn and should cruise in the cellar. (JM)" (2/2016) 93 points Vinous: "Bright ruby-red. A highly perfumed and complex bouquet evokes mineral-accented dried cherries, raspberry liqueur, garrigue and potpourri. Sweet, ...Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco
Chante Cigale means singing cicada (a type of grasshopper/cricket). The property has been in the family since the 19th century and is currently run by Alexandre Favier who assumed the reins at the ripe old age of 20! The domaine is planted to 40 ha of red and 5 ha of white on 45 different parcels throughout the appellation. L'Apostrophe is a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah grown in Travaillan, about 15 km from Châteauneuf-du-Pape. This is a fresh and fruity everyday sipper to drink early and often.
92-94 points Vinous: "Inky ruby. Expressive aromas of cherry, black raspberry, licorice and smoky minerals, with a dark chocolate element building slowly. Then tightly wound and focused on the palate, offering intense flavors of dark berries, bitter cherry and candied flowers. Powerful but at the same time quite elegant, finishing with wonderful clarity and length and smooth tannins. (JR)" (4/2015) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Châteauneuf du Pape is a beauty and has a rare level of concentration and depth in the vintage. Blueberry, crushed flowers, pepper, and violet aromas and flavors flow nicely ...Read More »
According to the importer, Paris Wine Company: "The wines of Domaine de la Jaufrette are resolutely old-fashioned, as the domaine has refused to change the winemaking style since the André and Paulette Chastan moved to Orange in the 1950s... Today, the Domaine de la Jaufrette is run by Alain’s son Frederic, who has maintained the same traditional winemaking philosophy. Vinification is a slow process - the fermentation occurs naturally in large concrete tanks, where the wine is allowed to sit for up to a year. It is then aged in a mix of used foudres and ... Read More »
91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Looking at the 2012s, all of which were tasted from barrel, the 2012 Vacqueyras Vieilles Vignes checks in as a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvedre that was aged all in concrete tank. Deep, rich and layered, with ample blackberry, blackcurrant, smoke, licorice and tinges of flowers, this full-bodied beauty has loads of potential and is a smoking value. Concentrated, with fine tannin and excellent overall freshness, it should be reasonably approachable on release and have over a decade of longevity. (JD)" (12/2013) 91-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright violet color. Cherry and dark be ...Read More »
96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Beaucastel’s 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape has turned out even better out of bottle than I predicted. An inky/ruby/purple color is followed by a glorious nose of blue and black fruits, truffles, pen ink, licorice, and meat juices as well as glorious levels of acidity and sweet tannin, buttressing the fruit’s fabulous freshness and vibrancy. This full-bodied effort still displays considerable tannin, no doubt because of the relatively high Mourvedre content. It should resolve its tannins in 2-4 years, and last for 25 or more. (RP)" (10/2009) 96 points Wine Spectator: "*Collectibles* This ...Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco
95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The powerful, rich 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Anonyme reveals an off-the-chart level of extract, lots of glycerin (nearly 16% natural alcohol) and copious black cherry, blueberry, forest floor, lavender and graphite characteristics. This full-throttle red requires 3-4 years of cellaring and should keep for two decades. Xavier Vignon, along with Philippe Cambie, are probably the two most highly renowned oenologists in Chateauneuf du Pape as well as some of the surrounding Cotes du Rhone regions. (RP)" (10/2012)
92-94 points Vinous: "Deep ruby. Exotically perfumed scents of dark berries, dried flowers, incense and peppery spices; there was a lot of stem inclusion here and it shows. Spicy, sweet and penetrating, showing excellent depth to its black raspberry and floral pastille flavors, which spread out nicely on the back half. Pure, focused and seamless in texture, finishing with outstanding thrust and spicy persistence. (JR)" (4/2015) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "92+ points. One of the most structured wines in the vintage, the 2013 Châteauneuf du Pape Chante le Merle Vieilles Vignes gives up ample kirsch, licoric ...Read More »
91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Looking at the reds and the only 2011 I was able to taste (I’m not sure if they produced their other two cuvees or not), the 2011 Vacqueyras G (50/50 blend of Grenache and Syrah aged in 1-3-year-old barrels) is a fruit loaded, medium to full-bodied effort that has fresh, lively aromatics (plum, violets, underbrush and spice), juicy acidity and quality tannin. It’s a rock star in the vintage and should drink nicely through 2021. Covering 45 acres in Vacqueyras, Domaine le Colombier produces four cuvees; a classic white; a traditional, concrete tank-aged ...Read More »
Wine Spectator: "Ebullient cherry and raspberry fruit flavors stream along, lined with a light licorice note. Open-knit finish. Drink now. 1,250 cases made. (JM)" (11/2015) K&L Notes: An 88-acre estate, Château de Montfaucon sits just across the Rhône River from the esteemed vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It is owned and operated by Rodolphe de Pins, a UC Davis graduate and former member of the winemaking staff at Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe. Over the years, Château de Montfaucon has developed a HUGE following amongst both our staff and customers.
Mon Coeur ("my heart") is a unique Jean-Louis Chave wine not just because of the appellation, but because of its grape sources. Eight excellent vineyards in the areas of Valreas, Visan and Buisson all chosen for their low yields and exceptional quality of fruit where used. This wine is lustrous red-violet in color with a nose of violets. The wines sweet spices are alluring characteristics of this elegant wine.
Domaine de Fontbonau is a partnership between the president of Chateau Latour, Frédéric Engerer, and Jérôme Sarda Malet. This blend of Grenache and Syrah is sourced from vines aged 30-70 years. Though the 2012 vintage has yet to be reviewed, Wine Spectator praised the 2011 bottling: "The core of juicy raspberry and blackberry fruit has melded with briary tannins and a backdrop of pepper, tobacco and anise in this late-release. Solid." (Web Only—2015)
The Leperchois family, who has been making wine in the Rhône Valley since 1920, turned to organic farming in 1997 when they realized that pollution was impoverishing their soil. Their Lunar Apogé line takes this ethos one step further--it is Demeter-certified organic and biodynamic. They use only natural yeasts and hand harvesting, working intricately with the rhythms of the seasons. A blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre from 35-year-old vines.
95 points Wine Spectator: "Dark, inviting and very alluring, with captivating black tea, charred mesquite and kirsch aromas and flavors allied to a remarkably silky mouthfeel. Superlong, with mineral, violet, pepper and additional crushed cherry and plum fruit notes all gliding through the finish. Best from 2011 through 2027. (JM)" (10/2010) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Vincent Avril fashioned one of the finest 2008 Chateauneuf du Papes of the appellation. Made from a classic blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah and the rest an assortment of permitted varietals, it exhibits a dark color as well as a ...Read More »
96 points Wine Spectator: "This is crammed with a massive core of blueberry compote, braised fig and mulled blackberry and boysenberry fruit flavors, all wound up with graphite tannins and backed by a strong, iron-filled spine. This has serious depth and drive, with gorgeous mocha and espresso aromatics flittering throughout. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Best from 2010 through 2024. (JM)" (1/2009) 92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is fashioned from old vine Grenache (90%) and the rest Syrah and Mourvedre, the last two components aged in new oak. The fruit comes from par ...Read More »
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Tavel from Chateau de Trinquevedel is outstanding, with perfumed notes of red currants, black cherries and garrigue all flowing to a medium-bodied, clean, classy, impeccably balanced Rosé that has both freshness and texture. Made from 57% Grenache and the rest Clairette, Cinsault, Syrah, Mourvedre and Bourboulenc (both from direct press and saignee), drink it over the coming year. (JD)" (5/2016) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid orange. Potent cherry and red currant scents, along with hints of blood orange and pungent flowers. Sappy and focused, offering bitter cherry and b ...Read More »
A gem from Gigondas, the Jaufrette is 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre from an exciting vintage. It’s held in the winery’s own cellar until it’s ready for release. Blackberries, Maraska cherries, garrigue, cocoa powder and coffee lead to a mouthfilling wine. The more this opens, the more you’re pulled in. (Keith Mabry, K&L Rhone buyer) More on the domaine, from the importer, Paris Wine Company: "The wines of Domaine de la Jaufrette are resolutely old-fashioned, as the domaine has refused to change the winemaking style since the André and Paulet... Read More »
Named for the family's second-generation winemaker, Cécile Chassagne took over the family vineyard in Gigondas which was planted by his father in 1974. This blend of Grenache, Mourvedre, and Syrah is made in a traditional method without destemming. A long fermentation in open-topped wood tanks followed by aging the wine for four months in new Allier oak. The resulting wine is medium-bodied in a meaty and elegant expression of Gigondas terroir.
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape (70% Grenache and 15% each of Syrah and Mourvedre) is beautiful, with medium to full-bodied richness, lots of sweet black raspberry fruit, graphite, bouquet garni and licorice aromatics, and sweet, building tannin that comes through on the finish. It shows the purity and balance of the vintage, and will dish out loads of pleasure over the coming decade or more.(JD) In case you haven’t been following any of the Wine Advocate reports over the past decade, Domaine de La Janasse, under the leadership of siblings Christophe and I ...Read More »
93-95 points Vinous: "Vivid ruby-red. Potent raspberry, potpourri and garriguescents expand with air, picking up smoke and mineral nuances and a hint of olive. Sweet and seamless in texture, offering intense cassis and red berry compote flavors and a touch of licorice. Blends richness and vivacity smoothly, finishing spicy, focused and very long, with dusty tannins adding grip. (JR)" (4/2015) 94 points Wine Spectator: "Very juicy and lively in feel, with pepper, tobacco and bay leaf notes leading the way for a core of raspberry, bitter plum and red currant coulis flavors. The long finish lets the pepper ...Read More »
93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Given the difficulty with Grenache in 2013, the Grenache-dominated 2013 Châteauneuf du Pape Imperiale (Vigne Centenaires) is a head-turner that offers terrific notes of plum, black cherries, mulberries, dried flowers and licorice. (JD)" (10/2015) 91 points Vinous: "Brilliant ruby. Fresh blackberry, cherry cola and potpourri aromas are energized by a peppery nuance. Sweet, broad and seamless in texture, offering juicy, nicely concentrated red and dark berry flavors and a hint of candied lavender. Shows excellent depth, breadth and power on the gently tannic finish, and a hint ...Read More »
99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A candidate for perfection, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Imperiale Vignes Centenaire is clearly the greatest wine I have ever tasted from Raymond Usseglio, even eclipsing their remarkable 2007. Don’t be surprised if it merits a three-digit score in five or six years. Somewhat closed, but bursting with potential, the wine is inky/purple to the rim and boasts abundant amounts of concentrated, jammy blackberry, kirsch, licorice, lavender, forest floor, white chocolate and a hint of truffles in its magnificent perfume. Some tannins appear in the mouth, ...Read More »
Jancis Robinson: "75% Grenache, 25% Syrah hand picked on Nicolas Haeni's relatively new, high estate. 30% free run. Pale lipstick pink. Good substance in the mouth, lightly chewy and just the merest suggestion of sweetness in its strawberry fruit thanks to the Grenache portion. Attractive dry finish. Well made and confident. Definitely southern Rhône rather than Provençal. Juicy." (7/2016) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Giving up some resinous herbs and tart cherry nuances, the 2015 Rose from Domaine Malmont is medium-bodied, fresh and lively, with some tart acidity on the finish. (JD)" (5/2016)
94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvee Chaupin, which I was able to taste (and drink) from multiple bottles, is a beautiful Grenache that comes from the cooler, northeastern edge of the appellation. Coming almost all from the Chapouin lieu-dit (it gets a small bit from La Janasse), it gives up the classic notes of black berries, spring flowers, violets, and licorice that I always seem to find in this cuvee. Building nicely on the palate, it is medium to full-bodied, beautifully textured, has tons of sweet fruit and solid, if not firm, tannin that come out on ...Read More »
98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The best bottle of this I've had (and I've had plenty), Usseglio's 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee de Mon Aieul is a blockbuster and one of the true stars of this vintage. Almost all Grenache (there's a small part of Syrah and Cinsault) that was harvest between September 1-13, partially destemmed and aged in both tank and foudre, this massive, voluptuous effort is almost overflowing with notes of ground herbs, chocolate dusted meats, black fruits and licorice. Showing none of the negative traits of the vintage, with beautiful purity and freshness, sweet t ...Read More »
92 points Vinous: "Bright ruby. Assertively perfumed aromas of fresh black and blue fruits, spicecake and garrigue, and suggestions of cola and woodsmoke. Sappy and seamless on the palate, offering deeply concentrated boysenberry, black raspberry and floral pastille flavors that become spicier and more energetic with air. Supple tannins build on the tenacious finish, which shows outstanding clarity and resonating spiciness. (JR)" (4/2016) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Features a hearty core of black currant, fig and blackberry fruit inlaid with prominent tobacco and chestnut leaf notes that impart a deci ...Read More »
96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape St.-Georges possesses magnificent fruit in addition to a skyscraper-like mouthfeel, majestic richness, a layered texture, phenomenal purity and a classic style displaying plenty of bouquet garni, licorice, seaweed, cassis and kirsch characteristics. This sensational 2010 is soft enough to be drunk now, but will be even better with 2-3 years of cellaring. It should last for two decades. A microscopic estate owned by Coralie Goumarre, Domaine Galevan was established, remarkably, in 1780, but the first estate-bottled wine did no ...Read More »