2009 Comte Louis de Clermont-Tonnerre (Alain Corcia) "Cuvee Julie" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Previously $30)
90-92 points Robert Parker: "The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Julie (70% Grenache and 30% Syrah) has a more saturated ruby/purple color and a big, sweet kiss of blackberry, boysenberry, black cherry, licorice, and camphor. Full-bodied, with unctuosity and some heady alcohol, it displays impressive purity, texture, and depth and should drink well for at least a decade or more." (10/10) Alain Corcia, the Burgundy negociant, ironically does most of his best work with his southern Cotes du Rhone selections. He has built a very nice portfolio of excellent values at the low end and some serious Chateauneuf du Papes (all named after his family members). The Chateauneuf du Papes are all aged in small traditional Burgundy barrels with no new oak, but the blends vary considerably. The wines, named after Alain Corcia’s children, wife, and father, are all produced in lots of about 250 cases. 14% abv.