2009 Domaine Grand Veneur "Les Origines" Châteauneuf du Pape (Previously $60)

SKU #1071059 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Origines (1,500 cases produced) is a blend of 50% Grenache, a whopping 30% Mourvedre and 20% Syrah with the latter two components spending time in new oak barrels. All of the fruit comes from vines that are nearly 70 years of age. A great wine with an opaque ruby/purple color, sensational fruit intensity and notes of graphite, lavender, licorice, lead pencil shavings and subtle smoke, it is full-bodied, rich and powerful with low acidity and sweet, velvety tannins. It should drink well for 15+ years.  (10/ 2010)

91-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Opaque ruby. Sexy aromas of red and dark berry preserves and apricot pit and a spicy quality that gains strength with air. Very fresh, juicy raspberry and blackberry flavors gather depth and spiciness with aeration. Shows serious depth but there's excellent energy here as well. Finishes with very good lift and excellent clarity.  (4/ 2011)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Dark and winey, with velvety layers of crushed plum, blueberry and anise supported by a strong graphite note and carrying through the long, spice- and violet-filled finish. Drink now through 2018.  (11/ 2011)

K&L Notes

15.5% abv.

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape

Alcohol Content (%): 15.5