2010 Olivier Hillaire Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1086433 90-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The dense purple-colored 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape offers up rich aromas of Asian plum sauce, raspberries, black cherries, spice box, garrigue and meaty notes. Sweet tannins, a fleshy, full-bodied mouthfeel, and a heady aftertaste make for a gorgeous, sumptuous, front end-loaded red to drink over the next 10-12 years.  (10/ 2011)

90-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (93% grenache and 7% syrah): Vivid ruby. Distinctly ripe aromas of candied cherry and blackberry, with strong spicy lift. Juicy and broad but lively, with very good clarity to its red and dark berry flavors. Finishes long and spicy, with very good focus. I like this wine's fat-free character.  (2/ 2012)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Still a touch raw, with a coating of singed wood and coffee notes that are yet to meld fully. But there’s velvety-textured blackberry, plum sauce and boysenberry fruit, with a long, spice-tinged finish. Should settle in soon enough. Best from 2014 through 2025. (Web Only- 08/2012)

Jancis Robinson

 93% Grenache, 7% Syrah. 18 months in foudre. 30,000 bottles. Greyish crimson with smudgy rim. Satisfying, lip smacking, super-fruity nose. Very luscious fruit just about disguises the tannins. Very pleasing and vigorous.  (12/ 2011)

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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