2010 Clos Saint Jean "Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1095518 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 More deep, rich and layered, with smoke, dried earth, ground pepper, leather, and ripe blackberry-styled fruit, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is an incredible effort that has me purchasing more bottles every time I taste it. Showing more concentration than both the '11 and '09, with sweet tannin, it closed down slightly right after release, but was drinking beautifully on this occasion. (JD)  (8/ 2014)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Densely packed, but deliciously racy, with linzer torte and blackberry confiture notes coursing along, supported by mouthwatering toasted anise, roasted apple wood and graphite notes. The long finish flashes a Turkish coffee edge but remains silky overall.  (2/ 2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Saturated ruby. Sexy, highly perfumed aromas of red berry liqueur, cherry and licorice, with a powerful floral topnote. Sappy and deeply concentrated, offering palate-staining black raspberry and spicecake flavors and an exotic suggestion of candied flowers. The long finish closes on a floral note, with silky tannins adding shape.  (2/ 2013)

K&L Notes

The 2010 is 85% old-vine Grenache with Syrah and Mourvedre making up the rest of the blend. 16% 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 (%): 16