2010 Domaine de la Côte de L'Ange "Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
If you can find any, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes, which comes from nearly 80-year-old vines planted in sandy and limestone soils, is a blend of 85% Grenache aged in foudres and 15% Mourvedre aged in small oak casks. The 2007 version of this wine is prodigious, but this is close and may even eclipse that wine, but time will be the final arbiter. Dense purple, with a full-bodied mouthfeel, loads of blackberry fruit, intense kirsch, oodles of licorice, lavender, and garrigue notes, this is layered, sumptuous, full-throttle wine with good acidity, sweet, moderate tannin, and a skyscraper-like mouthfeel and finish. Drink this sensational wine over the next 20-25 years. It is one of the great wines of the vintage.
This is gorgeous, with a stunning, velvety mouthfeel that lets layer upon layer of braised fig, melted licorice, boysenberry preserves and cherry confiture glide along, while extra pastis, ganache and Turkish coffee notes fill in the background. Features a long, dense, but polished and poised finish. Best from 2015 through 2030. (Web Only- 08/2012)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(80% grenache and 20% mourvedre, aged in barriques): Glass-staining ruby. Powerful aromas of dark berries and cherry compote are lifted by orange pith and candied lavender. Broad, palate-staining red and dark berry flavors show impressive depth and pick up spiciness with air. Finishes sweet and long, with resonating floral and spice notes.
"This estate, run by Yannick and Corinne Gasparri, is at the top of its game, as recent vintages over the last decade have all been very strong," writes Robert Parker. "The introduction of the two special cuvees, the Cuvee Vieilles Vignes and the Mourvedre-dominated Secret de L’Ange, provides further evidence of their talent and access to fabulous fruit. The 2010s are brilliant wines across the board." (10/2012) 14.5% abv.