2010 Domaine Grand Veneur Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1110603 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape (70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre) is an opaque purple-colored beauty revealing lots of creme de cassis, black raspberry, licorice and camphor notes. Sexy and full-throttle as well as supple and more evolved than many 2010 Chateauneufs, it can be enjoyed now and over the next 10-12 years. With impressive holdings in the northern sector of Chateauneuf du Pape as well as an ever expanding, high quality negociant business, brothers Christophe and Sebastian Jaume have taken this estate, established in 1826, to new heights. The estate wines, which are sold under the Domaine Grand Veneur label, are classic, quasi-modern-styled Chateauneuf du Papes that represent brilliant examples of their impeccable viticulture and winemaking.  (10/ 2012)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Opaque ruby. Sexy aromas of blackberry, cherry-cola, minerals and incense. Precise and vibrant, with terrific cut to its intense flavors of bitter cherry and dark fruit preserves and licorice. Still youthfully tight and bound-up but gains flesh and sweetness with air. Shows very good clarity and energy, finishing smooth, sappy and long.  (2/ 2013)

91 points Wine Spectator

 A plump, juicy style, with a mouthfilling feel to the linzer torte, boysenberry and plum compote fruit flavors. The finish is nicely structured, with a graphite spine and lingering ganache and anise hints that stretch out as they air in the glass. Solid length. Drink now through 2022.  (7/ 2012)

Jancis Robinson

 In conversion to organic. 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre. 30% spends 16 months in barrique, 70% spends 16 months in concrete. Very dark, glowing crimson. Mineral nose. Sweet and intensely black cherry fruit. Very well-managed tannins which are certainly there. Very luxurious young wine. But it finishes quite tannic and dry for the moment.  (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