2010 Château de Beaucastel "Hommage à Jacques Perrin" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Previously $570)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
I don't know what more a wine could offer. Inky blue/purple, with an extraordinary nose of smoked duck, grilled steaks, Provencal herbs, blackberries, blueberries, kirsch, licorice and truffle, enormously massive, concentrated, full-bodied and built for 30-50 years of cellaring, this wine, which is dominated by its Mourvedre component, is a tour de force, a spectacular, world-class wine. It is going to require some patience, though, and seems to need 4-5 years of cellaring. It should again be almost ageless in its potential.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(based on 70% Mourvedre, with roughly 10% each of Syrah, Grenache and Counoise): Bright ruby. A drop-dead, room-filling bouquet evokes black raspberry liqueur, incense, anise and lavender, with smoke and herb overtones. Sappy and penetrating, offering deeply pitched but lively dark berry and cherry flavors and an exotic touch of candied flowers. Fine-grained tannins come up with air and give grip to an endless, fruit- and mineral-dominated finish. This remarkable wine would be at the top of my Chateauneuf to-buy list this vintage if I had the resources to swim in such waters.
Only 500 cases of this finest bottling were produced. Mourvedre was particularly good in Chateauneauf in 2010, so this was right in Beaucastel's wheel house. They weren't going to miss. 15% abv.