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Library Wine Department - Featuring Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 12/14/2017 - Rhone Valley

Our Library Wine Department is a treasure trove of some of the most highly collectible and sought after wines in the market. From classic Bordeaux estates to the hottest new cult wineries, our selection is guaranteed to impress.

Highlighted this week are collectibles from Châteauneuf-du-Pape.. In this list you’ll find bottlings from: Clos des Papes, Domaine de la Janasse, Domaine de la Vieille, Paul Autard, Pierre Usseglio, and more. Whether you are looking for a bottle for a special occasion or to add to your collection, we have the depth of stock to meet whatever your needs may be.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
1998 Bosquet des Papes "Cuvée Tradition" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2 $59.99 View
2000 Bosquet des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2 $49.99 View
1998 Cabrières "Cuvée Prestige Tête de Cru" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 94 1 $59.99 View
2006 Chapoutier "La Bernardine" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2 $39.99 View
1998 Château Cabrières Châteauneuf-du-Pape 90 3 $44.99 View
2001 Château de Beaucastel "Hommage à Jacques Perrin" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1.5L) 99 1 $799.99 View
2010 Château de Beaucastel "Hommage à Jacques Perrin" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1.5L) 100 1 $999.99 View
2007 Château de Beaucastel Roussanne Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Vieilles Vignes 99 5 $149.99 View
1999 Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape 92 1 $39.99 View
1990 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape 96 2 $319.99 View
2003 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape 97 13 $119.99 View
2006 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape 95 1 $119.99 View
2007 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape 100 2 $179.99 View
2004 Clos du Mont-Olivet "Cuvée des Papet" Châteauneuf du Pape 94 1 Price: Hidden View
2010 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape 93 33 $39.99 View
2011 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape 91 39 Price: Hidden View
2009 Clos Saint-Jean "Combe des Fous" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 99 4 $139.99 View
2003 Clos Saint-Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape 91 3 $44.99 View
2001 Cuvee du Vatican Châteauneuf-du-Pape 91 2 $39.99 View
2009 Cuvée du Vatican Châteauneuf-du-Pape 91 1 $39.99 View
2001 Domaine Beaurenard Châteauneuf-du-Pape 91 8 $49.99 View
2003 Domaine de Cristia "Renaissance" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 95 2 Price: Hidden View
2007 Domaine de Cristia Châteauneuf-du-Pape 92 17 $35.99 View
2007 Domaine de Ferrand Châteauneuf-du-Pape 98 2 $109.99 View
2001 Domaine de la Charbonnière "Les Hautes Brusquieres Cuvee Speciale" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1 Price: Hidden View
2007 Domaine De La Charbonnière "Les Hautes Brusquières" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 96 1 Price: Hidden View
2006 Domaine de la Janasse "Chaupin" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 96 1 $74.99 View
1998 Domaine de la Janasse "Cuvee Chaupin" Châteanuneuf-du-Pape 95 3 $79.99 View
2012 Domaine de la Janasse "Tradition" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 92 1 $49.99 View
2001 Domaine de la Janasse "Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 97 1 $149.99 View
2011 Domaine de la Janasse "Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 96 1 $89.99 View
2007 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 100 1 $229.99 View
2009 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 99 1 $149.99 View
2001 Domaine de la Solitude "La Réserve Secrète" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 98 1 Price: Hidden View
2005 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf-du-Pape 95 1 $69.99 View
2006 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf-du-Pape 95 1 $64.99 View
2000 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf-du-Pape "Vieilles Vignes" 1 Price: Hidden View
2007 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1.5L) 95 1 Price: Hidden View
2011 Domaine de Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1 Price: Hidden View
2005 Domaine de Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape "Vieilles Vignes" 97 2 $189.99 View
1998 Domaine du Caillou "Réserve Cuvee Unique" Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 90 1 $169.99 View
2012 Domaine du Banneret Châteauneuf-du-Pape 4 Price: Hidden View
2007 Domaine du Galet des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 5 Price: Hidden View
2012 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe "La Crau" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 94 10 $69.99 View
2000 Domaine Ferrand Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2 Price: Hidden View
1998 Domaine Font de Michelle "Etienne Gonnet" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1 $59.99 View
1998 Domaine Font de Michelle Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2 $44.99 View
2007 Domaine Giraud "Grenaches de Pierre" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 100 1 $199.99 View
2011 Domaine Giraud "Tradition" Chateauneuf-du-Pape 93 1 Price: Hidden View
2009 Domaine Grand Veneur "Les Origines" Châteauneuf du Pape (1.5L) 1 Price: Hidden View
2003 Domaine Grand Veneur "Les Origines" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 95 10 $64.99 View
2003 Domaine la Millière "Cuvée Unique" Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 5 Price: Hidden View
2012 Domaine Olivier Hillaire "Les Petits Pieds d'Armand" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 95 >36 Price: Hidden View
2012 Domaine Olivier Hillaire Châteauneuf-du-Pape 93 22 $39.99 View
2009 Domaine Pierre Usseglio "Mon Aïeul" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 95 11 $59.99 View
2007 Domaine Pierre Usseglio "Tradition" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 93 38 $44.99 View
2006 Domaine Pierre Usseglio Châteauneuf-du-Pape "Tradition" 91 17 Price: Hidden View
2005 Domaine Pierre Usseglio et Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape 92 15 Price: Hidden View
1998 Domaine Raymond Usseglio Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1 $49.99 View
2001 Domaine Roger Perrin "Reserve des Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2 Price: Hidden View
2001 Domaine St. Benoit "Cuvee de Grande Garde" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2 $34.99 View
2000 Domaine Vacheron-Pouizin "Domaine du Caillou Les Quartz" Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2 Price: Hidden View
2006 Grand Veneur Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 95 1 $79.99 View
2001 Joseph Sabon "Clos du Mont-Olivet" Chateauneuf-du-Pape 1 $39.99 View
2007 Les Cailloux (Lucien et André Brunel) "Cuvée Centenaire" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 97 5 Price: Hidden View
2009 Lucien & Andre Brunel "Les Cailloux" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 95 30 $39.99 View
2006 M. Chapoutier "Barbe Rac" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 94 2 Price: Hidden View
2004 M. Chapoutier "Croix de Bois" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1 Price: Hidden View
2007 Paul Autard "Cuvée Juline" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 95 2 $59.99 View
2000 Paul Autard "La Côte Ronde" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 91 2 Price: Hidden View
2005 Paul Autard "La Côte Ronde" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 94 3 $59.99 View
2010 Paul Jaboulet Aine "Domaine du Terre Ferme" Chateauneuf du Pape 2 Price: Hidden View
2004 Pierre Usseglio "Mon Aieul" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 94 1 $69.99 View
2001 Roger Sabon "Prestige" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 95 1 $59.99 View
2009 Roger Sabon "Prestige" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 96 2 $64.99 View
2011 Roger Sabon "Secret de Sabon" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 95 2 $99.99 View
2007 Xavier Vins "Cuvée Anonyme" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 96 11 $59.99 View
2009 Xavier Vins "Cuvée Anonyme" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 96 12 $49.99 View
2010 Xavier Vins "Cuvée Anonyme" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 95 1 $44.99 View
2007 Xavier Vins Châteauneuf-du-Pape 30 $29.99 View


1998 Bosquet des Papes "Cuvée Tradition" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 2 available ($59.99)

2000 Bosquet des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 2 available ($49.99)

1998 Cabrières "Cuvée Prestige Tête de Cru" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 1 available ($59.99)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Classy. Like sipping cream, it's so silky. Ripe but not overdone, delivering mineral, sweet black fruit and red berry, with a toasted, smoky grilled fowl character. Harmonious finish." (06/2000)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "There is a lot to like in this wine. The 1998 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Prestige displays both outstanding potential and undeniable hedonistic appeal. I would beg the proprietors not to fine or filter this wine unless it becomes unstable. Dark plum-colored, with a sweet, jammy fruit cake/black cherry and cedary nose that jumps from the glass, this full-bodied effort possesses layers of glycerin and richness, low acidity, high alcohol, and a lusty, hedonistic finish. It should prove to be a gorgeous, expansively-flavored wine that may be the finest Chateauneuf du Pape produced at this estate since 1961 - if it is not stripped at bottling. Anticipated maturity: 2001-2015."" (10/1999)

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2006 Chapoutier "La Bernardine" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 2 available ($39.99)

1998 Château Cabrières Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 3 available ($44.99)

90 points Wine Spectator: "A silky '98 Rhône red, so full in the mouth, so ripe and balanced. Fresh while delivering richness, it doesn't taste alcoholic or hot, just clean and pure, with a velvety mouthfeel from start to finish." (12/1999)

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2001 Château de Beaucastel "Hommage à Jacques Perrin" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1.5L) - 1 available ($799.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage a Jacques Perrin is a blend of 60% Mourvedre, 20% Grenache, 10% Counoise, and 10% Syrah. Full-bodied, excruciatingly backward, and nearly impenetrable, it boasts an inky/blue/purple color in addition to a promising nose of new saddle leather, melted asphalt, camphor, blackberries, smoky, roasted herbs, and Asian spices. A huge lashing of tannin as well as a formidable structure result in the antithesis of its more flattering, forward, and voluptuous sibling, the classic Beaucastel. Readers lucky enough to come across this cuvee should plan on waiting at least a decade before it begins to approach adolescence. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2040." (02/2004)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "($425; a blend of 60% mourvedre, 20% grenache, 10% syrah and 10% counoise) Saturated ruby-red. Highly complex, very primary, inky nose hints at blackberry, black cherry, licorice, spicecake and tree bark; dominated by the mourvedre. Then dense, thick and sappy in the mouth, with brooding black fruit and mineral flavors and superb precision. Hints of meat and leather lurk, but, like the regular release, this is extremely backward and dominated by dark fruits. Offers superb thickness without any excess weight, and a wonderfully seamless, elegant texture. Finishes extremely long, with very fine tannins. A unique critter: a Chateauneuf du Pape with just 20% grenache. Likely to develop in bottle for two decades or more." (02/2004)

95 points Wine Spectator: "This is just starting to shed its cloak of dark, bittersweet Valrhona chocolate and brooding tar notes, unfurling a core of cassis, blackberry paste and plum reduction that has a terrifically broad, fleshy feel. Still has some grip to shed on the finish though, where roasted mesquite, iron and sanguine notes wait in reserve. Seems on course to be one of the longer-lived wines of the vintage.2001 Châteauneuf-du-Pape non-blind retrospective (November 2011). Drink now through 2026. (Web-2012)"

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2010 Château de Beaucastel "Hommage à Jacques Perrin" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1.5L) - 1 available ($999.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "No such issue exists with the perfect 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage a Jacques Perrin. 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." (10/2012)

97 points 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." (01/2013)

K&L Notes: 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.

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2007 Château de Beaucastel Roussanne Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Vieilles Vignes - 5 available ($149.99)

99 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The finest bottle Ive had of the 2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Roussanne Vieilles Vignes, this incredible white is just about as good as it gets. Still light gold in color with a huge nose of buttered orchard fruits, brioche, caramelized nut and orange marmalade, it packs serious amounts of richness and depth on the palate, yet stays lively, fresh, pure and balanced. The Montrachet of the Rhône Valley, dont miss a chance to try this wine." (12/2017)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Vieilles Vignes (100% Roussanne) could be called the 'Montrachet of southern France.' A wine of great intensity, it boasts thrilling aromas of orange marmalade, nectarine liqueur, honeysuckle, peaches, and apricots. Stunningly rich with full body, terrific acidity, and a finish that lasts 45+ seconds, this is an amazing achievement. It should drink well for 7-8 years, shut down or become oxidized, then, hopefully, re-emerge at around age 12-15, and drink in a completely different fashion for several decades thereafter. (RP)" (10/2009)

95 points Wine Spectator: "This is gorgeous, with a creamy mouthfeel that carries lush papaya, green and yellow apple, chamomile, melon and heather honey notes through the long, salted butter-tinged finish. There's great underlying minerality. Superlong. (JM)" (06/2009)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale yellow-gold. Intense, mineral-accented orchard and pit fruit aromas are complemented by anise, honeysuckle and smoky mineral qualities. Luscious pear and peach nectar flavors become nervier with air, displaying orange peel and baking spice character. The finish is strikingly pure and persistent, with lingering floral and mineral qualities. Put this one away for at least another ten years. (ST)" (01/2009)

Jancis Robinson: "Rich aromas of lemon and apricot. Concentrated and long but still very fresh with a mineral streak underneath the weight. So complete. Lower acidity than the Ch de Beaucastel Blanc 2007 more more marked minerality increases the freshness. 18.5/20 Points (JH)" (10/2010)

1999 Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape - 1 available ($39.99)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Ripe fruit leads to rich flavors in this attractive, full-bodied Châteauneuf. Long and complex, with roasted game, plum, wet earth, smoked wood and grilled meat character. Long aftertaste. Needs cellaring. Best from 2005 through 2012." (12/2001)

89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1999 Chateauneuf du Pape boasts a saturated dark ruby/purple color as well as dense, impressive aromatics consisting of spice box, pepper, dried herbs, and black cherry/currant fruit. Powerful for a 1999, with a multilayered texture and moderate tannin in the finish, it may merit an outstanding rating if it develops more complexity. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2015. This is an admirable departure from the light, Beaujolais-styled wines made during the eighties and nineties." (12/2001)

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1990 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 2 available ($319.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From a fabulous vintage, the 1990 is one of the greatest offerings from Clos des Papes. This was the last vintage vinified with 100% stems, and the result is a full-bodied, opulent, sweet, multidimensional, expansive Chateauneuf du Pape. It has hit its plateau of maturity, where it should rest for 10-15 years. Terrific!" (01/2003)

Jancis Robinson: "Dense. Fine and sweet and herby. Fine and sweet and at its apogee. A real throat-soother, this wine. Some dryness on the finish but impressively long. 18/20 points. Drink 2005-2015." (09/2009)

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2003 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape ($119.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "While I've always loved the 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape, it was extremely controversial in its youth due to its exuberance and ripeness. Yet today, with the wine at maturity, all of that controversy has been put to bed and I know of no one contesting the beauty of this wine - the 2007 vintage in Chateauneuf du Pape will be the same. Looking at the 2003 vintage, Paul-Vincent told me that they started harvest on September 5, but quickly had to stop due to rain on the September 7. They waited for the vineyards to dry out and the last plots weren't brought in until October 4! As to the wine, this beautiful 2003 offers a kaleidoscope of kirsch liqueur, Asian spices, ground herbs, blackberries and incense. Full-bodied, textured, ripe and plush, Avril commented that this would evolve similar to the '89, but I certainly see no need to delay gratification here and would drink up while the getting's good! (JD)" (09/2015)

97 points Wine Spectator: "Lilting and perfumy, with a grace that belies the vintage, this offers layer upon layer of raspberry, boysenberry, floral, mineral and mocha flavors that glide to a long, silky, refined finish. So seductive, you almost miss how powerful it is--a masterful job of winemaking. Drink now through 2030. *#2 on the Top 100 Wines of 2005* (JM)" (11/2005)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Gorgeously perfumed, intense, and complex, with thrilling amounts of kirsch liqueur, saddle leather, licorice, and sweet spice, this bottle was medium-full bodied and relatively tight and un-giving on the palate. It opened slightly over the evening, but still needs another 2-3 years of bottle age to fully flesh out." (03/2012)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep red color. Positively explosive aromas of fresh cherry, redcurrant, blackberry and candied licorice ("the most kirsch I've ever found in a wine," says Avril). Huge and mouthfilling, with serious weight but also excellent purity to the lush, powerful fruit. Deeply pitched dark chocolate and espresso add even more heft to the flavors, and roasted herbs contribute lift. For all of these elements, the wine is elegant, finishing with outstanding energy and focus. (JR)" (01/2006)

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2006 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 1 available ($119.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From the normal tiny yields of this estate (on the order of 22 hectoliters per hectare), the 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape from Paul-Vincent has shed its baby fat and now shows a supple, elegant, seamless profile that's hard to resist. Kirsch, licorice, garrigue and sweet spice all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced 2006. It benefits from a short decant, and while showing plenty of maturity, it will evolve gracefully for at least another decade. (JD)" (03/2016)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby. Highly expressive aromas of raspberry, cherry, lavender, smoked meat and minerals. Racy and sharply focused, with juicy red and dark berry flavors, silky texture and a gentle candied floral quality. Impressively pure and balanced, with outstanding finishing clarity and lingering sweetness. Does this ever really finish? By no means a blockbuster, but delivers very serious palate impact. (JR)" (02/2009)

95 points Wine Spectator: "This has terrific purity, with a stunningly pure beam of cassis holding sway over fruitcake, melted licorice and incense notes. Shows impressive density for the vintage, but this is suave, elegant and seamless through the finish, with terrific underlying minerality. Best from 2009 through 2030. *Collectibles* (JM)" (11/2008)

Jancis Robinson: "NB vintage. Another great year as good as 2005 and 2007 for Avril. Deep crimson. Some gaminess on the nose and absolutely delicious now. Great roundness and energy. Great complete wine already drinking beautifully. Spice and lift and masses of fruit. Polished and gorgeous now. 18.5/20 points." (02/2013)

K&L Notes: 15% abv.

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2007 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 2 available ($179.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the great vintages from this estate, surpassing even the 1990, 2000, 2001, 2003, and maybe the 2010 (time will tell with this one), the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape from Vincent Avril delivers everything you could want from a wine. Full-bodied, intense and beautifully concentrated, with plenty of muscle and depth, it shows the hallmark elegance and purity of the estate, with sensational notes of kirsch liqueur, raspberries, incense, smoked meats and Asian spices. The blend is the normal 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah and the rest a mix of permitted varieties, brought up all in older foudre, and it's just now entering its prime drink window and has another two decades of longevity. (JD)" (02/2017)

97 points Wine Spectator: "*Top 100 Wines of 2009* Absolutely stunning, with a deep well of crème de cassis that's thoroughly pure and captivating, while black tea, fig cake, hoisin sauce, incense and graphite notes weave throughout. The supervelvety finish lets blackberry, boysenberry and crushed cherry fruit take an encore--as if this needed any more fruit. A fantastic display of precision in a very opulent year. (JM)" (10/2009)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby. Powerful, pungent aromas of kirsch, dark berries, smoky herbs and spicecake, with notes of black olive and tobacco coming on with air. Chewy, palate-staining dark fruit flavors are complicated by bitter chocolate, licorice and black cardamom. Acts like a 2005 today, with serious structure but also superb depth of powerful, densely packed fruit. A hint of cherry skin adds grip and refreshing bitterness to the long, smoky, focused finish. Not an easy read right now: this demands cellaring. 95+ points. (JR)" (02/2010)

Jancis Robinson: "Strong, ripe purple fruits plus a hint of gaminess on the nose. Great beautiful richness on the palate. Sumptuous and glorious but not hot. 25 hl/ha -- wonderful supple tannins. Great directions. Probably best decanted. But much more evolved than 2005, for example. 19.5/20 points. Drink 2014 - 2028. (JR)" (10/2014)

K&L Notes: 99+ points in a previous Wine Advocate review by Robert Parker: "Paul Avril was a bigger-than-life vigneron, a visionary, and a great teacher, but Vincent has been in charge for a number of years, and he has rewarded his father with what I believe is the greatest Chateauneuf du Pape made since 1978 and 1990, the 2007. I have not only tasted this wine at the estate, but I purchased it for my cellar, and have now drunk it on three separate occasions out of bottle. It is unquestionably one of the great Chateauneufs of my lifetime, and I suspect it will merit a three digit score after another 3-4 years of cellaring. The blend is generally 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, and the rest small amounts of Muscardin, Vaccarese, Counoise, and Syrah. It exhibits what is probably the deepest color I have ever seen here, and the finished alcohol is a high (for Clos des Papes) 15.5%. Still slightly restrained because of its recent bottling, but wow, what potential complexity, mind-boggling richness, and compelling flavor profile are apparent. It is a sublime expression of the art of winemaking as evidenced by its dense purple color and big, sweet kiss of kirsch, framboise, blackberries, licorice, roasted herbs, and smoked meat. It hits the palate with a fascinating combination of substance, power, full-bodied authority yet extraordinary freshness, elegance, and precision. Give it 3-4 years of cellaring, and watch it unleash its glory over the next three decades." (10/2009)

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I know it is pretty easy to recommend a wine with a 99+ rating... Isn't it almost perfection? But I did not only try this amazing wine but poured it for some lucky customers that came to our Big Rhone Tasting a couple of weeks ago! From my point of view, this was probably the very best Chateauneuf I tasted from this vintage. I'm not going to bother you with descriptions, but I will tell you, this wine will be part of the history of the Chateauneuf appellation!

2004 Clos du Mont-Olivet "Cuvée des Papet" Châteauneuf du Pape - 1 available Price: Hidden

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep violet. Enormous, room-filling bouquet encompasses the full range of red and dark berry tones, along with an intense garrigue component. Powerful and quite sweet, with dense dark berry and cherry flavors framed by solid tannins. The fruit expands on the building finish, penetrating every nook of the palate and finishing solid and chewy. Pretty stunning stuff. (JR)" (02/2007)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "More dense and concentrated, the superb 2004 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Du Papet checks in as a blend of 80% Grenache and 10% each of Syrah and Mourvedre. Fermented with close to 70% whole clusters and aged in both concrete and foudres, it exhibits classic black fruits, roasted herbs, black licorice, olive and garrigue to go with full-bodied richness and depth on the palate. Beautifully textured, with solid mid-palate depth, its a classic Chateauneuf that will continue to drink nicely for another decade. (JD)" (02/2014)

Jancis Robinson: "Rich, macerated black cherry nose with a hint of bonfires. Very rich start and then some beef extract notes plus an enthralling cocktail of more fruit-derived flavours. Good freshness too. Very beguiling. Long. Drink 2010-2020. (17.5/20 points)" (01/2006)

K&L Notes: According to Wine Advocate: "Made by Thierry Sabon, who started having more and more control since 2001, Clos du Mont-Olivet made classic, age-worthy wines in 2004. While their traditional cuvee is solid, their top cuvee, the Cuvee du Papet, is one of the top wines in the vintage..." (JD, 02/2014)

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2010 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape ($39.99)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A smoking value and a wine that always over delivers, the 2010 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape is loaded with kirsch liqueur, herbs de Provence, licorice, and pepper aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, polished, and supple, with gorgeous tannin, good concentration, and an overall silky feel, it drinks well now, but will continue to evolve and show well for over a decade." (09/2012)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The classic-styled 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape exhibits plenty of kirsch, Christmas fruitcake, pepper, spice box, smoked herbs and loads of raspberry and black cherry fruit. It is a full-bodied, slightly more reserved and less exuberant effort than the 2007 was at a similar age. It will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age, and last for 10-15 years. (RP)" (10/2012)

91 points Vinous: "Deep ruby. Aromas and flavors of raspberry, bitter cherry, licorice and candied flowers. Becomes smokier with air and picks up a licorice nuance. Fleshy but lively, with strong finishing punch, lingering floral and spice notes and slow-building tannins. (JR)" (01/2013)

K&L Notes: 16% abv.

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2011 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape Price: Hidden

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape offers gorgeous kirsch and strawberry-styled fruits to go with notions of spring flowers, licorice and rose petal. A perfumed, medium to full-bodied effort, it has loads of charm and class and will have a decade of overall longevity. (JD)" (08/2014)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Brilliant ruby. Black raspberry, lavender and white pepper on the expressive nose. Juicy and open-knit, offering lively red fruit flavors and a jolt of bracing acidity. Closes silky and sweet, with no obvious tannins and very good fruity persistence. This is already delicious. (JR)" (02/2014)

Jancis Robinson: "Dark brownish crimson. Very spicy nose and lots of concentration. Really big and spicy with masses of alcohol but sufficient freshness too. A little dry on the end. For the long term! 17/20 points" (02/2013)

K&L Notes: Here is a great value wine. It displays delicious fruit along with soft tannins, and a big, projected bouquet of crushed herbs, black cherry jam and tobacco. With good acidity as well as medium to full body, it should drink nicely for a decade or more. "Since 2003, when Pascal and Vincent Maurel took over this estate after their father's passing, Clos Saint-Jean has gone from strength to strength," notes Robert Parker. "They have always owned great vineyards, and they had the foresight to hire a brilliant consulting oenologist, Philippe Cambie. The result has been instant stardom, and a succession of world-class wines. Recently they also partnered with the California Central Coast's renowned Manfred Krankl of Sine Qua Non to produce another luxury cuvee of Chateauneuf du Pape from mostly Mourvedre called Chimere. A large estate for Chateauneuf du Pape (over 110 acres), Clos Saint-Jean's history dates back to 1900, with the first Maurel taking control in 1930. The majority of their holdings are in the southeastern sector of the appellation, including significant parcels in La Crau, Les Combes and St-Jean. In top vintages, Clos Saint-Jean produces five cuvees of red Chateauneuf du Pape, and the 2011s are successful across the board." (10/2012)

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2009 Clos Saint-Jean "Combe des Fous" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 4 available ($139.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A wine that blew me away, and the best bottle of this I've tasted, the 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Combe des Fous gave up exotic and intense aromas and flavors of ground pepper, kirsch liqueur, incense, white chocolate and crushed flowers. About as seamless and sexy as they come, this extraordinary Chateauneuf boasts incredible concentration, no hard edges and insane length on the finish. Much more forward and open than the 2010, drink it over the coming 10 to 15 years (JD)." (08/2014)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full ruby. An exotic, highly perfumed bouquet evokes red and dark berry preserves, star anise and a whiff of Grand Marnier. Juicy, palate-coating raspberry and boysenberry flavors show a felicitous blend of power and vivacity, with no rough edges and slow-building spiciness. Closes on a sweet note, with lingering anise and floral notes." (01/2012)

94 points Wine Spectator: "This is packed with flavors of dark plum, boysenberry preserves and licorice, but comes across as silky and perfumy, with gorgeous mouthfeel and alluring incense and Lapsang souchong tea notes that help the finish cruise seamlessly. Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Vaccarèse." (11/2011)

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2003 Clos Saint-Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape ($44.99)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape continues to drink fabulously, with its complex kirsch, leather, dried underbrush and spiced meat-driven profile. Rich, seamless and nicely concentrated, with some still-kicking tannin on the palate, it should be consumed over the coming 3-4 years as well. (JD)" (08/2014)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Big and brawny, with lots of brambly tannins framing the blackberry and black currant fruit. Notes of fig, licorice and tar take over on the muscular finish. Long, driving finish drips with dark fruit. Drink now through 2020. (JM)" (11/2005)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium ruby color. Very ripe, full aromas of jammy dark berries, roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Thick and weighty, with solid structure and dense dark berry fruit flavors that build in the glass. Serious, brooding stuff. (JR)" (01/2006)

2001 Cuvee du Vatican Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 2 available ($39.99)

91 points Robert Parker: "The deep ruby/purple-colored 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape reveals Grenache’s powerful side in its intense kirsch, licorice, peppery aromatics. An opulent attack is followed by a multilayered, full-bodied mid-palate along with considerable structure and headiness in the finish. This is a large-scaled, but impeccably well-balanced Chateauneuf to drink between 2005-2016." 14% abv.

2009 Cuvée du Vatican Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 1 available ($39.99)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Ruby-red. Smoky cherry and red berry aromas, with hints of licorice and spice in the background. Spicy and focused on entry, then deeper in the mid-palate, offering juicy redcurrant and bitter cherry flavors with a touch of succulent herbs. The smoky note comes back on the pungent finish, which is taut, brisk and very persistent." (02/2012)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From the bottle, the 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape has lived up to its pre-bottle form. Composed of 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah and the rest Mourvedre, Cinsault and other varietals, it exhibits a dark ruby/plum color along with plenty of juicy, succulent, cassis and kirsch liqueur notes intertwined with hints of licorice, incense and underbrush. This full-bodied, sexy, lush offering also reveals a note of nori, the seaweed wrap used in sushi restaurants. Consume this 2009 over the next 10-12 years." (10/2011)

Wine Spectator: "Very pretty, with a focused beam of cassis, black cherry and blackberry fruit laced with anise and black tea. A perfumy edge lends some length to the finish. Drink now through 2015." (09/2011)

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2001 Domaine Beaurenard Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 8 available ($49.99)

91 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Even better than a previous bottle, the 2001 Domaine de Beaurenard Châteauneuf-du-Pape is drinking wonderfully, showing an evolved, complex bouquet of earthy black cherry, spice box, and licorice aromas on the nose, medium+ body, good concentration, and a long, pure finish. Theres plenty of life left, and this should solid Châteauneuf should continue to show well for another 3-5 years." (03/2011)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the Coulons finest examples of their regular cuvee of Chateauneuf du Pape, the 2001 exhibits a deep ruby/purple color, medium to full body, and loads of creme de cassis fruit intermixed with hints of white chocolate, smoke, licorice, and wood. Pure and textured as well as elegant, this beauty will be at its peak between 2005-2014. (RP)" (02/2004)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Still juicy and lively, delivering a mouthfilling range of plum, blueberry, blackberry and black cherry fruit, augmented by lots of toasted spice and a snappy licorice edge on the medium-weight finish. Very tasty.2001 Châteauneuf-du-Pape non-blind retrospective (November 2011). Drink now through 2018. (JM, Web Only -2012)"

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2003 Domaine de Cristia "Renaissance" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 2 available Price: Hidden

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Alain and Baptiste Grangeon make this wine from a small, 3.7-acre plot of old vines. Aged in wood for 23 years, it shows definite vanilla characters, with intense, ripe black flavors, great concentration and richness and flavors of cassis and spice. There is a delicious juicy aftertaste to this impressive wine. *Editors' Choice* (RV)" (12/2005)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The second vintage for the cuvee and a bigger, richer version of the classic cuvee, the 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Renaissance offers lots of black and blue fruits, pepper, violets, licorice and spice on the nose. Full-bodied, loaded with fruit, concentrated and hedonistic, it has a hint of rusticity to its tannin, but should have no issues holding for at least another 4-5 years. (JD)" (09/2015)

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2007 Domaine de Cristia Châteauneuf-du-Pape ($35.99)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I find the 2007 vintage to be one of the most distinctive vintages in the past two decades, and Cristia's 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape has the classic incense, lavender, flowers and spice characteristics of the vintage in spades. Full-bodied, decadent, layered and sexy, it's one seriously hedonistic wine that has no hard edges, a full, ripe mid-palate and a great finish (JD)." (09/2015)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Ripe and seamless, with a gorgeous mouthfeel to the raspberry, mulled spice, crushed currant and melted licorice notes. Long and fleshy, with a buried minerality extending the finish. Grenache and Syrah. Drink now through 2025." (09/2009)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby. Sexy aromas of raspberry and blackberry preserves, potpourri and Asian spices. Weighty but fresh, with sweet dark berry flavors and impressive mineral lift. This has become more energetic since bottling and shows a very sexy, open-knit personality; I slightly underestimated it last year. The finish is juicy, focused and impressively persistent." (01/2010)

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2007 Domaine de Ferrand Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 2 available ($109.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the wines of the vintage is the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape from Philippe Bravey, and Ive drunk more than a case of this wine and have consistently rated it at the upper end of the spectrum (however, some bottles suffer from too much volatile acidity). Big, full-bodied, layered and unctuous, it has a huge nose of garrigue, black fruits, saddle leather and licorice. I absolutely love this wine and would happily drink bottles over the coming decade. (JD)" (02/2017)

94 points Vinous: "Bright ruby. Expressive aromas of raspberry, cherry, blood orange and dried flowers, with an undertone of zesty spices. Very fresh and incisive red fruit flavors are complemented by sweet lavender and rose pastille, and pick up a peppery nuance with air. Impressively balanced, pure wine with a strong finishing jolt of red berry skin. I underestimated this wine from barrel. (JR)" (01/2010)

94 points Wine Spectator: "This is seriously dark, with bittersweet chocolate, braised beef, fig, tar and ground espresso notes leading the charge, while dark plum and currant fruit wait in the background. Cuts a broad swath on the muscular finish. Very backward, with a ways to go, this has harnessed more grip than most in this vintage. Best from 2010 through 2030. *Highly Recommended* (JM)" (11/2009)

Jancis Robinson: "Grenache Noir of 40100 years old makes up 95% of this blend. No oak. Very dark and intriguing-looking. Meaty with treacle and real density and intrigue. Sweet and silky. Masses of alcohol!!! Not for the faint hearted." (12/2008)

2001 Domaine de la Charbonnière "Les Hautes Brusquieres Cuvee Speciale" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 1 available Price: Hidden

2007 Domaine De La Charbonnière "Les Hautes Brusquières" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 1 available Price: Hidden

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "My favorite of the three single-vineyard releases, the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape les Hautes Brusquieres Cuvee Speciale is a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah that comes from the Brusquières parcel located in the northern part of the appellation. This full-bodied, ripe, sexy 2007 is loaded with notions of black cherries, black currants, licorice and roasted herbs. It has the most texture and richness in the lineup and is drinking spectacularly well today, and it will easily keep for another 10-15 years. (JD)" (02/2017)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(60% grenache and 40% syrah) Vivid red. Bright, expressive bouquet of raspberry, blackcurrant, lavender and white pepper, plus a smoky Indian spice quality. Deep but impressively energetic red and dark berry flavors pick up notes of chewing tobacco and minerals with air. The finish repeats the red fruit and spice notes and lingers with impressive clarity and persistence. This is really lively for an example with so much syrah in the blend. (JR)" (01/2010)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Combines enticing plum, raspberry and blackberry fruit with black tea, tobacco, mineral and sandalwood notes. The long, fine-grained finish lets everything hang together nicely. Should blossom in the cellar. Drink now through 2027. (JM)" (10/2009)

2006 Domaine de la Janasse "Chaupin" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 1 available ($74.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A step up on the richness scale over the classic cuvee, the 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape Chaupin is as sexy a Grenache as youll find in the vintage. Blackberry liqueur, black cherries, olives, crushed flowers and licorice all emerge from this beauty, and it hits the palate with a full-bodied mouthfeel, sweet, resolved tannin and a great finish. This blossoms with time in the glass and will continue drinking beautifully for 4-6 years. (JD)" (03/2016)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby. Spicy red fruits and flowers on the nose, with a gentle underpinning of smoky minerals. Raspberry and blackberry dominate the palate, which is impressively deep, smooth and tannin-free. Leaves sweet red berry and tangy mineral notes behind on the impressively persistent finish. This wine's elegance will allow it to be drunk young. (JR)" (02/2009)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Really juicy, with a sappy core of cassis, raspberry and currant confiture backed by notes of bittersweet cocoa, fruitcake and mulled spice. The long finish is muscular but well-integrated. Best from 2009 through 2028. (JM)" (11/2008)

Jancis Robinson: "Very dark and dense -- not yielding much aromatically yet. Lots of life inside this wine - BD? Real activity and zest -- almost orange peel among the herbs. Lots of dry tannin on the finish. Exciting energy. Very good. All oaked Grenache. 18.5/20 points. Drink 2015-2028." (04/2008)

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1998 Domaine de la Janasse "Cuvee Chaupin" Châteanuneuf-du-Pape - 3 available ($79.99)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Much denser than the normal cuvée, with pain d'épice, date, fig, mint and sweet tobacco notes. The long finish is very plush, with a bacony note. Still has some grip to shed. A beauty.--1998 Châteauneuf-du-Pape retrospective. Drink now through 2020. (JM)" (09/2007)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the wines that caused me to fall in love with Chateauneuf du Pape on release, the Sabons 1998 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Chaupin is still showing beautifully today. Currants, licorice, fruit cake and truffle all emerge from the glass, and it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, tons of sweet fruit and a great finish. I think its best drunk up, but it will hold for another 4-5 years for sure. (JD)" (08/2015)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full deep red. Bright but reticent aromas of blackberry, violet, licorice and meat. Vibrant, intensely flavored and sharply delineated, with terrific depth and grip. Very ripe but firmly built. Perhaps more typical Grenache than the '99, thanks to the great ripeness of the year. Finishes very long and subtle, with firm but sweet tannins. (ST)" (02/2001)

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2012 Domaine de la Janasse "Tradition" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 1 available ($49.99)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape (70% Grenache and 15% each of Syrah and Mourvedre) is beautiful, with medium to full-bodied richness, lots of sweet black raspberry fruit, graphite, bouquet garni and licorice aromatics, and sweet, building tannin that comes through on the finish. It shows the purity and balance of the vintage, and will dish out loads of pleasure over the coming decade or more.(JD)In case you havent been following any of the Wine Advocate reports over the past decade, Domaine de La Janasse, under the leadership of siblings Christophe and Isabelle Sabon, is one of the top two or three estates in the Southern Rhône. In addition to excelling in the top years, this estate also excels in the more difficult vintages. Looking at their 2013s, these were harvested around the October 18th. They have uncommon depth and richness in the vintage, beautifully sweet tannin, and will certainly be some of the top wines in the vintage. The 2012s also check in near the top of the hierarchy. (JD)" (10/2014)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Brilliant ruby-red. Highly perfumed aromas of fresh red berries, potpourri and Asian spices, with a smoky mineral note adding urgency. Sappy, sweet and seamless, offering intense raspberry and floral pastille flavors and a touch of star anise. Spreads out nicely on the gently tannic finish, which clings with excellent tenacity and repeating floral character. An outstanding effort for a "basic" Châteauneuf and extremely easy to drink right now, but there's no hurry to do so." (04/2015)

92 points Vinous: "Brilliant ruby-red. Highly perfumed aromas of fresh red berries, potpourri and Asian spices, with a smoky mineral note adding urgency. Sappy, sweet and seamless, offering intense raspberry and floral pastille flavors and a touch of star anise. Spreads out nicely on the gently tannic finish, which clings with excellent tenacity and repeating floral character. An outstanding effort for a "basic" Châteauneuf and extremely easy to drink right now, but there's no hurry to do so. (JR)" (04/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Fleshy plum, fig and blackberry compote flavors race along, enlivened with licorice snap and singed alder notes. Fruit-driven, with good energy and a piercing hint of graphite on the finish to stay honest. The inviting profile will win this some fans. Drink now through 2025." (10/2014)

Jancis Robinson: "Vineyard soil: galets, clay-limestone. Grape varieties: 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre. Lustrous, burnished crimson with layers of interest. Firm and refreshing with lots of fruit and no overdone tannins. Very confident and impressive. Grabs the attention and is impressively persistent. Very clean, neat finish. (18/20 points)" (11/2013)

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2001 Domaine de la Janasse "Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 1 available ($149.99)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Almost always one of the top wines in any vintage, the 2001 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes is no exception. A blend of 85% Grenache, 10% Syrah, and the rest a blend of Mourvèdre and assorted varieties, from vines averaging 60-100+ years old, this cuvee is aged 75% in old foudres, and 25% in oak barrels, of which roughly have are new. While decidedly modern tasting a few years ago, the wine is starting to show its southern Rhone soul with touches of spice, licorice, and garrigue seeping into what was once a very fruit driven wine. Full bodied on the palate and simply superbly built, with loads of structure, serious concentration, and a massive finish, this awesome effort should continue to evolve positively for 3-5 years, and drink well for a decade or more after that." (03/2011)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is still opaque and deeply colored, with killer blackcurrants, smoked meats, orange-tinged chocolate, roasted herbs and serious minerality all soaring from the glass. Just at the early stages of full maturity, this full-bodied, deep, rich and concentrated effort should be consumed over the coming 4-6 years. (JD)" (08/2014)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Here is a wine that shows the serious side of Châteauneuf. While the fruit is certainly huge, what is equally apparent is the restrained power and the rich, concentrated tannins. (RV)" (03/2004)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Blockbuster Châteauneuf--rich and thick yet loyal to local customs with its traditional emphasis on plum, leather, wet earth, cedar, tobacco, coffee and mineral. A wine like none other--and unhindered by some modernistic oak treatment. Fabulously authentic stuff. *Highly Recommended* (PM)" (09/2003)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Ruby-red. Roasted red plum, cherry liqueur and grilled meat on the nose; superripe but not over the top. Then thick, sweet, deep and young, with a compelling flavor of creme de cassis Powerful, dense, classic grenache en surmaturite Finishes with explosive length and lush, very fine tannins. Amazingly ripe, but wears its high alcohol gracefully. (ST) 93+" (02/2004)

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2011 Domaine de la Janasse "Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 1 available ($89.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "And a candidate for the wine of the vintage, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is always a rough blend of 85% Grenache and the balance Syrah, Mourvedre, Clairette and other permitted varieties, that has the Grenache aged all in foudre and the Syrah and Mourvedre aged in one-third new barrels (thats less than 6% of the blend in new barrels). Exhibiting gorgeous black fruits, spice-box, toast, licorice and roasted meat-like qualities on the nose, it is full-bodied, concentrated and layered on the palate, with loads of texture, yet delivers no weight, heat, or ever puts a foot wrong. Shockingly good in the vintage, it should not be missed. Hats off to Christophe and Isabelle. (JD)" (10/2013)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright purple. Dark fruit liqueur, star anise, cinnamon and licorice aromas are sharpened by a lively mineral quality and a touch of white pepper. Sappy, sweet and incisive, with a suave blend of power and vivacity to its blackcurrant and mulberry flavors. Juicy acidity gives focus to the finish, which features velvety tannins, a touch of smokiness and outstanding energy." (01/2014)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Very solid for the vintage, with ripe, fleshy layers of plum compote, raspberry preserves and blackberry pâte de fruit. Lots of anise and graphite line the finish, with ample depth in reserve." (10/2013)

Jancis Robinson: "Dark crimson. A certain amount of brooding fruit suggests this wine has somewhere to go. Very sweet and round but with tannins lurking underneath. Lots there, including ambition. Some tension at last." (12/2012)

K&L Notes: 15.5% abv.

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2007 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes - 1 available ($229.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A bigger, richer, more concentrated wine than the ethereally textured Cuvee Chaupin, the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvée Vieilles Vignes is unquestionably one of the wines of the vintage as well as one of the finest Chateauneuf du Papes ever made. Offering notes of cassis, roasted meats, beef blood and licorice, this heavenly 2007 is full-bodied, hugely concentrated and rich yet shows incredible purity, focus and precision, with no sensation of heaviness or weight. Its still deep purple colored, with no signs of evolution, and it has another two decades of life. Having said that, its a gorgeous drink today. (JD)" (02/2017)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky purple. Hypnotic bouquet of dark berries, flowers and spices complicated by black olive, sandalwood and star anise. Lush, creamy and liqueur-like in its depth and sweetness, offering palate-enveloping boysenberry and blueberry flavors and exotic floral pastille and spicecake qualities. Fine-grained tannins add grip and focus to an endless sweet, floral aftertaste. (JR)" (02/2010)

96 points Wine Spectator: "*Collectibles* This is awash in fruit - plum, boysenberry, fig and blackberry - all seamlessly intertwined, while hints of graphite, melted licorice, black tea and violet fill the available space. The long finish has great latent grip. Best from 2010 through 2030. (JM)" (11/2009)

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2009 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes - 1 available ($149.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is considered by many observers in Chateauneuf du Pape to be the wine of the vintage, and it can most certainly be counted among the finest. A blend of 80% Grenache and the rest Syrah and Mourvedre tipping the scales at 15.5% natural alcohol (which is slightly less than the Chaupin), the wine has an inky black/purple color as well as incredible density and richness, with notes of soy, blackberry, and blueberry liqueur, incense, acacia flowers and licorice. The layered, full-bodied mouthfeel displays no heat, but the wine has massive concentration and a silky, smooth finish. Because of the low acidity in the 2009s, and sweet tannins, this has turned out to be a glorious example of Chateauneuf du Pape to drink over the next two decades. (RP)" (10/2011)

95 points Vinous: "(85% grenache, with mourvedre and syrah): Deep, bright-rimmed ruby. A complex, intensely perfumed bouquet displays scents of black and blue fruits, incense and anise, with bright overlay of smoky minerality. Rich as well as vibrant, with impressive depth and energy to its blackberry and cherry compote flavors. Closes on a spicy note, with excellent clarity and resonating spiciness. (JR)" (01/2012)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Very tightly wound, with cassis, black licorice and plum sauce notes held in check by velvety but copious tannins. Plenty of spice, graphite and tar flesh out the finish, which is racy and very long, with a great buried black tea note. Should cruise in the cellar. Best from 2014 through 2024. 125 cases imported. (JM)" (10/2011)

Jancis Robinson: "Dark, big, bold and brawny. This seems to be a rugby player throwing its muscles around. Pretty impressive really! Lots of sweet spice and the alcohol is (just) kept in check. In this instance there is enough fruit in the middle. Some life and real vitality. Good stuff. Long. 18/20 points (JR)" (10/2010)

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2001 Domaine de la Solitude "La Réserve Secrète" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 1 available Price: Hidden

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Easily my favorite in the retrospective, the 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape la Reserve Secrete (60% Grenache and 40% Syrah, aged mostly in small barrels) flirts with perfection and is a heavenly Chateauneuf du Pape that I wish every reader could taste. Possessing off-the-hook complexity in its ripe dark fruits, garrigue, tobacco, olive and cigar-laced aromas and flavors, this beauty is full-bodied, gorgeously concentrated and layered, with fine, elegant tannin and a blockbuster finish. Possessing both elegance and power, it's a quintessential Chateauneuf du Pape that's drinking at point! (JD)" (10/2016)

94 points Wine Spectator: "This has a distinctly roasted feel, as braised fig and blackberry notes are laced with plum compote and hoisin sauce notes. But this stays fleshy and broad, with a velvety feel thanks to the well-integrated grip. The long fruitcake-, toasted spice- and briar-filled finish has ample depth, too. Still not fully at its peak, but approachable. (JM, Web Only-2012)"

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2005 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 1 available ($69.99)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Taking the better part of the evening to open up, the 2005 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a brilliant wine that needs another 2-3 years of bottle age to really show all it has. Still inky and purple to the rim, this beauty shows fresh, clean aromatics of licorice-laced plum and blackberry styled fruit thats intermixed with notions of graphite, mineral, and crushed flowers. Full-bodied, dense, and structured on the palate, with edgy acidity, ripe tannin, and a mineral-drenched finish, this gorgeous Châteauneuf-du-Pape should be given another 3-4 years of bottle age, and then consumed over the following decade." (06/2012)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The most masculine and structured of the group, the 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape is locked and loaded, with serious concentration, big tannin and no shortage of length on the finish. Coming from a year that featured a cool summer and then scorching temps around harvest, this beauty doles out loads of creme de cassis, licorice, graphite and crushed rock-like minerality, as well as a seamless, perfectly balanced profile. Give it another 2-3 years and drink it through 2025. (JD)" (08/2014)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Showing beautifully, with intense fig, black currant and boysenberry fruit and dark chocolate, date bread, spice and mineral notes. This is both powerful and pure at the same time, with a superlong finish. Seriously structured. Drink now through 2030. (JM)" (11/2007)

93 points Vinous: "Inky ruby. Ripe, powerful boysenberry and blueberry aromas are deepened by musky tobacco and dark chocolate. Weighty dark berry flavors verge on thick; initially brooding but brightens with air, picking up an energetic, stony character. Red fruits build on a long, sappy finish. A serious style, and not for those who demand elegance. (JR) 93+" (01/2008)

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2006 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 1 available ($64.99)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Very rich and densely packed, with a huge core of raspberry ganache, macerated plum and hoisin sauce notes wrapped by dark licorice, Turkish coffee and charred applewood. The long finish ripples with tannins, but this is velvety and well-integrated. Needs some time. Rather serious juice. Best from 2011 through 2033. (JM)" (05/2009)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A vintage thats always shown well, the 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape is a classic, textbook example of this cuvee. Full-bodied, rich, structured and with high, but sweet, tannin, it has fantastic black cherry, currants, licorice, and roasted herb-like qualities all soaring from the glass. While its approachable now, it needs another handful of years in the cellar. (JD)" (08/2014)

2000 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf-du-Pape "Vieilles Vignes" - 1 available Price: Hidden

2007 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1.5L) - 1 available Price: Hidden

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A beautiful wine that's just now hitting maturity, the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape from Jean-Paul Daumen is still ruby colored to the rim and offers up a classic bouquet of black raspberries, black licorice, fruit cake, garrigue and roasted meats. Full-bodied and concentrated, yet with a seamless, impeccably balanced profile, it's drinking beautifully today but has another 10-15 years of overall longevity. (JD)" (02/2017)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Very ripe, but focused and pure, with a gorgeous core of crushed plum, pastis and raspberry ganache notes stitched together with long, velvety tannins. Spice, fruitcake and melted licorice notes echo through the superlong finish. Drink now through 2020. (JM)" (11/2009)

Jancis Robinson: "Very, very dark crimson. Savoury. Real vibrancy and savour. Still lots of tannin. 17.5/20" (11/2009)

2011 Domaine de Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 1 available Price: Hidden

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2005 Domaine de Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape "Vieilles Vignes" - 2 available ($189.99)

Domaine de Marcoux is one of Châteauneuf-du-Pape's originals, with family vineyards dating back to 1344. Today, the property is run and managed by sisters Catherine Armenier and Sophie Estevenin. Together, they share the winemaking responsibilities and oversight of their extremely old vines, which are farmed biodynamically. The average age of the vines is 50 years old, with 10 acres of 95 year-old-vines. The domaine is comprised of 57 acres spread across various zones of the appellation. The sisters are partial to cement tanks and all wines are fermented in these before passing into barrel. As the property prefers a more restrained style to the wines, none of the cuvées are macerated for extended lengths of time. There is no malolactic fermentation for any of the wines. 97 points Robert Parker: "...a blockbuster. Full-bodied with great intensity, superb richness, and tremendous floral, truffle, meaty, raspberry, and blackberry-scented aromas, this wine, which comes from three well-known parcels in Chateauneuf du Pape (La Crau, Gallimards, and Esquirons) exhibits high tannin and good acidity, but the massive fruit and richness from these old vines dominate the wines personality..." (10/07) 95 points Wine Spectator: "Lush and inviting, with mocha, raspberry, fruitcake and incense notes that run along a rich, velvety texture. The long, structured finish is really ripe and well-rounded and should gain further depth with cellaring." (11/07)

1998 Domaine du Caillou "Réserve Cuvee Unique" Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes - 1 available ($169.99)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Roasted red fruits and milk chocolate on the nose. Lush and dense in the mouth, with leather, coffee, dark chocolate and garrigue flavors, a lightly animal syrah character, and a strong oak component. Finishes fat and lush, with strong roasted wood tones. Quite Languedoc in style. (ST)" (01/2001)

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2012 Domaine du Banneret Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 4 available Price: Hidden

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2007 Domaine du Galet des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes - 5 available Price: Hidden

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2012 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe "La Crau" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 10 available ($69.99)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Rock-solid, with a hefty core of fig, blackberry and black cherry fruit, wrapped in chestnut and tobacco leaf notes and carrying through a lavender- and tar-framed finish. Dense and grippy, showing a slightly old-school shading. Should cellar well. (JM)" (11/2014)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Lastly, the flagship 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape is a classically structured, elegant effort that will evolve gracefully on its balance and harmony. Showing the telltale seaweed, currants, olive, licorice and ample minerality so common in this cuvee, its medium to full-bodied, lightly textured and focused on the palate, with plenty of tannin. It needs 3-4 years of cellaring and will have 15-20 years of longevity. (JD)" (10/2014)

93 points Vinous: "Opaque ruby. An intensely perfumed bouquet evokes spicy dark berries and potpourri, with zesty mineral and incense qualities adding complexity. Pliant boysenberry and candied lavender flavors are impressively fresh and focused, with a hint of licorice adding depth. Closes sweet, supple and broad, with resonating spiciness and gentle tannins that add shape and grip. (JR)" (04/2015)

Jancis Robinson: "Crimson. Very sweet start and rich, candified. Lots of power and structure with masses of sweet fruit in the middle. Just this side of porty but hugely satisfying. 17/20 points. (JR)" (11/2013)

2000 Domaine Ferrand Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 2 available Price: Hidden

1998 Domaine Font de Michelle "Etienne Gonnet" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 1 available ($59.99)

1998 Domaine Font de Michelle Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 2 available ($44.99)

2007 Domaine Giraud "Grenaches de Pierre" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 1 available ($199.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the most profound wines in the vintage is unquestionable the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee les Grenache de Pierre, which is 100% Grenache, from sandy soils in the la Crau lieu-dit, raised all in concrete tanks and bottled unfiltered. Its deep ruby color is followed by an incredible bouquet of black cherries, black raspberries, licorice, dried herbs and garrigue. Deep, layered, gorgeously concentrated and ultra-fine, with sweet, ripe tannin and an incredible elegance, drink this sensational juice anytime over the coming 10-15 years. (JD)" (02/2017)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Silky and deceptively ripe, with stylish incense, black tea and raspberry hints up front that turn darker and denser through the finish, where fig paste and graphite notes fill in. The long finish really gains steam as it moves along, letting shiso leaf and mineral notes play out. Very stylish." (08/2009)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby. Ripe black raspberry and cherry aromas are complemented by sexy floral and incense notes, with hints of baking spices and minerals adding lift. Juicy, sweet and focused, offering vivid red fruit flavors and a strong undercurrent of tangy minerality. Packs serious punch but there's also a pinot-like elegance to this wine that's intriguing. The pliant, lush finish echoes the red fruit and spice notes and refuses to let go of the palate." (02/2010)

2011 Domaine Giraud "Tradition" Chateauneuf-du-Pape - 1 available Price: Hidden

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Along the same lines, the smoking good 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition is a blend of 60% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre, from 50-to-80-year-old vines, with the Grenache and Mourvedre aged all in concrete and the Syrah in 2-to-6-year-old barrels. Knockout stuff, with sweet black currants, cassis, licorice, pepper and wild herbs, this full-bodied, supple and seamlessly textured beauty will drink nicely through 2021. Drink now-2021. This is a terrific lineup of wines by the brother and sister team of Marie and Francois Giraud. Their 2011s are certainly near the top of the vintage... (JD)" (10/2013)

88-90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid red. Spicy raspberry and cherry aromas are complicated by suggestions of pungent herbs and flowers. Broad, sappy red berry flavors pack serious punch and are lifted by a refreshingly bitter blood orange quality. Finishes with gentle sweetness, soft tannins and a tangy white pepper note." (01/2013)

90 points Wine Spectator: "This features a saturated feel, showing steeped plum and blackberry fruit, layered with pastis, charcoal and spice cake. Delivers a fleshy, polished finish. Drink now through 2023." (11/2013)

2009 Domaine Grand Veneur "Les Origines" Châteauneuf du Pape (1.5L) - 1 available Price: Hidden

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2003 Domaine Grand Veneur "Les Origines" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 10 available ($64.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Origines is dazzling stuff and one of the vintages top efforts. Deep purple to the rim with a gorgeous nose of blackberry liqueur intermixed with blueberries, smoke, licorice, roasted meats, and herbs, the wine has fabulous concentration, a multi-layered mid-palate, and a blockbuster finish with sweet tannin and plenty of opulence. Drink it over the next 12-14 years. For the last 7-8 years, this has been one of the best-run estates in Chateauneuf du Pape. Alain Jaume and his two capable sons, Sebastien and Christophe, continue to propel Domaine Grand Veneur into the upper echelon of quality. They also offer an impressively well-made negociant line of wines (under the name Alain Jaume). The hallmarks of the Grand Veneur wines include their extraordinary purity of flavor and impeccable balance. Moreover, they have kept prices remarkably fair. (RP)" (02/2006)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Jaw-dropping raspberry ganache and plum fruit, along with cocoa, tar, hoisin sauce and mineral notes, are flamboyantly displayed, while an intense tarry, minerally drive extends the finish. Best from 2007 through 2025. *Top 100 of 2005, #22* (JM)" (10/2005)

93 points Vinous: "Ruby-red color. Intensely aromatic nose offers potent garrigue scents along with notes of jammy cherry, raw meat, fresh tobacco, bay laurel, licorice and sexy oak spices. Big, dense and sweet, showing intense dark berry flavors with complicating earthy and herbal accents. Focused, concentrated and long-and lovely right now. (JR)" (01/2006)

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This supercuvée from Alain Jaume is ripe and modern in style, very smooth and polished. But its juiciness and richness do not lose sight of the power of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and it has fine, dry tannins that leave a sense of good aging potential. (RV)" (12/2005)

K&L Notes: Alain Jaume manages the Grand Veneur domaine with his two sons, Sébastien and Christophe. The domaine was founded in 1826 by Mathieu Jaume and includes 37 acres in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. This 2003 is a blend of estate fruit and is made up of 40% Grenache and 30% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre, with yields kept at between 1.5 tons per acre and 2.25 tons per acre. 94-96 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Another stunning Chateauneuf. Very elegant, well-defined nose of game, scorched leather and blackcurrant. The palate is so, so elegant with ripe raspberry and strawberry. Perfect acidity. Minerally with a lush blueberry finish. You do not notice the firm tannins that will support this wine through many years of again. Drink from 2008. Magnificent. Tasted November 2005."

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2003 Domaine la Millière "Cuvée Unique" Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes - 5 available Price: Hidden

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A newcomer that is just beginning to exploit its potential, this estate is owned by Aime and Michel Arnaud. The 2003 Cotes du Rhone Vieilles Vignes Cuvee Unique possesses more flavor and intensity than its light ruby color suggests. Sweet, seductive kirsch liqueur characteristics combined with pepper and spice box tumble from the glass of this medium-bodied, savory, fleshy red. Enjoy it over the next 1-3 years. (RP)" (12/2004)

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2012 Domaine Olivier Hillaire "Les Petits Pieds d'Armand" Châteauneuf-du-Pape Price: Hidden

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of my favorite wines, and up there with the top dozen or so efforts in the vintage, the 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Les Petits Pieds dArmand comes all from sandy soils and old vines planted in the famed La Crau lieu-dit. Full-bodied, voluptuous and layered, it doesnt pull any punches, yet never seems over-the-top, heavy or cumbersome. Giving up notes of garrigue, sugared spice, blackberry, black cherry liqueur and spring flowers, its already drinking beautifully, but will continue to shine through 2024 at a minimum. (JD)" (10/2014)

93 points Vinous: "Dark purple. Heady aromas of candied dark berries, incense and licorice complicated by suggestions of vanilla, potpourri and five-spice powder. Lush, deeply flavored and broad, offering intense black and blue fruit flavors and an exotic floral pastille nuance. Finishes supple, spicy and extremely long, with resonating sweetness, a hint of licorice and smooth, suave tannins. This sexy wine is pretty appealing right now but has the depth and energy for cellaring. (JR)" (04/2015)

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2012 Domaine Olivier Hillaire Châteauneuf-du-Pape ($39.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the top classic cuvées, the 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape (90% Grenache and 10% Syrah aged in a combination of different sized barrels) is medium to full-bodied, layered and downright sexy, with loads of sweet kirsch, blackberry, ground herbs and truffle. Already hard to resist, drink bottles over the coming 7-8 years. (JD)" (10/2014)

90 points Vinous: "Opaque ruby. High-pitched aromas of spicy red berries, fresh flowers and peppery spices, with a hint of smokiness in the background. In the mouth, sweet, seamless raspberry and boysenberry flavors are lifted and sharpened by a peppery element and a hint of dusty minerals. Graceful and focused for an entry-level bottling, finishing with very good clarity and gently tannic persistence. (JR)" (04/2015)

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2009 Domaine Pierre Usseglio "Mon Aïeul" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 11 available ($59.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another wine that got better and better over the evening was the 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee de Mon Aieul. I've drunk through my fair share of bottles of this over the past few years. It has never shut down and has always shown well. A ripe, forward and sexy wine, it has lots of kirsch, garrigue, exotic spice and floral notes to go with a ripe, concentrated feel on the palate. It certainly has the vintage's Provencal character and is an exuberant, hedonistic Grenache to enjoy over the coming 10-12 years. (JD)" (09/2015)

93 points Vinous: "Full ruby. Intense black raspberry and mulberry aromas are complicated by suggestions of Asian spices, licorice and musky herbs. Bright and sappy on the palate, with a seamless texture to the spice-accented red and dark berry compote flavors. Notes of lavender and allspice carry through the long, juicy, nicely focused finish. I suspect that this wine will drink well on the young side. (JR)" (01/2012)

92 points Wine Spectator: "This ripe red offers layers of linzer torte, cassis and blackberry fruit piled on top of well-rounded tannins. Loads of spice and licorice ripple through the finish, with an underlying iron hint. Shows the focus and polish of the vintage. Best from 2012 through 2020. (JM)" (11/2011)

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2007 Domaine Pierre Usseglio "Tradition" Châteauneuf-du-Pape ($44.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another wine Ive drunk more than a case of since release, the 2007 Châteauneuf du Pape is a rich, full-bodied, sexy effort that has tons of ripe black currants, black raspberries, incense and garrigue aromas and flavors. It has sweet tannin and while drinking at point, it will keep for another 5-7 years. (JD)" (02/2017)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark red. Expressive aromas of red berries and cherry, with notes of smoky garrigue and dried flowers adding complexity. Spicy and pure, with an exotic floral note joining the mineral-driven raspberry and cherry flavors. Finishes smooth and sweet, with little in the way of obvious tannins. This is delicious now. (JR)" (01/2010)

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2006 Domaine Pierre Usseglio Châteauneuf-du-Pape "Tradition" Price: Hidden

91 points Wine Spectator: "High-toned, with cherry and red currant fruit laced with shiso leaf, mineral, sandalwood and spice notes. The finish is supple but persistent." (11/2008)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, and the rest Mourvedre and Cinsault, aged in tank (20%) and old wood foudres (80%), reveals classic Provencal typicity with its notes of sweet black cherries, lavender, licorice, roasted herbs, and meat. Soft and lush with a luxurious mouthfeel as well as a stunningly silky texture, this beauty can be enjoyed over the next 10-12 years.What a superlative performance from proprietors Jean-Pierre and Thierry Usseglio. This is one of the few estates where the 2006s are so great that they eclipse their brilliant 2005s, and come very close to what was accomplished in 2007." (10/2008)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red. Suave, precise red berry and cherry aromas are complemented by dried flowers, herbs and minerals. Fat and gently sweet, with vivid red fruit flavors and easygoing tannins. Very pretty and easy to drink, with excellent finishing lift and persistence." (12/2009)

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2005 Domaine Pierre Usseglio et Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Price: Hidden

92 points Wine Spectator: "Taut and reserved for now, with red plum and red currant notes held back by sinewy tannins and a racy minerality. Has solid length, and the flesh should fill out with cellaring. Best from 2008 through 2022." (10/2007)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The classic 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape is a beautiful wine that offers lots of ripe blackberry, toasted spice, olive and garrigue to go with a full, fleshy, Provençal style on the palate. Made from 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Cinsault and 5% Mourvèdre, it spent 12 months in 80% foudre and 20% barrel. Drink this classic traditional cuvee anytime over the coming 4-6 years. (JD)" (02/2015)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red. Strikingly fresh aromas of vibrant strawberry and cherry, gaining depth and ripeness with air. The darker fruits continue onto the palate, which is brightened by a spicy blood orange quality. Finishes with excellent snap and drive, especially for a 'basic' bottling. This has gained richness since last year but not at the expense of vivacity." (01/2008)

1998 Domaine Raymond Usseglio Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 1 available ($49.99)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I did a tasting of Raymond Usseglio's 1998 Chateauneuf du Pape. It is excellent, but reveals little color saturation, sweetness, and fat, and a compressed texture. (October 1999, 89-91 points: 'Two component parts of this wine were tasted, and both proved to be outstanding. This is a traditionally made, peppery, dried herb, black cherry-scented and flavored wine with full body, heady alcohol, and the vintage's lofty levels of glycerin, extract, and low acidity. The result is a sumptuously-styled wine that can be drunk young or cellared for 10-15 years.')" (10/2000)

2001 Domaine Roger Perrin "Reserve des Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 2 available Price: Hidden

2001 Domaine St. Benoit "Cuvee de Grande Garde" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 2 available ($34.99)

2000 Domaine Vacheron-Pouizin "Domaine du Caillou Les Quartz" Chateauneuf-du-Pape - 2 available Price: Hidden

2006 Grand Veneur Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes - 1 available ($79.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The debut vintage of the Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes, the 2006 (nearly all Grenache) has totally closed down. It possesses a Chateauneuf du Pape style with a Bordeaux structure. Dense ruby/purple to the rim, it displays a hint of new oak along with sensational levels of kirsch liqueur, licorice, lavender, and loamy soil. Full-bodied and powerful, with high tannin, it is built for the long haul. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2044. This estate, owned by the Jaume family, has been on fire over the last decade. The wines are made in a polished, civilized, modern style, but they do not lack Provencal or Chateauneuf du Pape typicity. In 2006, they added a third cuvee of Chateauneuf du Pape, an old vine cuvee that was mostly all Grenache in 2006, but a different blend in 2007. The real bargain among the Chateauneuf du Papes is their traditional offering. Over the last 4-5 years, Grand Veneur has produced a bevy of terrific Cotes du Rhones, and the following two cuvees are indicative of what they are capable of achieving." (10/2008)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby. Alluring aromas of framboise, cherry-vanilla, potpourri and smoky minerals. Completely stains the palate with sweet red and dark berry compote flavors sexed up by candied flowers and vanilla. For a wine with such flavor impact this is shockingly lithe, showing excellent finishing precision and persistence. And it's awfully seductive right now. (Kysela Pere et Fils, Winchester, VA) 92 points" (01/2009)

17 points Jancis Robinson: "Dark crimson. Much more dangerous on the nose than the Origines. Very rich on the palate. Then dry light tannins. May well come right though for the moment not as convincing and integrated as the Origines." (08/2008)

2001 Joseph Sabon "Clos du Mont-Olivet" Chateauneuf-du-Pape - 1 available ($39.99)

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2007 Les Cailloux (Lucien et André Brunel) "Cuvée Centenaire" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 5 available Price: Hidden

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Hedonistic to the extreme and pushing the ripeness scale, yet keeping everything in check, the 2007 Les Cailloux (Lucien et André Brunel) Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Centenaire (almost 100% Grenache, with a splash of Mourvèdre, thats from the Farguerol lieu-dit in the northwest part of the appellation) is a knockout Châteauneuf-du-Pape that oozes deep blackberry styled fruits, melted licorice, spice cake, roasted meat, and garrigue aromas and flavors. Full-bodied and voluptuous on the palate, with a thick, rich texture thats brilliantly balanced by incredible freshness and ripe tannin, this gorgeous 2007 doesnt pull any punches, yet is nevertheless, a monumental wine that has 2+ decades of longevity." (03/2012)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Two brilliant successes are Brunels cuvees of 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape. His limited cuvee of approximately 500 cases of the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Centenaire (made from 80% Grenache aged in foudre, and the balance Syrah and Mourvedre aged in one- to three-year-old small barrels) comes primarily from a parcel of 120-year-old vines in the northern part of the appellation in the lieu-dit known as Farguerol. This cuvee has only been made in vintages such as 1989, 1990, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, and now 2007. Deep ruby/purple in color, the wine exhibits very up-front, precocious, sexy plum, black currant, and sweet cherry notes intermixed with some floral hints, licorice, and garrigue. It is dense, full-bodied, much more supple and silky-textured than the 2005 or 2001, but seemingly more concentrated than the 2000 version of this wine. It is a brilliant, full-throttle, seamless Chateauneuf du Pape capable of lasting for up to two decades, although few people will be able to resist its exuberant youthfulness. (RP)" (10/2009)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Rich, but amazingly silky and elegant, this is layered with blackberry, raspberry and fig fruit and stitched with incense, black tea and warm plum sauce notes, all of it staying remarkably lithe and suave. The superlong finish shows weight and precision as only Grenache can. Tempting now, but should put on weight in the cellar. Drink now through 2030. (JM)" (11/2009)

95 points Vinous: "Vivid red color. Seductive, highly expressive aromas of raspberry, anise, Asian spices, smoky minerals and potpourri. Juicy, sweet and palate-staining, with vibrant red and dark berry flavors and superb clarity and back-end florality. The extremely long finish leaves sweet floral pastille and raspberry notes behind. This is one of the most seductive wines of the vintage and is already showing a lot of complexity. (JR)" (01/2010)

Wine & Spirits: "André Brunel picks this from a vineyard planted in 1889, a blend of Grenache (80 percent) with Mourvèdre and Syrah. The combination of ripeness and maturity give this the flavors of a chocolate-dipped Florentine; its nutty and orange-spiced with a soft toffee texture." (02/2013)

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2009 Lucien & Andre Brunel "Les Cailloux" Châteauneuf-du-Pape ($39.99)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "The 2009 Les Cailloux is a classically built Châteauneuf that should age well through at least 2025. The blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 12% Syrah and 3% Cinsault starts off with lovely notes of wild thyme and dark fruit, then adds herbal complexity and chocolaty richness. It's full bodied yet firm, with some dusty but elegant tannins on the finish. It's excellent now, but will be even better in 2016 and beyond. *Editors' Choice* (JC)" (02/2013)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape is a blockbuster. Deep ruby-colored and a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre and the rest other permitted varieties, it offers up a big, sweet bouquet of kirsch, blackberries, ground herbs, pepper and licorice. Full-bodied, textured and layered, it has terrific fruit intensity, no hard edges and a great finish. Drink this hedonistic beauty anytime over the coming decade or more. (JD)" (08/2015)

92 points Vinous: "Deep ruby. Pungent, spice-accented aromas of red berry preserves, cherry and candied flowers. Sweet, pure and incisive, offering bright raspberry and lavender flavors and a deeper note of bitter cherry. Finishes with excellent focus and length, leaving spice and floral notes behind. The superb 2007 Cuvee Centenaire, which I had the chance to try again in December, is a remarkably lithe and elegant wine for the vintage and is balanced to age--no small feat for a wine from this ripe, often outsized year. (JR)" (01/2012)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Bright and juicy, this is still quite primal, with ebullient cassis, linzer torte and blackberry fruit pumping out, before more serious tar and ganache flavors harness the back end. There's a good juicy feel through the finish. This should settle in nicely in the cellar. Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah and Cinsault. Best from 2014 through 2024. (JM)" (06/2012)

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2006 M. Chapoutier "Barbe Rac" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 2 available Price: Hidden

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The deep ruby/purple-tinged 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac reveals a rich, sumptuous perfume of root vegetables, blackberries, cassis, melted licorice, incense, and spice. Chapoutiers single vineyard Chateauneuf du Papes represent two different areas of the appellation, with the Barbe Rac coming from the western corridor, not far from the Plateau of Mont-Redon. Chapoutier has adjusted the manner in which he ages these cuvees, as they are now completely aged in tank. It is incredibly full-bodied for a 2006, with superb concentration as well as excellent length and purity. Drink this beauty over the next 15+ years. Both the Barbe Rac and Croix de Bois are 100% Grenache." (10/2008)

94 points Wine Spectator: "A very beguiling, stylish, perfumy style, with incense, tea, sandalwood, red cherry and red currant fruit allied to a fine-grained texture. Supersilky and extremely long, with a lingering mineral- and shiso leaf-tinged finish that wont quit. Drink now through 2025." (06/2009)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Cellar Selection* Based in the northern Rhône, Chapoutier's Châteauneufs have not always been a strong suit, but the 2006 Barbe Rac rocks. Some stable-like notes on the nose add complexity to the bold cherry fruit, while stemmy, herbal notes bring even more nuance to the palate. It's full bodied, soft and round, with a finishing texture somewhere between silk and velvet. Best from 20122020." (12/2009)

89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red. Brooding, slow-to-open bouquet of cherry, dark berries and tobacco. Meaty and powerful, with chewy dark fruit flavors and dusty tannins. Far more difficult to read today than the Croix de Bois. This needs time to stretch out but there's clearly serious material here. 89(+?) points" (02/2009)

2004 M. Chapoutier "Croix de Bois" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 1 available Price: Hidden

2007 Paul Autard "Cuvée Juline" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 2 available ($59.99)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Shows lots of exotic braised fig, black tea, roasted mesquite, incense and bittersweet cocoa notes, with a core of black cherry and raspberry fruit in reserve. The long, flashy finish lets pastis and Black Forest cake notes emerge. This has some toast to absorb, but it's all there. Best from 2010 through 2025. (JM)" (08/2009)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The modern styled 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Juline (mostly Grenache vinified and aged in new barrels) has elegant yet rich and decadent notes of cassis, currants, toasted spice and sweet oak. Full-bodied, perfectly balanced and layered, it has plenty of integrated oak but has a beautifully Provencal, lengthy style that will keep it drinking nicely for another 10-15 years. (JD)" (02/2017)

87-90 points Vinous: "Inky purple. Lavishly oak-spiced aromas of cassis, blackberry jam and kirsch Cherry-vanilla and cola flavors are round and sweet, with soft tannins adding structure. Impresses with power if not finesse, finishing with strong oak spice and dark berry preserve flavor. Defiantly modern: I wonder how long it will take for the fruit to crawl out from under the assertive oak. (JR)" (01/2009)

Jancis Robinson: "Very dark crimson almost brooding. Sample is oxidising, but there is clearly a whole lot going on here. Very grown-up and multi-layered. Lots of sweet black cherries, but also some finesse and minerality. Very interesting wine. Very sophisticated. Clean, clear-cut finish that persists quite a while. 18/20 points." (12/2008)

2000 Paul Autard "La Côte Ronde" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 2 available Price: Hidden

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2000 Chateauneuf du Pape La Cote Ronde reveals aromas of mincemeat, plums, allspice, cherries, and vanilla. Medium to full-bodied, lush and fleshy, with low acidity, outstanding depth, and no hard edges, this sexy Chateauneuf will drink well for 10-12 years." (02/2003)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep red. Complex aromas of roasted red fruits, mocha, coffee, pepper, smoke and basil. Juicy, intense and rather stylish, but not particularly fleshy. Flavors of raspberry, pepper, licorice and garrigue framed by firm acidity. Finishes with ripe but firm tannins." (01/2003)

Wine Spectator: "Balanced and fruit-driven, it charms with the freshly crushed currant notes that mingle with black truffles, mint and plum. Medium-bodied, with attractively supple tannins on the succulent finish." (08/2002)

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2005 Paul Autard "La Côte Ronde" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 3 available ($59.99)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A big, dense wine, the 2005 Domaine Paul Autard Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée La Cote Ronde is loaded with smoked cherries, roasted herbs, melted licorice, spice box, and chocolate aromas and flavors. What starts out as a very modern seeming wine, with obvious oak, morphs into a quite Provencal wine with beautiful spice and hints of garrigue. Full-bodied and powerful on the palate, this has real density and depth though the middle, thick, rich fruit, and a structured finish. Still very youthful, this needs another 2-4 years of cellaring and should be very long lived." (09/2011)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee La Cote Ronde is undeniably the best wine Autard has made since the 1998 rendition of this cuvee. This got a big 'Wow!' when I smelled it. A stunning nose of black truffles, melted licorice, blackberries, and sweet cherries is followed by a multi-dimensional, multi-layered, full-bodied wine with tremendous power, richness, and a hint of barrique. One could say this is modern, but the Provencal personality jumps from the glass of this meaty, dense wine. Give it 2-3 years of bottle age and drink it over the following 15+ years. (RP)" (10/2007)

93 points Vinous: "Dark ruby. Deep cherry and blackcurrant aromas, with sexy anise, incense and floral character expanding with air. Lush and sweet, offering deep creme de cassis and bitter cherry flavors framed by supple tannins. Invitingly sweet and plush on the finish, which echoes the cassis and licorice qualities. This is utterly seductive today. (JR)" (01/2008)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Delivers a healthy dose of cocoa and toast before more typical black cherry, currant, tobacco and mineral notes fill out the back end. There's also lots of spice, with a muscular, chewy finish that needs some time to settle in. Best from 2008 through 2020. (JM)" (08/2007)

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2010 Paul Jaboulet Aine "Domaine du Terre Ferme" Chateauneuf du Pape - 2 available Price: Hidden

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2004 Pierre Usseglio "Mon Aieul" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 1 available ($69.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Richer, more perfumed and complex, the 2004 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee de Mon Aieul (100% Grenache aged all in concrete tank) offers up gorgeous notes of kirsch, sweet garrigue, flowers and red licorice in its full-bodied, supple and textured profile. Showing the vintage freshness and elegance, it nevertheless dishes out loads of fruit and texture, with fine tannin and a great finish. Count me a fan, and Id drink bottles over the coming 4-5 years, yet it should evolve gracefully for a decade." (02/2014)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Packed with pure, ripe fruit--raspberry, boysenberry and fig--along with cocoa, tar and violet notes. Long, rich, dark finish shows lots of exotic spice, date and dried fruit notes. Tight on the finish, so cellar for a while. Best from 2007 through 2024." (11/2006)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Explosively floral aromas of raspberry and wild strawberry complicated by mineral and lavender notes. Concentrated and deep, with sweet but nicely focused red fruit and bitter cherry flavors accompanied by exotic smoked meat and black walnut tones. An impressively rich, powerful wine, offering serious palate coverage and a long, very sweet finish." (02/2007)

2001 Roger Sabon "Prestige" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 1 available ($59.99)

92-95 points Robert Parker: "The Cuvee Prestige is full-bodied, sexy, concentrated, and loaded with the essence of Provence. With higher alcohol (15%) than the 2000, as well as great intensity, the deep plum/purple-colored 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Prestige exhibits fewer pepper and garrigue characteristics, and more of the black currant/cherry/black fruit flavor spectrum. It possesses full body, great purity and intensity, and a big, chewy, moderately tannic, large-scaled finish. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2020." (02/03)

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2009 Roger Sabon "Prestige" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 2 available ($64.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The monumental 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Prestige is a creative blend of 60% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, and the rest grapes such as Vaccarese, Muscardin, Cinsault, Terret Noir and Counoise. Most of the fruit is aged in foudre, with the Syrah and Mourvedre components aged in new oak. The fabulous 2009 offers an opaque purple color along with a gorgeous nose of charcoal, burning embers, black currants, soy, Asian plum sauce, blackberries and kirsch. The wine-s complexity is nearly off the charts. Moreover, once it hits the palate, the high glycerin, silky tannins, low acidity and luxurious concentration provide a compelling drinking experience. This spectacular Chateauneuf du Pape is one of the wine-s of the vintage. It can be drunk now or cellared for 15+ years. (RP)" (10/2011)

94 points Wine Spectator: "There's a slightly chunky edge to the charcoal, roasted fig, mulled plum and black currant notes in this dark. A lacing of espresso and bittersweet cocoa helps add some finesse to the finish. A touch of cellaring should do the rest. Best from 2012 through 2022. (JM)" (11/2011)

89-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid purple. A highly perfumed, exotic nose evokes black raspberry, Indian spices, licorice and violet, along with a hint of beef jerky. Broad, sappy dark berry flavors are underscored by tangy minerality and become smokier and meatier with air. Finishes with firm grip and no excess sweetness and repeats the smoky note. (JR)" (03/2011)

Jancis Robinson: "Very dark purplish crimson. Heady and intense. Going for gold! Very ambitious and full of true Châteauneuf flavours. There is a great deal of tannin there but one has the impression that the fruit is worth waiting for. 18/20 points" (10/2010)

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2011 Roger Sabon "Secret de Sabon" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 2 available ($99.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Starting with the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Le Secret du Sabon, it shows the sunny character of the vintage with its perfumed kirsch and red fruits, herbes de Provence, licorice and ground spices. A big wine, it possesses full-bodied richness, fine tannin and a seamless, elegant style that will allow it to evolve gracefully for 15 years or more. (JD)" (08/2014)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Features linzer torte, boysenberry and blueberry coulis flavors allied to ample, silky and seamless structure and backed by a gorgeous perfumy finish of black tea and incense. Offers a beguiling, Pinot Noir-like profile, with lovely length and mouthfeel. Best from 2015 through 2030." (10/2013)

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2007 Xavier Vins "Cuvée Anonyme" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 11 available ($59.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Except for Henri Bonneau's 2007 Reserve des Celestins (which is still in barrel), the last 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape to be released will be Xavier Vignons Anonyme. This sensational wine spent three years in a combination of demi-muids and small oak. It boasts an inky/purple color along with a sweet nose of underbrush, garrigue, licorice, blackberries and black currants. Full, thick, unctuously textured and even flamboyant, this stunning 2007 should drink well for another 15-20 years... Fashioned from the best fruit from old vines planted in the finest parcels is the Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Anonyme.(RP)" (10/2010)

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2009 Xavier Vins "Cuvée Anonyme" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 12 available ($49.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "There are approximately 10,000 bottles of the sensational 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Anonyme, which is fashioned from an unusual blend of 25% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre, 25% Syrah and the remaining 25% Counoise, Vaccarese and other authorized varietals. Its opaque purple color is followed by a wine of extraordinary intensity. Copious notes of licorice, garrigue, underbrush, blackberries, black currants and graphite are present in this full-bodied, modern-styled, fragrant, distinctive Chateauneuf. This terrific, voluptuous 2009 should drink well young and last for 15-20 years. (RP)" (10/2011)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A wine I wasnt able to review on release, the brilliant 2009 Xavier Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Anonyme is an eclectic blend of 25% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 25% Mourvedre, and the rest an assortment of varieties. Deep, dense, and layered, it offers up a truly spectacular bouquet of sweet kirsch, blackberries, lead pencil, garrigue, licorice, and flowers that continues to develop and evolve over the evening. Showing the perfume and slight red fruit-driven slant of the vintage, it shines on the palate as well and has a full-bodied, seamless, and polished feel, with surprising sweetness to its tannin, thrilling concentration, and blockbuster length on the finish. More than a little impressive, this beauty should be given another 3-4 years of bottle age, and consumed over the following decade or more. It has a solid mix of traditional aromatics and flavors to go with plenty of polish, texture, and fruit. 94+" (12/2012)

K&L Notes: Even in hallowed Châteauneuf-du-Pape, hot new brands like this are coming up, according to the Wine Advocate: "This is an up and coming, small, high quality negociant operation run by oenologist, Xavier Vignon and two partners. As I mentioned last year, they have some important clients – Raymond Usseglio, La Gardine, Jerome Quiot, Beaurenard, La Nerthe, Mont Redon, Marcoux and Grand Veneur, to name some of the more prominent. Tasting through this portfolio in September confirmed the efforts they are making to turn out high quality wines at reasonable prices." (12/2011) 14.5% abv.

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2010 Xavier Vins "Cuvée Anonyme" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 1 available ($44.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The powerful, rich 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Anonyme reveals an off-the-chart level of extract, lots of glycerin (nearly 16% natural alcohol) and copious black cherry, blueberry, forest floor, lavender and graphite characteristics. This full-throttle red requires 3-4 years of cellaring and should keep for two decades. Xavier Vignon, along with Philippe Cambie, are probably the two most highly renowned oenologists in Chateauneuf du Pape as well as some of the surrounding Cotes du Rhone regions. 95+ (RP)" (10/2012)

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The "Anonyme" is the pinnacle of the modern styled Chateauneufs. Opulent flavors of blackberry compote, sandalwood, roasted figs and Medjool dates. It is full and lush on the palate and delivers a long and satisfying finish. Feel free to drink now with a bit of aeration or tuck away in the cellar for a decade or two.

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2007 Xavier Vins Châteauneuf-du-Pape ($29.99)