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2010 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1166903 96 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark A classic Le Vieux Donjon, the 2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape displays a brilliantly traditional, yet pure, clean bouquet of blackberry liqueur, white pepper, licorice, crushed flowers, and roasted Provencal herbs that flows to a full-bodied, gorgeously textured and pure palate. Voluptuous and seamless, with fresh acidity and building richness and tannin, this beauty has the fruit to drink well now, yet will not hit prime time until 5-6 years after the vintage and should evolve gracefully for upwards of two decades. Inner quote mark (9/2012)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark On another level, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape is rock-star stuff, and is probably my favorite vintage from this estate to date. Deeply colored, it boasts masculine, meaty aromas and flavors of smoked herbs, pepper, licorice, lavender, crushed rock and blackberries to go with a full-bodied, concentrated and rich style on the palate. There’s ample tannin here, yet they’re sweet and beautifully integrated. Give it another handful of years and drink it over the following two decades. (JD) 96+ Inner quote mark (8/2014)

96 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This takes a decidedly old-school approach with its very distinctive bay leaf and juniper notes leading the way, along with roasted mesquite and alder wood. The core of steeped black currant, roasted plum and blackberry fruit waits in reserve while the long, ganache- and tar-filled finish has nice rugged grip, with a peppery echo. Should cellar wonderfully. *Ranked #16 in Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2012* (JM) Inner quote mark (10/2012)

94 points Decanter

Outer quote mark The fruit is developing a deliciously balsamic undergrowth aroma. Medium-bodied but aromatically and structurally assertive: bright acidity, highly textural, with an enjoyably unpolished style. (MW) Inner quote mark (10/2017)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Deeply concentrated black and blue fruits on the nose and palate, with cracked pepper and floral pastille nuances adding complexity. Juicy and energetic, with superb finishing focus and floral-driven persistence. Impeccably balanced, with the depth to age effortlessly. (JR) Inner quote mark (2/2013)

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