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Professional Ratings: 97 Wine Spectator, 97 The Wine Advocate, 95 International Wine Cellar
Region: Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
Varietal: Rhone Red Blends
Style: Smooth & Supple
Item no. 120043
This wine has a beautiful garnet red color. The nose has very elegant and complex aromas, where one discovers notes of balsamic, flint, black fruit dessert and wild plum. The palate is dominated by ripe fruit, rich and balanced with lots of freshness. It combines red fruit aromas, blood orange, peppermint, prunes, licorice and blueberry coulis.
Stunning aromas and flavors of cassis, plum eau de vie and mulled blackberry fruit roll out, with notes of violet, pastis, apple wood and fruitcake all coursing through the dense finish. Terrific grip is thoroughly embedded. Should cruise in the cellar. Best from 2015 through 2030.
A candidate for wine of the vintage, the blockbuster 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve is a powerful, heady effort that must possess more than 15% natural alcohol. Its inky/purple color is accompanied by notes of blackberries, roasted meats, smoked herbs, ink and incense. Rich, structured and full-bodied, it is another great example of this cuvee, which was first introduced in 1998 (a vintage that is just now becoming fully mature at age 13). Unlike the other cuvees, the Reserve comes from Grenache planted in 1930 in a well-known lieu-dit called La Guigasse, and the balance of Mourvedre and Syrah were planted in 1939 in Les Bedines. This wine is aged in a combination of new and one-year-old demi-muids (for the Mourvedre and Syrah) and concrete vats (for the Grenache).
Opaque purple. Explosively perfumed scents of candied red and dark berries, incense, sassafras and violet, with a suave overlay of Asian spices. Sappy, penetrating raspberry and boysenberry flavors stain the palate and are braced by zesty, building mineral and spice qualities. Lingers impressively on the finish, with the floral and dark berry notes repeating. The blend here is normally 60% grenache and 40% mourvedre.