Clos Saint-Jean Vieilles Vignes Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2010
The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is apparently only available in the United States. A blend of 85% tank-aged Grenache and the rest Mourvedre and Syrah, this massive, sexy Chateauneuf offers tremendous notes of balsam wood, tobacco leaf, kirsch liqueur, bouquet garni and a beef blood-like component. Rich and full-bodied with sweet tannin, and huge fruit, glycerin and density, this wine will also benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring, and keep for 20-25 years.
Densely packed, but deliciously racy, with linzer torte and blackberry confiture notes coursing along, supported by mouthwatering toasted anise, roasted apple wood and graphite notes. The long finish flashes a Turkish coffee edge but remains silky overall. Best from 2015 through 2025.
Saturated ruby. Sexy, highly perfumed aromas of red berry liqueur, cherry and licorice, with a powerful floral topnote. Sappy and deeply concentrated, offering palate-staining black raspberry and spicecake flavors and an exotic suggestion of candied flowers. The long finish closes on a floral note, with silky tannins adding shape.