2010 Domaine de la Cote de l'Ange Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Tradition

Year: 2010
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
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"A muscular, dark style, with a baker's chocolate note up front that slowly gives way to thickly layered plum sauce, blackberry paste and dark current fruit flavors. Ganache, espresso and roasted alder fill in the finish, which will need some cellaring to stretch out fully. Best from 2015 through 2025. 6,000 cases made." (WS)

"The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape is a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah aged in a combination of cement and old wood foudres. The wine has a dense ruby/purple color and a classic nose of blueberries, blackberries, licorice, new saddle leather, roasted meats as well as pepper and spice. It is full-bodied, moderately tannic and impressive. Let it age for another 2-3 years and drink it over the following 15 or more.

This estate, run by Yannick and Corinne Gasparri, is at the top of its game, as recent vintages over the last decade have all been very strong. The introduction of the two special cuvees, the Cuvee Vieilles Vignes and the Mourvedre-dominated Secret de L’Ange, provides further evidence of their talent and access to fabulous fruit. The 2010s are brilliant wines across the board." (WA)

"Vivid ruby. Fresh red berries and spices on the fragrant nose and in the mouth. Juicy, focused, silky in texture, with slow-building spiciness. Suave and open-knit, with lingering sweetness and harmonious tannins." (IWC)