2010 Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge

Year: 2010
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.0%
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"A plump, juicy style, with a mouthfilling feel to the linzer torte, boysenberry and plum compote fruit flavors. The finish is nicely structured, with a graphite spine and lingering ganache and anise hints that stretch out as they air in the glass. Solid length. Drink now through 2022. 6,000 cases made. " (WS)

"The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape (70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre) is an opaque purple-colored beauty revealing lots of creme de cassis, black raspberry, licorice and camphor notes. Sexy and full-throttle as well as supple and more evolved than many 2010 Chateauneufs, it can be enjoyed now and over the next 10-12 years.

With impressive holdings in the northern sector of Chateauneuf du Pape as well as an ever expanding, high quality negociant business, brothers Christophe and Sebastian Jaume have taken this estate, established in 1826, to new heights. The estate wines, which are sold under the Domaine Grand Veneur label, are classic, quasi-modern-styled Chateauneuf du Papes that represent brilliant examples of their impeccable viticulture and winemaking. Interestingly, all three cuvees of Chateauneuf du Pape were produced in 2011. That decision appears to be justified by the quality of what I tasted as well as their potential for extended maturity beyond a decade. As for the 2010s, the Alain Jaume offerings and the Domaine Grand Veneur Cotes du Rhone cuvees were all reviewed in my report on the wines of Kysela Pere et Fils in Issue #201. The 2010 Domaine Grand Veneur estate wines, especially the Chateauneuf du Papes, are brilliant." (WA)

"($53) Opaque ruby. Sexy aromas of blackberry, cherry-cola, minerals and incense. Precise and vibrant, with terrific cut to its intense flavors of bitter cherry and dark fruit preserves and licorice. Still youthfully tight and bound-up but gains flesh and sweetness with air. Shows very good clarity and energy, finishing smooth, sappy and long." (IWC)