Grand vin de garde, ce vin se déguste une fois carafé, accompagné de gibier. Une daube de sanglier lui conviendra parfaitement. More info
A monumental effort meriting a perfect score, the super-rich 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is a 4,000-bottle blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah from 55- to 105-year-old vines and was aged for 18 months in small oak. The wine offers majestic blackberry and cassis fruit intermixed with kirsch, licorice and subtle Provencal herbs in the background. It is akin to chewing meat in the mouth given its viscosity and thickness. This utterly amazing wine comes close to being over the top, but it pulls back just in time. A massive Chateauneuf du Pape (even for a 2010), it needs 5-6 years of cellaring and should age effortlessly for 25-30 years. Bravo!
This Châteauneuf-du-Pape comes from a blend of several plots that each have their own identity: the Bois de la Ville and les Serres provide very concentrated juice, Farguerol and Cansaud provide extreme aromatic richness thanks to the red clay and finally the chalk-rich soils of Cabrières and Revès give incredible structure to the wine. On the nose, red fruit prevail accompanied by a slight woodiness. On the palate, the tannins are melted and elegant. The length is exceptional and over time the aromas of sous-bois, leather or tobacco can evolve.
In 1979, Odile and Alain Jaume created Domaine Grand Veneur. Expansion efforts over the years means that the domaine has gone from 9 hectares to 78 hectares in some of the most prestigious appellations of the southern Rhône: Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Lirac and Côtes-du-Rhône. The family has also expanded: now it is Sébastien and Cristophe who run this domaine with organic certification.
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A very successful Châteauneuf, with jammy, spicy fruity notes; very rich, yet still well b...
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