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2010 Domaine de la Charbonniere Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Vieilles Vignes

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September 27, 2020 - $52

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RATINGS

95Robert M. Parker Jr.

A brilliant effort, velvety textured and full-bodied, offering hints of sandy, loamy soils, licorice, kirsch and crushed rocks (minerality soars from the glass). Stunningly rich, layered and provocative, it is a classic wine...

94+ Jeb Dunnuck

A classical array of kirsch liqueur, licorice, rolled stone-like minerality, and garrigue to go with a structured, concentrated mouth feel... With air, it continues to develop and flesh out, picking up more and more elegance and texture on the palate,

93Wine Spectator

Ripe and rich, but sleek, racy and pure, with linzer torte, blackberry coulis and plum sauce notes all coursing along, lined with lavender, anise and graphite. This has the density of the vintage, but stays remarkably supple and stylish...

92Vinous / IWC

Black and blue fruits on the highly perfumed, spice- and smoke-accented nose. Weighty, palate-coating dark berry compote flavors show impressive depth and energy, picking up anise and lavender nuances with air.

REGION

France, Rhône Valley, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the appellation, is a large area of nearly 8,000 vineyard acres centered around the picturesque town of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Located in southeastern France just north of the Avignon hills, the name of the appellation means “new castle of the pope” and it is a reference to the 14th century, when the Popes of Avignon built summer homes in the Southern Rhone Valley. Today the appellation is one of the most renowned in France and its terroir is known for layers of small pebbles, called “galets.” The stones in the soil are thought to help store heat and keep the soil warm, which helps ripen the grapes. The stones also help keep the soil from drying out in hot summer months. In 1923 Châteauneuf-du-Pape was a leader in establishing the idea that AOC wines in France should be made only with specified grapes, and the appellation allowed 13 grape varieties to be used. Since then the rules have been slightly modified to include several more allowable grapes. Red and white wines are produced, though in practice about 97% of all Châteauneuf –du-Papes are reds made with a blend of Grenache Noir, Cinsault, Counoise, Mourvedre, Muscardine, Syrah and Vaccarese. The red wines of this appellation are prized for being big, rich, spicy and full-bodied. White wines of the appellation are made with Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Roussanne, Picpoul and Picardin. Whites are floral, fruity and relatively full-bodied.