2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Clos Saint Jean, Rhône

2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Clos Saint Jean, Rhône

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2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Clos Saint Jean, Rhône

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On tasting this excellent Châteauneuf-du-Pape, there is no doubt that it is anything but a great producer who is on form and from a very serious vintage. As with all wines which are able to populate this small group, they are incredibly easy to enjoy at a young age – you really can drink this now or cellar it for 6-8 years.
The nose, palate and finish are repleate with dark red fruits and wonderful detail from touches of blueberry and those textbook Châteauneuf notes of gun and wood smoke, brooding Southern French herbs and a touch of fine marzipan and luxurious Christmas cake.
Gary Owen, Fine Wine Dept., Private Account Manager

Grenache makes up 75% of the blend here, a little less than usual as a result of the coulure at flowering time. This has allowed the remaining shareholders, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Muscardin and Vaccarese to really strut their stuff, a dance garlanded with herbs and spice and beautifully delicate tannins.
Simon Field MW, Wine Buyer

The brothers Pacsal and Vicent Maurel, with a little help from the larger-than-life and near-ubiquitous consultant Philippe Cambie, continue to work wonders with this famous old Domaine, which gets its first BBR listing this year. The property is similar in size to Beaucastel and also has some spectacular parcels of old vines, its centurion-holders mainly situated on the Crau plateau. The winemaking here is traditional, yet the wines themselves seem to marry tradition and modernity with effortless aplomb.

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Clos Saint Jean

Clos Saint Jean

The brothers Pacsal and Vincent Maurel, with a little help from the larger-than-life and near-ubiquitous consultant Philippe Cambie, continue to work wonders with this famous old Châteauneuf du Pape Domaine Clos St. Jean.

The wine property is similar in size to Beaucastel and also has some spectacular parcels of old vines, its centurion-holders mainly situated on the Crau plateau. The winemaking here is traditional, yet the wines themselves seem to marry tradition and modernity with effortless aplomb.

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the largest and most important wine appellation in the southern Rhône. It is home to more than 3,200 hectares of vineyards and over 80 growers; more wine is produced in Châteauneuf than the whole of the northern Rhône put together. The vineyards are bounded to the west by the Rhône river and to the east by the A7 autoroute.

Châteauneuf-du-Pape was the first ever Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée established in France, in 1932. Small, rounded rocks from the ancient river bed known as galets roulés are a key aspect of what makes Châteauneuf -du-Pape wines so distinctive, with the rocks reflecting heat back into the vines at night, thus increasing ripeness and reducing acidity.

The gloriously rich red wines, redolent of the heat and herbs of the south, are enhanced by the complexity which comes from blending several grape varieties. Fourteen are permitted for reds: GrenacheMouvedreSyrah, Cinsault, Vaccarese, Counoise, Teret Noir, Muscadin, Picpoul Noir, Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Rousanne, Picpoul Gris and Picardin. With red Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Grenache typically dominates with Syrah and Mourvèdre in support.

White Châteauneuf-du-Pape is becoming increasingly sought-after, even though it represents less than 10 percent of the total production. Here, five grapes are permitted: Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Roussanne, Bourboulenc and Picardin.

Recommended Producers: Château de Beaucastel, Clos de Papes, Vieux Télégraphe, Château Rayas,, Domaine de la Charbonnière, Sabon, Château La Nerthe, Domaine Perrin

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Southern Rhône Blend

Southern Rhône Blend

The vast majority of wines from the Southern Rhône are blends. There are 5 main black varieties, although others are used and the most famous wine of the region, Châteauneuf du Pape, can be made from as many as 13 different varieties. Grenache is the most important grape in the southern Rhône - it contributes alcohol, warmth and gentle juicy fruit and is an ideal base wine in the blend. Plantings of Syrah in the southern Rhône have risen dramatically in the last decade and it is an increasingly important component in blends. It rarely attains the heights that it does in the North but adds colour, backbone, tannins and soft ripe fruit to the blend.

The much-maligned Carignan has been on the retreat recently but is still included in many blends - the best old vines can add colour, body and spicy fruits. Cinsault is also backtracking but, if yields are restricted, can produce moderately well-coloured wines adding pleasant-light fruit to red and rosé blends. Finally, Mourvèdre, a grape from Bandol on the Mediterranean coast, has recently become an increasingly significant component of Southern Rhône blends - it often struggles to ripen fully but can add acidity, ripe spicy berry fruits and hints of tobacco to blends.

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Reviews

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The Wine Advocate90-92/100
Parker90-92/100

Critic reviews

The Wine Advocate90-92/100
The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape (75% Grenache, 15% Syrah and the rest Mourvedre, Cinsault, Muscardin and Vaccarese from 75 year old vines) is aged in tank (the Grenache), small barrels and 600-liter demi-muids. Its dense purple color is followed by scents of lead pencil shavings, white chocolate, lavender, black currants and sweet cherries. Pure and full-bodied with good acidity as well as a long finish, this fragrant, poised Chateauneuf should drink nicely for 10-12+ years.
(Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - Oct 2011) Read more
Parker90-92/100
The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape (75% Grenache, 15% Syrah and the rest Mourvedre, Cinsault, Muscardin and Vaccarese from 75 year old vines) is aged in tank (the Grenache), small barrels and 600-liter demi-muids. Its dense purple color is followed by scents of lead pencil shavings, white chocolate, lavender, black currants and sweet cherries. Pure and full-bodied with good acidity as well as a long finish, this fragrant, poised Chateauneuf should drink nicely for 10-12+ years.
(Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - Oct 2011) Read more