Red | Chateauneuf du Pape | France | Rhone | 750ml
A gutsy, square-jawed style, with a slightly burly chestnut and alder wood frame to the roasted fig, mulled blackberry and steeped black currant fruit. Ends with a solid, rustic-hewed finish. Best from 2013 through 2019. 4,000 cases made.Wine Spectator 91 Points
The 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition is a blend of 75% Grenache and the rest mostly Syrah and Mourvedre with small amounts of Counoise, Vaccarese and Cinsault, all aged in foudres. It possesses a wonderful earthy/garrigue character in addition to abundant kirsch, lavender and black raspberry fruit. This full-bodied 2011 should drink beautifully for a decade. Wine Advocate 90-92 Points
Composed of 85% Grenache and the rest equal parts Syrah and Mourvedre, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes emanates from four separate old vine parcels located in Pignan, Mont Redon, Les Grands Galiguieres and La Gardine. A candidate for the wine of the vintage, the 2011 exhibits a shockingly rich dense purple color as well as sensational notes of blackberries, licorice, cassis, nori (the seafood wrapper used in sushi restaurants), pepper and roasted meats. It is a full-throttle, massive Chateauneuf du Pape with silky tannins, decent acidity and a long finish. This is a killer wine! It should age effortlessly for 10-15 years. Wine Advocate 92-94 Points
The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is mostly Grenache blended with a dollop of Syrah, all planted in 1964. It offers licorice, fig, black currant, incense, kirsch, new saddle leather and meaty characteristics. Full-bodied, dense and more supple and silky textured than the Cuvee Prestige, it, too, should drink well for two decades.Wine Advocate 92-94 Points
Red | Chateauneuf du Pape | France | 750ml
"This is a powerhouse, with roasted bay, sage and tobacco leaf notes running through the layers of dark plum, blackberry compote and roasted fig fruit. The long, almost unbridled finish flaunts muscle, coated with ganache, while a note of hot stone lurks in the background throughout. Best from 2013 through 2030. 830 cases made. Wine Spectator 95 Points
Red | Chateauneuf du Pape | France | Rhone Valley | 750ml
Made from 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 10% Mourvedre (an unusual blend for Chateauneuf du Pape, but typical for Fortia), the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee du Baron reveals serious black raspberry and black currant fruit, sweet tannin, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, a layered, multidimensional character and a long finish. This impressive effort should age nicely for a decade or more.Wine Advocate 88-91 Points
Pale yellow. Vibrant, incisive aromas of lemongrass, green apple and minerals, with a hint of smoky herbs. Very fresh citrus and orchard fruit flavors offer impressive punch and clarity without any impression of weightiness. The finish repeats the lemongrass note and clings with good authority and spicy persistence.
(68% grenache, 15% mourvedre, 13% syrah and 4% cinsault): Bright purple. Powerful, deeply pitched aromas of cherry compote, licorice and spicy underbrush. Sweet, fleshy and focused, showing good heft to its ripe cherry, smoky plum and cassis flavors. Finishes dense, minerally and long, with very smooth tannins. This wine is showing more power than I usually expect from this estate. Stephen Tazner International Wine Cellar 90-93 Points
A blend of 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and 5% Mourvedre, the 2009 Ch'teauneuf-du-Pape Cuv?e Patricia shows perhaps the most intense, exuberant, and boisterous fruit and texture of the entire line-up. It is a rich, full-bodied, full-throttle Chateauneuf du Pape to drink over the next 10-15 years.
Still tight, with the core of cherry and red currant fruit held in check by a mix of lightly firm sandalwood, spice, licorice root and warm stone flavors. Mulled fig and cocoa notes check in on the grippy finish. A rare backward style 2008 that will need some cellaring to round into form.Wine Spectator 92 Points
This 135-acre estate (all in the famed La Crau) has produced a 2009 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape composed of 65% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre and the rest other authorized varietals (from vines that average 60 years of age). The wine is aged 18 months in foudres and concrete tanks. This classic offering had just been bottled before my visit, so it was probably tighter than it will be in 6-12 months. Deep ruby/purple-colored with notes of garrigue, seaweed, licorice, plums, black cherries and raspberries, it typically reveals a Mediterranean sea breeze-like character that is difficult to articulate. The sweetness of the tannin, full-bodied mouthfeel, and evolved style remind me somewhat of the 1983, which is still drinking beautifully. The 2009 can be consumed now or cellared for two decades.?Wine Spectator 94 Points
Free Shipping on 4 Bottles or morePerforming considerably better than it did prior to bottling, the 2010 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape is one of the all-time great Vieux Telegraphes I have tasted in the last 3+ decades. I believe it is even superior to the 2007, which I had several weeks ago. The 2010 boasts a dense purple color along with a sumptuous bouquet of spring flowers, boysenberries, black cherries, black currants, nori (the sushi seaweed wrapper), black olives, licorice and pepper. This full-bodied, meaty, thick, juicy effort possesses a boatload of tannin, but it also has incredible concentration. More massive than I remember from last year, it has put on considerable weight and intensity. Forget it for 3-4 years, and drink it over the following 25-30 years. Kudos to Daniel and Frederic Brunier! Robert Parker Wine Advocate 97 Points
It exhibits a dark ruby/purple color as well as a surprisingly supple style, full body, and pure cassis and black cherry fruit intermixed with hints of Provencal herbs/garrigue, lavender and dusty, loamy soil notes. This round, generous, seductive 2010 is a blend of 60% Grenache and the rest equal parts Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault and Counoise from 85- to 105-year-old vines located in the northwestern sector of the appellation. It should drink well for 10-12 years. I am happy to see that proprietor Michel Arnaud has again turned out one of the best value-priced Chateauneuf du Papes of the appellation.?Wine Advocate (91)
Deep ruby. Sexy red fruit aromas are complicated by garrigue and Asian spices. Refreshingly taut and nervy on the palate, with juicy raspberry and bitter cherry flavors putting on weight with air. The raspberry notes repeats on the long, spice-accented finish. This wine should age well on its balance.
Stephen Tanzer (92)
Pale yellow. Aromas of fresh pit fruits and tangerine, with a spicy overtone. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering sappy nectarine and orange zest flavors and a hint of vanilla. Finishes smooth and spicy, with very good clarity and length.