Note : 90
Brilliant ruby. Smoke- and spice-accented aromas of red and dark berries, anise and floral pastilles, with a hint of vanilla in the background. Supple and broad on entry, then tighter in the mid-palate, offering lively black raspberry and mocha flavors and a touch of peppery spices. Finishes sappy and long, with smooth tannins emerging slowly.
Note : 90
A blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, and 10% Syrah that is aged in demi-muid and concrete tank, the 2010 Domaine de Mourchon Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a peppery, spice-driven wine that offers up a core of sweet fruit, a light, firm texture, and solid length on the finish. Very Provencal, with a slight dry/dusty edge to its herb de Provence, garrigue, and leather aromas, this medium-bodied Châteauneuf-du-Pape needed a solid decant to show at its best, and really did not start to shine until the second day. It should be given 1-2 years of bottle age, and consumed over the following 5-7.
Note : 17/20
70% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah. 60-80 year-old vines from a mixture of parcels on La Crau and sandy soils. 25-30 hl/ha. 30% aged in concrete; 70% in demi muids for 12 months. Négoce. Warm, spicy nose but not over the top and with excellent tannin management. This is neither dry nor hot with alcohol. Top note of gaminess. Bursting with life and approachable without being simple. Very vigorous. Really bright and satisfying. Not too sweet. Well done!