This wine is a beautiful cherry and red blackberry color, with hints of violet. There is an elegant nose with aromas of raspberry, strawberry, quince compote, and a bit of wood. The palate is very fresh with great smoothness, with aromas of blackberry liqueur. It is dominated by the final notes of myrtle liqueur and blueberry.
"The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Quartz, which is aged in both foudre and truncated oak vats, comes from two lieux-dits, Les Cassanets for the Grenache and Les Bedines for the Syrah. It reveals crushed raspberry and kirsch notes as well as a chalky stone-like character, but less of the Provencal roasted herb, lavender, and licorice notes than its siblings. Drink this dense, full-bodied, impressive 2010 over the next 15-20 years.
The Wine Advocate
"This is fruit in hyperdrive, with a torrent of crushed blueberry, boysenberry and blackberry flavors rushing along, laced with sweet licorice and fruitcake and driving through the long, very polished finish, where a nice echo of charcoal keeps it honest. Really gorgeous. Drink now through 2025."
"Deep ruby-red. A more masculine, assertive wine than the Safres, showing intense red and dark berry character with strong floral and herb notes. Lush and creamy in texture, with a slow-building spiciness and a seamless quality to its dark fruit flavors. Picks up energy with air and finishes with excellent clarity and length. I'll bet that this wine will be a slow ager.
International Wine Cellar