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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
This vintage is a selection of Domaine Durieu's best parcels of old Grenache from Chateauneufdu-Pape. The wine offers all at the same time fullness and smoothness, tannic structure and complexity, being powerful and long on the palate.
"I’m not sure the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Lucile Avril will eclipse the 2007, but it is a magnificent wine. The precise blend of 90% tank-aged Grenache, 6% Mourvedre and 4% Syrah (both aged in small oak barrels) includes 100% stems, and was bottled with no filtration. It shares several characteristics with the 2007, including a dense purple color and a flamboyant, exotic nose of jammy black fruits, incense, truffles and garrigue. Slightly more firmer structured than the 2007, the 2010 must tip the scales at over 15% alcohol given its level of glycerin and mouth-coating viscosity. This sensational effort still has some tannins to shed, but it is beautifully rich, pure and multidimensional. Give it 2-3 years of cellaring, and drink it over the following 15-20 years."
The Wine Advocate
(shah-too-NUHF due Pahp) Southern Rhone's landmark region, Chateauneuf du Pape, was the first region to gain AC status in France. That was the 1920s - it's history goes much further back than that. As the name suggests, the wine region was named after the new papal home, referring to the period of time in the 1300's when the pope resided in Avignon instead of Rome. Notable Facts...Read More About Chateauneuf-du-Pape
The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...Read More About Rhone Red Blends
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