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