Dom. de la Cote de l'Ange Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2010

Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France

Item No. 122592
  • red wine
  • RP96
  • WS94
  • ST92
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2005
  • WS93

Winemaker's Notes

Superb deep purple with glossy hues. Great richness and maturity can be sensed on the nose: raspberry jam, crushed strawberry and then aromas of cocoa, roasted coffee beans and smoky notes, all accompanied by sweet spices of thyme, garrigue and game. In the mouth it is rich, full and intense with a powerful and lingering finish of fruit compote, smoky notes, and hints of licorice.

Critical Acclaim

"If you can find any, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes, which comes from nearly 80-year-old vines planted in sandy and limestone soils, is a blend of 85% Grenache aged in foudres and 15% Mourvedre aged in small oak casks. The 2007 version of this wine is prodigious, but this is close and may even eclipse that wine, but time will be the final arbiter. Dense purple, with a full-bodied mouthfeel, loads of blackberry fruit, intense kirsch, oodles of licorice, lavender, and garrigue notes, this is layered, sumptuous, full-throttle wine with good acidity, sweet, moderate tannin, and a skyscraper-like mouthfeel and finish. Drink this sensational wine over the next 20-25 years. It is one of the great wines of the vintage."
96 Points

"This is gorgeous, with a stunning, velvety mouthfeel that lets layer upon layer of braised fig, melted licorice, boysenberry preserves and cherry confiture glide along, while extra pastis, ganache and Turkish coffee notes fill in the background. Features a long, dense, but polished and poised finish. Best from 2015 through 2030."
94 Points

"Opaque ruby. Blackberry and cherry compote on the highly perfumed nose and in the mouth. Smooth and expansive, with strong punch and slow-building spice and floral notes. The finish is long and energetic, with only a hint of tannins. I'm surprised by how accessible this wine is right now but suspect that it will be even better with another five or so years of bottle age.
Rating: 92(+?)"
92 Points

Learn About Dom. de la Cote de l'Ange

The history of the vineyards of Chateauneuf du Pape go back to the fourteenth century when the papacy moved to Avignon. This wine secular tradition continues today. The union of two families castelpapales, Domaine de la Cote d l'Ange claims that tradition and makes it live, in the 21st Centure, perfect in keeping with the times. The Coast Angel vineyard age 40 on average, covers...

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Learn About Chateauneuf-du-Pape

(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...

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Learn About Rhone Red Blends

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...

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