The fruit is ripe, the palate is rich, fleshy and powerful, with good density. Mourvedre was hugely successful, harmonizing the blend to produce a beautifully balanced Chateauneuf du Pape.
Blend: 80% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah
"A blend of 75% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre and 5% Syrah from the oldest vines is the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes. It exhibits a deeper color than its two siblings along with copious notes of new saddle leather, roasted herbs, black pepper, lavender, raspberry and black cherry fruit. This medium to full-bodied 2011 should drink nicely for a decade.
Range: 91-93 Points"
The Wine Advocate
"Deep ruby. Candied dark berries, pipe tobacco, cola and licorice on the deeply perfumed nose. The palate offers lush, weighty blueberry and blackcurrant flavors that expand with air and pick up a peppery, spicy nuance. The clinging finish is firmed by youthful, chewy tannins."
International Wine Cellar
"Offers a singed anise frame, with hints of wood spice and licorice root carrying the core of fleshy plum, blackberry and black currant fruit. A ganache note hangs on the finish. Best from 2014 through 2022."