Villeneuve Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2010
Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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The Villeneuve 2010 Vielle Vignes offers up aromas of raspberries, kirsch and other dark berries flavors. On the palate, loamy soil undertones as well as a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel.
"A bright, juicy profile, offering lots of linzer torte, loganberry, blueberry, red licorice and damson plum aromas and flavors, with notes of cherry eau-de-vie and cherries jubilee through the finish, which is carried by latent grip. A very energetic, vibrant style."
"The beautiful, dense plum/purple-colored 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Vieilles Vignes (a blend of 70% Grenache, 16% Mourvedre and the rest Syrah, Cinsault and the white grape Clairette) offers abundant aromas of black raspberries, strawberry jam, black truffle and earthy forest floor. With soft tannins, good freshness, a flowery character and crisp minerality, it reminds me of a Chateauneuf du Pape made within a framework of the great Burgundy grand cru, Musigny. Much of this cuvee comes from vines planted in 1904. "
The Wine Advocate
"Bright purple. Sexy, mineral-accented aromas and flavors of dark berries and floral pastilles, with a powerful spicy overtone. Sappy and precise, with strong finishing punch and youthfully firm tannins. There's lots of fruit here--it just needs a little time to stretch out."
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Learn About Villeneuve
Domaine de Villeneuve is a small estate (8.4 hectares) situated in the northern sector of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. The estates vineyards border Chateau Beaucastel on one side, and Mont-Redon on the other. 90% of the vines are between 30 and 100+ years of age, with 75% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 8% Syrah, and 7% of other allowed varieties.
The estate was purchased by the du Roy de...
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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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