The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is black purple as well, but slightly more restrained and lower in alcohol, with more noticeable tannins and acidity. Nevertheless, this is still a phenomenally concentrated wine, with notes of barbecue spices, blackberry and black currant fruit, smoked herbs, charcoal, incense and an intense lavender note. The tannins kick in following the full-bodied, massive mouthfeel, as well as the acidity. This wine will need to be forgotten for 8-10 years, which is somewhat atypical for a Janasse Chateauneuf du Pape. It can be consumed over the following three-plus decades. An absolutely brilliant wine, as are all of these in the Janasse portfolio. Robert Parker
Owner of the girl & the fig, the fig cafe & winebar, Author of Plats du Jours, the girl & the fig's Journey through the Seasons in Wine Country and the girl & the fig Cookbook
Smooth, gentle fruit, balanced
Smooth, gentle fruit, balanced9.4
Master Sommelier, Owner Boulder Wine Merchant
Young, but so good. Compact, balanced and pretty.
Young, but so good. Compact, balanced and pretty.9.4
Blind. Everyone got he old world and Grenache right. This was drinking really nicely with a nice mix of funk and fruit.
Blind. Everyone got he old world and Grenache right. This was drinking really nicely with a nice mix of funk and fruit.9.3