Sunday, November 3, 2013

The Wine Advocate 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape

2011 Rhones from the new Issue of The Wine Advocate

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2011 Chateauneuf du Pape In Stock

2011 Clos St Jean VV Chateauneuf Du Pape…$44.99 
(12 bottles)
More rich and layered, with fantastic notes of blackberry liqueur, strawberry, garrigue and lavender, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes (85% tank-aged Grenache and the balance Syrah and Mourvedre, fermented with some stem inclusion) is full-bodied, beautifully concentrated and has pure, polished tannin framing the finish nicely. It’s a gorgeous, even elegant, 2011 that will drink well for 12-15 years. Drink now-2027.
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate

2011 Janasse Chateauneuf Du Pape…$53.99 
(6 bottles)
The Sabons produced three Chateauneufs in 2011. Starting out, the classic 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape, which is a rough blend of 75-80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and the balance Mourvedre and Cinsault, displays beautiful kirsch, raspberry, spice and dusty soils aromas (among other things) as well as a medium-bodied, silky, elegant and finesse-driven style on the palate. With good mid-palate depth and fine tannin on the finish, it should have around a decade of longevity. Drink now-2021.
Rated 91/100 The Wine Advocate

2011 Janasse Cuvee Chaupin Chateauneuf du Pape…$66.99 
(6 bottles)
Coming from a cooler, sandy terroir in the northeastern part of the appellation, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Chaupin (which comes 80% from the Chaupoin lieu-dit and 20% from the La Janasse lieu-dit, hence the subtle name change) is 100% Grenache, from vines planted in 1912, that’s aged two-thirds in foudre and one-third in demi-muid. Gorgeous all around, with plenty of similarities to the traditional cuvee, yet slightly richer and fuller, it delivers beautiful mulled red and black fruits, licorice, spice and tinges of stony minerality on the nose. Full-bodied, supple, seamless and elegant, with fine tannin, it makes the most of a difficult vintage and is certainly one of the top 10-12 wines. Drink now-2023.
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

2011 Janasse VV Chateauneuf du Pape…$99.99 (6 Bottles)
And a candidate for the wine of the vintage, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is always a rough blend of 85% Grenache and the balance Syrah, Mourvedre, Clairette and other permitted varieties, that has the Grenache aged all in foudre and the Syrah and Mourvedre aged in one-third new barrels (that’s less than 6% of the blend in new barrels). Exhibiting gorgeous black fruits, spice-box, toast, licorice and roasted meat-like qualities on the nose, it is full-bodied, concentrated and layered on the palate, with loads of texture, yet delivers no weight, heat, or ever puts a foot wrong. Shockingly good in the vintage, it should not be missed. Hats off to Christophe and Isabelle. Drink now-2027.
Rated 96/100 The Wine Advocate

2011 Domaine Marcoux Chateauneuf Du Pape…$ 55.99
(12 Bottles)
Looking at the reds, Marcoux's 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape is a mostly tank-aged blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 7% Syrah and 3% Cinsault. Loaded with Provencal charm, it exhibits notes of sweet kirsch, dried licorice, herbs de Provence and sweet spice. This medium to full-bodied 2011 possesses a seamless, elegant profile, beautiful purity and sweet tannin. Up-front and already delicious, enjoy it over the coming decade or so. Drink now-2023.
Rated  92/100 The Wine Advocate

2011 Domaine Marcoux VV Chateauneuf du Pape…$149.99
(12 Bottles)
Even more impressive and mostly likely one of the top 10-12 wines in the vintage, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is an up-front, sexy and perfumed blend of close to 100% Grenache. Possessing notions of kirsch liqueur, raspberry, creamy licorice and crushed flowers, it is full-bodied, nicely concentrated and has an overall hedonistic, seamless profile that's hard to resist. I don't think it will make old bones though, and it should be at its best during its first 10-12 years of life. Don't let that deter you though as this is one delicious thrill ride of Grenache. Drink now-2023.
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

2011 Giraud Premices Chateauneuf du Pape…$33.99
(12 bottles)From the estate’s younger vines in Chateauneuf du Pape (around 50 year-old vines) and a new cuvee, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Premices is a blend of 100% Grenache that’s aged one-third in 225-liter French oak barrels and the balance in concrete tank for one year. Gorgeous all around and made in a friendly, seamless style that’s hard to resist, it possesses a translucent ruby color that’s followed by a perfumed array of kirsch, raspberry, flowers, and red licorice. Incredibly pure and smooth, with no hard edges and a silk-like texture, it stays light and elegant on the palate and is a joy to drink. It should drink nicely for 5-8 years. Drink now-2019.
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate

2011 Domaine Giraud Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee les Gallimardes… $68.99 
(2 bottles)
Up with the top wines in the vintage, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Gallimardes (90% concrete aged Grenache and 10% barrel-aged Syrah, from 100-year-old vines) is a rich, hedonistic effort that oozes sweet black currants, cassis, crushed stone, leather and roasted meat-like aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, gorgeously textured, with fine tannin and an already accessible style, it’s one of the stars of the vintage and should not be missed. Drink now-2023.
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate

2011 Domaine Giraud Chateauneuf du Pape les Grenaches de Pierre…$88.99 
(2 bottles)
Shockingly good given that it’s 100% Grenache (which struggled in the vintage), the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Grenaches de Pierre comes all from sandy soils in La Crau and Pignan. Aged all in concrete, it’s more focused and concentrated than the Gallimardes, with beautiful minerality, dark fruit, roasted garrigue and assorted Provencal nuances. Serious stuff, with full-bodied richness and chewy tannin, it will have a broad drink window. Count me a fan. Drink 2015-2027.
Rated 96/100 The Wine Advocate

2011 Domaine Roger Sabon Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Prestige 
(6 Bottles)
Easily the most successful of the three, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Prestige, which is a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre, is a rich, medium to full-bodied 2011 that has sweet tannin, great fruit and a big finish. Showing the vintage perfume and approachableness, with notes of blackberry, licorice and sweet spice, it should have a solid 10-15 years of longevity
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate

2011 Domaine Roger Sabon Chateauneuf du Pape le Secret de Sabon...$189.99
 (3 Bottles)
The tiny production 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape le Secret des Sabon is a blend of roughly 90% Grenache and the balance a mix of varieties, that’s aged all in 600-liter barrels. The most voluptuous and textured of the 2011s, with mouth-filling levels of fruit, it is a seriously impressive effort, especially in the vintage. Showing gorgeous blackberry, raspberry, licorice, crushed flowers and assorted Provencal herbs, this full-bodied, seamless and textured Chateauneuf is supple and approachable by this cuvee’s standards, yet should nevertheless evolve gracefully for another 10-15 years. Drink 2014-2028.
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

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