Robert Parker’s View on Rhône 2010

Robert Parker, Rhone 2010

Although we have been offering the 2010 vintage Châteauneuf-du Pape for a couple of weeks now, it is always interesting to see Robert Parker’s scores when they come out. We knew from our own tastings that the 2010 vintage was extraordinary and our opinions are supported in his report in The Wine Advocate this week:

“This is a great vintage that comes close in quality to 2007 in the southern Rhône. Some producers think 2010 eclipses 2007 because of the wines’ vivid freshness and focus. Throughout the southern Rhône, the hallmarks of the vintage are very dense purple, sometimes even blue/black colors as well as higher acid levels that have not been seen since 2004 and 2001. In fact, 2010’s paradox is that I can’t remember a vintage so concentrated, powerful and rich that also has such zesty acidity….

 2010 Coudelet de Beaucastel The 2010s will have significant aging potential, which is obvious in the level of tannins, but the tannins are sweet with exceptional elegance and finesse. The ratio of high extractive and phenolic skins to the juice has produced wines of extraordinary intensity, freshness, aromatic potential and obvious longevity. This is another great vintage that offers an embarrassment of riches for this region that has enjoyed a succession of extraordinary years… Add the possibility of a trifecta in 2011, and readers can see why more and more importers and consumers are beating a path to these outstanding wines that offer a terrific ratio in terms of value and pleasure, as well as the potential for moderate evolution in a wine collection.”

Our full Rhône 2010 offer will be in Spring 2012, but we still have some volumes of the early-released Châteauneufs from Beaucastel, Clos des Papes and Vieux Télégraphe available, with prices and the relevant scores below:

Wine Price Score
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe £180 per case of 6 bottles in bond 91-94
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Château de Beaucastel £279 per case of 6 bottles in bond 92-94+
Coudoulet de Beaucastel, Château de Beaucastel,
Côtes du Rhône
£126 per case of 12 bottles in bond 88-90
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, Château de Beaucastel £258 per case of 6 bottles in bond 90
Roussanne Vieilles Vignes, Château de Beaucastel £399 per case of 6 bottles in bond 94
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine du Clos des Papes £312 per case of 6 bottles in bond 96-98
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, Domaine du Clos des Papes £399 per case of 12 bottles in bond 93

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