Robert Parker 95
Showing similar aromatics, with copious toast, licorice, wood spice, black raspberry and crushed flowers, the Grand Veneur 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes possesses awesome depth and richness, full-bodied power and a blockbuster finish. A blend of 40% Grenache, 40% Mourvedre and 20% Syrah (from 5-to-100+-year-old vines) that spent 16 month in 60% small barrels, it is a brilliant 2011 that will have 15+ years of longevity. Hats off to the Jaume brothers for this superb effort.
Anticipated maturity: 2013-2028
Inky ruby. Powerful, spice-accented aromas of dark berry preserves and incense, with suave vanilla and woodsmoke nuances adding complexity. Plush and open-knit, showing impressive depth to its sweet, densely packed black and blue fruit flavors. Nicely braced by juicy acidity. The smoky note lingers on the gently tannic, sweet finish, which shows superb energy, power and thrust.