Robert Parker 96
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.
Anticipated maturity: 2015-2027
Opaque ruby. Sexy raspberry and Asian spices on the nose, with notes of lavender and sandalwood adding complexity. Sweet, sappy and expansive, offering intense red and dark berry flavors and velvety texture. Rich and graceful Chateauneuf, finishing with appealingly sweet notes of candied red berries and flowers.