Châteauneuf-du-Pape releases

by Elizabeth Cooper in Wine & Beer

The Châteauneuf-du-Papes are coming!! The Châteauneuf-du-Papes are coming!!

 No, probably not cried through the streets of Boston; but these 2010s are definitely worth shouting about.

 ”Due to an average yield of 27 hl/ha (35 hl/ha being the maximum yield authorized by the appellation regulations) the vintage 2010 will be remembered as one of the lowest, in terms of quantity, and one of the highest in terms of quality (of harvest and wines). “  –  The Fédération des Syndicats de Producteurs de Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

 The lower yields are mainly the result of rainfall…or lack thereof.  Although climate specialists classify this as a cooler, wetter vintage than previous years,  if one takes into consideration only July and August 2010, rainfall was higher than in 2007 but lower than in 2003, 2005 and 2009. Summer rainfall in 2010, however, was one of the lowest since 1871.  Similarly, the total amount of days during which temperatures were over 10 °C before 30 June is a good indicator of early or late vine growth. This total was 629 °C in 2010, compared with 831 °C in 2003 and 785 °C in 2007.

 ”The comparison with 2009, another outstanding vintage, was fascinating because of the stylistic differences. 2009 was a year of wonderful opulence; the sheer ripeness producing richly textured wines with immediate appeal. 2010 seems more cerebral, appealing because of its sublime balance, concentration and crucially, its freshness. ” Alun Griffiths MW – Berrys’ Wine Buying Director

According to the first tastings, the 2010 vintage seems to be one of the best in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, on a par with the 2001 and 2007 vintages.  This vintage is all about balance: fruit, acid, tannins and alcohol.  As the wines are beginning to release, we have received several exceptional examples (and high scorers for those keeping track):

 Domain Charvin – 95pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate $91.99 ($183.99 magnum)

Ferme du Mont Cotes Capelan- 98pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate $83.99

Domaine de Ferrand – 96pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate $79.99

St. Theodoric Guigasse – 95pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate $79.99

St. Theodoric Sablon – 93pts Robert Parker Wine Advocate $61.99

These wines show beautifully now but patience yields exceptional reward, as this is a vintage made for aging. Stop in and give yourself a gift that will give back in spades!


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