2010 is regarded as the greatest vintage in Chateauneuf-du-Pape since 1978. It produced a plethora of outstanding wines which are complex and balanced, in a lot of ways similar to 2010 Burgundy.
We have secured the last of the 2010's from Domaine Tour St-Michel and, ridiculous as it seems, we offer these classic wines at prices equal or below the current 2012 vintage!
The wines are their two Prestige cuvees: La Cuvee du Lion and Feminessance.
Many of you will have tasted these beautifully made wines from our prior shipments. Here is your chance to top up. The domaine has no further bottles available.
Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Cuvee du Lion 2010
ONLY 22 AVAILABLE
Normal Price $93.95
Pre Arrival Price $79.95
Rhone Report: More traditional and mineral-laced, the 2010 La Tour du Lion is a blend of 75% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 5% Mourvedre that is aged mostly in tank, with 20% of the blend seeing 2-year-old barrels. Elegant and more approachable than the Feminessence, it delivers plenty of black fruit characteristics to go with notions of smoked earth, wet stone, and meaty qualities, with only a hint of the barrique aging showing. This is followed by a full-bodied, gorgeously fruited 2010 that has a fleshy, mouth filling texture, brilliant purity, and a seamless finish. It should be better in a handful of years, and have 10-12 years or more of overall longevity. 94 Points
Chateauneuf-du-Pape Feminessance 2010
Normal Price $129.95
Normal Pre Arrival Price $109.95
Super Special Pre Arrival Price this week $89.95 (Save $40.00!)
Rhone Report: Easily the most modern in the lineup, yet absolutely beautifully done, the 2010 Domaine Tour Saint-Michel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Feminessence is a blend of 65% Grenache and 35% Syrah that is aged half in new, and half in 1-year-old, French oak barrels. It offers up an intense array of black cherry liqueur, blackberry, white chocolate, vanilla, and spice box-like aromatics that give way to a full-bodied, seamless palate that has a decadent, almost voluptuous texture, pure fruit, and brilliant richness. I am certainly a fan, but it will not be for everyone given the modern slant. Nevertheless, I think the oak and modern profile here will mostly integrate with 4-5 years of bottle age, and it will have 12-15 years or more of total longevity. 94 Points
Cheaper than 750ml bottles of Prestige Cuvee Chateauneuf-du-Pape from other makers!
Don't miss this opportunity to add some high-rating Chateauneufs to your cellar at an incredible price.