Offers a deep, dark well of lush plum cake, hoisin sauce, roasted fig and cassis notes that seems to power on endlessly, while roasted mesquite, iron and incense fill in the background. Hefty but remarkably rounded, with a long, charcoal- and black tea-filled finish. Built to be one of the longer-lived wines of the vintage.
Author: James Molesworth
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94
Opaque ruby. Highly fragrant aromas of black raspberry, cherry compote, lavender oil and Indian spices. Densely packed, focused and juicy, with intense red and dark berry flavors given spine and lift by zesty acidity. Shows serious intensity and finishes with outstanding clarity and floral persistence.
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: January/February 2012
Wine Advocate | Rating: 94
The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes displays the telltale blue and black fruit jamminess that this wine often has, with a voluptuous mouthfeel and wonderful notes of incense, truffle, pepper and forest floor. There is always a floral quality that goes with the blueberry and black raspberry fruit in this wine. Dense and rich, it is probably a tad less concentrated than the 2010, but very close in quality. This wine should drink well for at least 20+ years.