Domaine Durieu, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Lucile Avril 2010

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96 points Jeb Dunnuck

Even better and a profound effort, as well as the finest example of this cuvee I’ve tasted, the 2010 Domaine Durieu Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve Lucile Avril is an old vine blend of 90% Grenache and the balance a mix of Mourvedre and Syrah. Youthfully tight and restrained, it possesses brilliant purity and depth, with classic aromas of blackberry, wild herbs, garrigue, and pepper to go with a full-bodied, structured, and perfectly balance mouth feel. Taking time to open in the glass and showing considerable backend structure, it needs 4-5 years of bottle age, and has 15+ years of total longevity.(9/2013)

94 points Wine Advocate

I’m not sure the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Lucile Avril will eclipse the 2007, but it is a magnificent wine. The precise blend of 90% tank-aged Grenache, 6% Mourvèdre and 4% Syrah (both aged in small oak barrels) includes 100% stems, and was bottled with no filtration. It shares several characteristics with the 2007, including a dense purple color and a flamboyant, exotic nose of jammy black fruits, incense, truffles and garrigue. Slightly more firmer structured than the 2007, the 2010 must tip the scales at over 15% alcohol given its level of glycerin and mouth-coating viscosity. This sensational effort still has some tannins to shed, but it is beautifully rich, pure and multidimensional. Give it 2-3 years of cellaring, and drink it over the following 15-20 years. (RP)(10/2012)

Jancis Robinson

Cuvée named after Vincent and François Durieu's grandmother, made from vines planted in 1914. 80% Grenache with Syrah and Mourvèdre. All whole bunch, 'so the élevage was complicated'. Extremely dark blackish crimson. Very savoury – almost smells of meat extract. Lots of raciness on the palate. Polished and energetic. Like a breath of fresh air. 17/20 points (JR)(12/2011)

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