Robert Parker 97
In a terrific spot, and outperforming the vintage’s modest reputation, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes delivers luscious, complex spice notes, ripe, plummy fruit (the Mourvedre was picked at 16 degrees of potential alcohol) and an outrageously supple, silky feel on the long, long finish. What a great wine!
Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025
Inky ruby. Powerful, spice-accented aromas of dark berry preserves and incense, with suave vanilla and woodsmoke nuances adding complexity. Plush and open-knit, showing impressive depth to its sweet, densely packed black and blue fruit flavors. Nicely braced by juicy acidity. The smoky note lingers on the gently tannic, sweet finish, which shows superb energy, power and thrust.