Mature Chateauneuf du Pape
There is nothing like drinking a fine wine that has some age on it. Domaine Duclaux in Chateauneuf du Pape, holds back on releasing wines until they hit their peak. The 2010 offered here is a stunner. With an average vine age of 50 years, and many close to 90, this wine has the depth and complexity to impress the most avid wine collector, while being offered at a price that allows the everyday drinker to take a big step up in quality. AND, we beat the lowest price online by more than $5.00 dollars per bottle!
The Duclaux Family traces its history back to thew 17th century from when Louis Duclaux was the first consul of Chateauneuf du Pape in 1627. This notable position continued in the family until 1831. Jerome Quiot took over full responsibility for the Domaine in 1991 and in 2001 the domaine was given by the last owner of the Duclaux Family to Jerome Quiot’s two children, Florence & Jean-Baptiste.
*2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Domaine Duclaux
$34.99btl/$377.89 per case
Color is dark red with clear purple rim. The nose is warm and beginning to show an attractive complexity characterized by understated red fruits and spice along with leather and tertiary notes. The palate is composed and lighter weight, again exhibiting a measure of bottle development in an appealing mix of red cherry and spice notes. There is a fine, balanced structure. This is an elegant, not heavyweight style expressing Cinsault and Grenache in particular, with the emphasis on finesse rather than power.
(Robert Parker 90+)
The Domaine Duclaux’s 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape (60% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre and the rest Syrah and other authorized grapes aged in tank) is also outstanding. It exhibits zesty acidity along with lots of earthy, black truffle, black cherry, new saddle leather, roasted meat and cassis notes. Unlike the Vieux Lazaret 2010, this full-bodied, structured offering begs for 2-3 years of cellaring, and should keep for two decades. Jerome Quiot is one of the largest landholders and most influential political figures of the entire region. He also owns a number of domaines and produces significant amounts of Chateauneuf du Pape from his 125 acres of vines, most of it very good, often outstanding.