Hello friends. Chateauneuf-du-Pape continues to be our most oft-requested category of import wine, and today we have a beauty: a well-reviewed 2010 at as low a tariff as I can find in the country:
Wine Advocate (Robert Parker): “($75); [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 95+pts.”
Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar (Josh Raynolds): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 95pts.”
The Rhone Report (Jeb Dunnuck): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 97pts.”
Domaine Charvin was founded in 1851, and for the first 140 years, the Charvin family sold all the fruit they grew. It was prized by some of the best negociants in the Rhone, including Marcel Guigal, and in 1990, the fifth generation (Gereard Charvin) and sixth generation (Laurent) decided to inaugurate an estate-bottled program.
They own eight hectares in Chateauneuf, and half of their vineyard material they still sell. Their vines average 50 years old, with the oldest exceeding 70 years, and it remains a small domaine, producing about 2500 cases per vintage. Done in concrete with some whole clusters, this 2010 is beautifully complex on the nose, with black raspberry (fruit and bramble) dusted with garrigue and lifted by lovely, floral, cherry-blossom notes. The palate is surprisingly dark-fruited for Grenache, with black plum and black raspberry, and there is a wild brambliness and a hot-rock minerality to this that I found compelling. This is not a shy CdP at 15% alcohol, but it’s well-balanced, deep, and long.
Please limit order requests to 8 bottles, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wine should arrive in about a week, at which point it will be available for pickup or shipping during the spring shipping window.