Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf du Pape les Origines 2010 - Sale $54.99
94-96 pts Wine Advocate
There are only 4 other 2010 CNDP rated as highly that sell for under $60!
I’ve had every vintage since 2000 multiple times and I've always maintained this is one of the best buys in all of Chateauneuf du Pape. Did you catch the part above? Only 4 other 2010 CNDPs are in the same league! Grand Slam!
Veneur manages to capture the ripeness of fruit associated with the “modern” style, all while showcasing the unique terroir that is unmistakably Chateauneuf du Pape. In the exceptional 2010 vintage, Veneur is both more powerful and substantial than previous vintages, yet more elegant and refined. Parker picks up on this in his review as well, commenting that the acidity seems higher and the alcohol lower than in 2009. Typically, this reflects a cooler year and results in a more approachable, early drinking style. But 2010 was a fabulous year… and this wine is actually quite a bit tighter and more powerful on the palate than 2009!
This seemingly contradictory nature is nothing of the sort – this 2010 Veneur Origines Chateauneuf simply has everything! Rich, ripe powerful fruit and terroir-laden flavors coupled with fine, firm tannins, all with bright acidity and balanced alcohol. Balance… there’s that word again… it is the hallmark of the truly great wines and winemakers. Sebastian Jaume is certainly elevating his game to be considered one of the best practitioners in the Rhone!
Considering 7 out of 8 of the past vintages have rated higher than 94 points, I'm still amazed at how reasonable the price is. I advise getting on board the Veneur train now!
"50% Grenache / 20% Syrah / 30% Mourvedre. Aged 18 months in 100% new oak. "The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Origines is nearly off the charts in terms of concentration. It is a less sexy, flamboyant effort compared to the 2009, but it is noble, reserved and pure with plenty of black and blue fruit notes intermixed with subtle garrigue, graphite and spice box characteristics. Full and rich with high tannins, good acidity and a style built for the long term, this 2010 will benefit from 4-5 years of cellaring, and keep for at least 20-25 years."