Robert Parker 96 Points
If you can find any, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes, which comes from nearly 80-year-old vines planted in sandy and limestone soils, is a blend of 85% Grenache aged in foudres and 15% Mourvedre aged in small oak casks. The 2007 version of this wine is prodigious, but this is close and may even eclipse that wine, but time will be the final arbiter. Dense purple, with a full-bodied mouthfeel, loads of blackberry fruit, intense kirsch, oodles of licorice, lavender, and garrigue notes, this is layered, sumptuous, full-throttle wine with good acidity, sweet, moderate tannin, and a skyscraper-like mouthfeel and finish. Drink this sensational wine over the next 20-25 years. It is one of the great wines of the vintage.
Wine Spectator 94 Points
This is gorgeous, with a stunning, velvety mouthfeel that lets layer upon layer of braised fig, melted licorice, boysenberry preserves and cherry confiture glide along, while extra pastis, ganache and Turkish coffee notes fill in the background. Features a long, dense, but polished and poised finish. Best from 2015 through 2030. 400 cases made.–JM
International Wine Cellar 91-93 Points
Glass-staining ruby. Powerful aromas of dark berries and cherry compote are lifted by orange pith and candied lavender. Broad, palate-staining red and dark berry flavors show impressive depth and pick up spiciness with air. Finishes sweet and long, with resonating floral and spice notes.-JR