"Lots of cocoa powder and coffee frame a massive block of dark plum, black currant and fig fruit, while massively endowed tannins stride from start to finish. Cassis, anise and Lapsang souchong tea notes hang in the background for now, but should emerge more with extended cellaring. The very dark, almost brooding finish is dominated by charcoal-coated grip, but the purity still wins out in the end. A very, very large wine. Best from 2017 through 2035."
"The 2010 looks to be extraordinary. A slightly fresher and more elegant version of the 2007, I think it may well be the greatest Clos des Papes since the 1990 and 1978. The 2010 has a dense ruby/purple color, a beautifully precise and pure nose of deep black raspberry, black cherry, boysenberry and blueberry notes with some licorice, garrigue, and bouquet garni. Additionally, there is a meaty richness that probably comes from the Mourvedre and Syrah. It is an extraordinarily intense, fresh, lively wine with great finesse and elegance, which is somewhat unusual given the richness of fruit and the power of this wine. The color is a dense ruby/purple, perhaps slightly less opaque than the 2007, but very dark. This wine should evolve for 30+ years.
Barrel Sample: 96-98 Points"
The Wine Advocate
"Tasted first in components, then from a cask that Avril figures to roughly approximate the final blend. #1: About 80% grenache. Bright and assertively perfumed, with intense red berry character and sneaky florality. Silky and smooth, with sweet raspberry and cherry flavors and good back-end cut. #2: "Lots of syrah and mourvedre," according to Avril. Deeper and darker in character, offering intense blackberry and cherry scents and flavors. Tannins give grip to the long, spicy finish. #3: "About two-thirds grenache, then all of the others," said Avril. Intense red fruit and floral aromas, with a hint of smoke. Powerful but lithe, showing impressive depth and a seamless texture. #4: 50% grenache, 30% mourvedre and 20% syrah and "all of the other permitted red varieties": Avril says that this cask is representative of where he thinks the 2010 will ultimately wind up by the time it gets into bottle. Opaque ruby. A heady, expressive bouquet of red and dark fruit preserves, incense and garrigue, with a spicy accent. Juicy and sharply focused, offering vibrant raspberry and cherry flavors that pick up weight with air. Closes on a lively, spicy note, with excellent clarity and lingering sweetness.
Barrel Sample: 94-96 Points"
International Wine Cellar