One impressive 2011, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape (70% Grenache and 30% Mourvedre, aged in a combination of concrete tank, foudre and barrel) is awesomely full-bodied, rich and layered, with meaty notes of roasted herbs, melted licorice, black fruits and spice all showing on the nose. Possessing fantastic mid-palate depth and plenty of fine tannin, it will drink nicely for 10-12 years (which is saying something for a 2011!). Drink now-2023.
Run by the brother and sister team of Daniel and Christine Chaussy, this brilliant estate covers just over 20 acres in Chateauneuf du Pape, most of which are in the northern part. They produce up to three Chateauneufs in top vintages and one white. In addition, their Vin de France and Cotes du Rhone Villages are always superb and sell for a song. Note: there was no Cuvee du Quet or le Tinto produced in 2011, and no Tinto in 2012.
93 Points ~ Robert Parker