"The most straightforward and easiest to drink, the dark plum/ruby-tinged 2009 St.-Joseph Les Pierres displays lots of powdered rock and wet stone characteristics intermixed with sweet currants and black cherries. Enjoy this straightforward, pleasant St.-Joseph over the next 4-5 years. "(85 points, Robert Parker)
From a walled lieu-dit in a very high quality terroir in the heart of Tournon. Deep colour - more so than the Granits, glycerolly and generous. Beautifully perfumed red cherry and blue/black berry fruit and by the bucket-load. Real perfume on this a wine of great impact and excitement. Violets and ink complete add to complex affair but it is hard to convey the excitement. Bursting with freshness it nonetheless never loses focus or composure. Precision married to generosity with a distinct coal dust/ earth mineral backbone that screams its superior terroir. Superb wine with the requisite flesh and vigour for a long life. Magical St Joseph.
“Another good effort, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Quartz’s deep purple color shows slightly more density and bluish tones than the 2009. Full-bodied and layered with copious blackberry and blueberry fruit, it is a voluptuously textured, pure, slightly tannic Chateauneuf du Pape that will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring, and should last for 15-20 years.”93-95 points by Robert Parker
A promotion no doubt - a Champions league performer set well apart from Chateauneuf mid table type . Bright purple but not opaque like the top Ermitage wines there is a bit of everything in this licorice, Demerara sugar black cherry, blackberry, dried herb and garrigue as if freshly wrung in your hands. Has marked texture and layers to it a moist earth element and for all its fireworks the utmost composure. Cool and lengthy the French blackberry jam resolves into the other elements and people are going to love this beguiling wine in 2015.
“The 2010 is a terrific opening offering from Yves Gras in Chateauneuf du Pape. Dense ruby/purple, with loads of kirsch, licorice, barbecue smoke, roasted herbs and bay leaf, it has opulent texture, an expansive, savory mouthfeel and terrific purity and length. It should drink well for 12-15+ years. Bravo!” 92-94 Points by Robert Parker
In Bond Stock: 4 cases and 4 bottles at £147.48 per case
Product code: 0800317A
"The tight, fresh, lively 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape needs 3-4 years of cellaring (unusual for this cuvee made from 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre). A youthful bouquet of black currants, black cherries, licorice, ink and spice box emerges from this full-bodied, young, primary red. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025. "(90-93 points, Robert Parker)