"Stunning" "Superb"- Robert Parker
2010 Chateau Simian "les Grandes Grenachieres"
Chateauneuf du Pape
($98.95 per bottle)
When Hippolyte Serguier began planting his Grenache vineyard in the village of Piolenc (the garlic capital of France) in 1880, he could not have imagined that his great grandson would be producing a wine there more than a century later. Hippolyte finished his planting in 1948 and it is from this tiny plot of old vine Grenache averaging a staggering 85+ years that Chateau Simian produces the Chateauneuf du Pape "les Grandes Grenachieres d'Hippolyte "- named in his honor and produced from 95%+ Grenache. Total production is only 350 cases and we are exceptionally pleased to have secured a small allocation for our clients!
Robert Parker has been a devoted fan for years and in rating the 2010 vintage 95 points he gushed:
Close in quality to the profound 2007 is the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Grandes Grenachieres d-Hippolyte. A stunning expression of old vine Grenache, it boasts abundant notes of raspberries, licorice and kirsch intermixed with hints of forest floor and underbrush. With good acidity, precision and freshness as well as a deep, full-bodied, voluptuously textured mouthfeel, this superb example of old vine Grenache should drink well for 15+ years.
This tiny 10-acre estate run by Jean-Pierre Serguier produces 1,500 cases of Chateauneuf du Pape and around 350 cases of their super, old vine cuvee, Les Grandes Grenachieres d-Hippolyte, which is made from 85-year-old vines. These traditionally-made cuvees are aged in foudre or old barrels. Serguier has been managing this estate since 1981