Also up with the top wines of the vintage, the 2010 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Combe des Fous shows the darker fruit and minerality of the vintage with its creme de cassis, blackberry, ground pepper, licorice and ample crushed rock-like minerality. Gaining more than one expletive in the notes, this full-bodied 2010 has thrilling purity of fruit, massive underlying structure and a rich, layered and decadent feel on the finish. As with most 2010s, it needs another 3 to 4 years of bottle age and will easily have two decades of overall longevity.
Score: 99, Jeb Dunnuck,
Wine Advocate (214), August 2014
The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape La Combe des Fous (meaning "the swale of fools") comes from a 33-acre parcel of 50-55 year old vines in La Crau. Composed of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Vaccarese and 10% Cinsault, it has long been one of my favorite single vineyard Chateauneufs from Clos Saint-Jean. The Grenache is aged in tank and the Syrah in small barrels. It boasts a dense blue/purple color as well as copious notes of charcuterie, smoked duck, bouquet garni, spring flowers, blueberries, black raspberries, blackberries, charcoal and licorice. Full-bodied with striking intensity and richness, good acidity, and a 60-second finish, it reminds me of the youthful 2005 combined with the sweet tannin and expansiveness of the 2007. It should drink well for 25-30 years.
Score: 98/100, Robert Parker,
Wine Advocate (197), October 2011