2020 Domaine Durieu Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Lucile Avril

Proprietary Blend - 750ML
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REVIEWS

JS 97 JD 96 WA 94 JL 91
JS 97

jamessuckling.com, May 2023

Smelling this great Chateauneuf is like gazing into a deep chasm. Amazing complexity with aromas ranging from black raspberries through to candied orange, but also notes of raw meat and licorice. Super-concentrated...
JD 96

jebdunnuck.com, November 2022

Lastly, and surpassing what the estate achieved in 2019, the 2020 Châteauneuf Du Pape Lucile Avril is based on 80% Grenache and 10% each of Syrah and Mourvedre that was brought up all in concrete tanks. It's the deepest...
WA 94

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, September 2023

A step up from the regular cuvée is Durieu's 2020 Chateauneuf du Pape Lucile Avril, mainly old-vine Grenache, with just 10% each Mourvèdre and Syrah. Also made and aged in concrete, it delivers layers of black cherries...
JL 91

TheWineCellarInsider.com, January 2023

Ripe, lush, round and packed with crushed rocks, herbs and spice, is already easy to taste. The majority of the blend is Grenache with a bit of Syrah and Mourvedre and is a selection from various parcels. Drink from...

WINE DETAILS

Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Southern Rhone
Appellation Chateauneuf du Pape
Vintage 2020
Size 750ML

The 2020 Domaine Durieu Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Lucile Avril is a proprietary blend from the esteemed Southern Rhone region of France, specifically the Chateauneuf du Pape appellation. This red wine is composed of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, and 10% Mourvèdre, sourced from various parcels and aged in concrete tanks.

James Suckling, in his review on jamessuckling.com dated May 22, 2023, awarded this wine an impressive score of 97. He describes it as having "amazing complexity with aromas ranging from black raspberries through to candied orange, but also notes of raw meat and licorice." Suckling praises its super-concentrated and super-structured nature, yet acknowledges its unexpected elegance given its monumental scale. He concludes by noting its "extremely long, complete finish" and suggests it is drinkable now but will be at its best from 2025.

Jeb Dunnuck, writing for jebdunnuck.com on November 11, 2022, gave the wine a score of 96. He notes it surpasses the estate's 2019 offering and describes it as the "deepest ruby-colored wine in the lineup." Dunnuck highlights its "brilliant perfume of pure blackberries, ground pepper, licorice, dried garrigue, leather, and Asian spice." He finds it "pure, seamless, incredibly elegant, and full-bodied," calling it "another straight-up gorgeous wine from this team that readers will love to have in their cellar."

Jeff Leve of TheWineCellarInsider.com provided a more reserved yet positive review, scoring it 91 on January 27, 2023. He describes the wine as "ripe, lush, round and packed with crushed rocks, herbs and spice," and mentions that it is already easy to taste. Leve appreciates its blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre, and suggests a drinking window from 2022 to 2031.

Lastly, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, in a review dated September 29, 2023, gave the wine a score of 94. The review notes that the wine is "mainly old-vine Grenache, with just 10% each Mourvèdre and Syrah." It delivers "layers of black cherries, dusty earth and dried spices on the nose," with a "supple and creamy-textured" full-bodied palate. The review also mentions hints of licorice and peppery spice on the lengthy finish.

In summary, the 2020 Domaine Durieu Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Lucile Avril is a highly acclaimed wine with notable complexity, elegance, and a broad flavor profile, making it a standout choice for collectors and enthusiasts alike.