Domaine Durieu

Lucile Avril Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend

9.050 ratings
8.88 pro ratings
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhône, Rhône, France
Red Rhone Blend
Tomato-Based, Pasta, Salami & Prosciutto, Mushrooms, Onion, Pungent Cheese, Venison, Hard Cheese, Lamb, Pork, Beef
Top Notes For
Tom Casagrande

I vacillate between “my tastes have changed and I no longer like Chateauneuf du Pape like I used to” and “I’m the only person who can be honest about Chateauneuf du Pape these days.” Anyway, this has a pleasant nose of wet river stones and dark raspberry. But in the mouth it’s heavy and ungainly. Pretty rich but basically an overweight non-athlete. Compared to its current peers, it’s pretty good. But compared to CDP of the 70s, 80s, and 90s (I’ll add 2001 to that list), it’s just disappointing.

I vacillate between “my tastes have changed and I no longer like Chateauneuf du Pape like I used to” and “I’m the only person who can be honest about Chateauneuf du Pape these days.” Anyway, this has a pleasant nose of wet river stones and dark raspberry. But in the mouth it’s heavy and ungainly. Pretty rich but basically an overweight non-athlete. Compared to its current peers, it’s pretty good. But compared to CDP of the 70s, 80s, and 90s (I’ll add 2001 to that list), it’s just disappointing.

Oct 1st, 2021
Chris McClellan

As advertised....red fruit driven, smoky, meaty, pepper, dried fruit/baked, leather, firm tannins and acid and boozy...overall well balanced wine not meant for easy relaxed drinking and needs some food!

As advertised....red fruit driven, smoky, meaty, pepper, dried fruit/baked, leather, firm tannins and acid and boozy...overall well balanced wine not meant for easy relaxed drinking and needs some food!

Apr 17th, 2020
Jimmy Smith

Director, West and North London Wine School

8.9

2009: (different bottle in pic) smoky, tobacco, graphite. Meaty powerful style. Full bodied, meaty, very grainy, big. Very ashy, tobacco, smoky.

2009: (different bottle in pic) smoky, tobacco, graphite. Meaty powerful style. Full bodied, meaty, very grainy, big. Very ashy, tobacco, smoky.

1 person found it helpfulJun 5th, 2015
Andrew Lampasone

Owner Wine Watch Selections

8.9

This is a blend of 90% Grenache from 90 year old vines.

This is a blend of 90% Grenache from 90 year old vines.

1 person found it helpfulSep 24th, 2013
Jimmy Smith

Director, West and North London Wine School

8.7

Actually 2013: 90% Grenache, topped up with Syrah & Mouvevdre. More closed, and jammy. Powerful, tannic, needs time.

Actually 2013: 90% Grenache, topped up with Syrah & Mouvevdre. More closed, and jammy. Powerful, tannic, needs time.

Jun 5th, 2015
Andrew Olsen

Lots of dark berries and quite tannic. Opened up beautifully on day 2. Really looking forward to this over time!

Lots of dark berries and quite tannic. Opened up beautifully on day 2. Really looking forward to this over time!

May 10th, 2020
Ronald Schut

Buy the 2016!!

Buy the 2016!!

Sep 30th, 2018
Michael Phillips

Gobs of dark fruit with bright cherry adding lustre to this wonderful wine.

Gobs of dark fruit with bright cherry adding lustre to this wonderful wine.

Aug 18th, 2018
Axel Finger

Good value C

Good value C

Jun 13th, 2018
Axel Finger

2015 Lucile Avril. Fine vintage brings a fine cuvée!
Congrats to Dom. Durieu!
Accessable now, nice fruit and spices. Good freshness.

2015 Lucile Avril. Fine vintage brings a fine cuvée!
Congrats to Dom. Durieu!
Accessable now, nice fruit and spices. Good freshness.

Jun 12th, 2017