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The 2008 - Giraud Chateauneuf Du Pape Tradition is Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre from the Rhone region in France and the ABV is 15.0%. The 2010 - Sabon Chateauneuf Du Pape Cuvee Reserve is Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre from the Rhone region in France and the ABV is 14.5%.
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This 2-pack includes 1 bottle of 2008 - Giraud Chateauneuf Du Pape Tradition, and 1 bottle of 2010 - Sabon Chateauneuf Du Pape Cuvee Reserve.
2008 - Giraud Chateauneuf Du Pape Tradition
"Plump and open-knit, with a good core of mulled plum, blackberry and crushed currant fruit laced with dark tobacco, chestnut and sweet earth notes. This has a twinge of raisin on the finish, but should stretch out a bit with cellaring. Drink now through 2017. 1,020 cases made. - JM" (10/10) - 90 Pts Wine Spectator
"An outstanding wine, the 2008 Domaine Giraud Chateauneuf-du-Pape is a blend of 60% Grenache, 35% Syrah, and 5% Mourvedre that's completely destemmed. The Grenache and Mourvedre are aged in tank and the Syrah in small barrels. The wine displays fresh aromatics of kirsch and raspberry fruit, spice, and bramble nuances. These lead into a medium bodied palate that has a straight, focused feel, ripe fruit, refreshing acidity and a clean, mineral-laced finish. Drink this textbook, workhorse Chateauneuf over the next decade." (08/10) - 90 Pts Jeb Dunnuck - The Rhone Report
"Big and sweet and sinewy. Lots of polish. So different from the supermarket Chateauneuf offerings! Tingly despite the alcohol. Already quite round and resolved. Pretty good. (JR) Drink from 2011 to 2018" 16.5 out of 20 points, Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages
"From several different CNDP terroirs, age of Vines: 60-80 years old, aging: 12-18 months in tank for Grenache & Mourvedre and barrique for Syrah."
About the producer:
Marie and Francois Giraud
"The "domaine" saw the light of day thanks to Pierre and Mireille Giraudâs zeal and two families coming together. The story begins in 1974 when Pierre and Mireille, as their parents did before them, took on 4 hectares (10 acres) of vines. Little by little the Domaine has grown through years exclusively on the appellation. In 1998, Pierre was ready to pass on his love of the vine and wine to his children. Marie and Francois took on the estate hand-in-hand. Under their parentsâ watchful eye, they devoted themselves to tending vines and winemaking. They focused their efforts on selecting parcel by parcel, doing minimal treatments, upgrading their cellar to make finer and finer wines while respecting family traditions. Francois tries hard to tend each parcel and variety respecting the "terroir" as much as possible, that alchemy nature provides us with, to fully express our grapes" full character." - Importer
This was also rated 89 points by Robert Parker in the Wine Advocate and 88 points by the International Wine Cellar.
2010 - Sabon Chateauneuf Du Pape Cuvee Reserve
"A big step up is the 2010 Roger Sabon Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Reserve. A blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre that comes from 60-75 year-old vines and aged for 18 months in foudre and demi-muid, it exhibits classic southern Rhone aromatics of blackberry, kirsch liqueur, garrigue, spice-box, and big minerality on the nose. This is followed by a full-bodied, elegant, and seamless 2010 that has a balanced, harmonious feel, excellent freshness, and gorgeously polished tannin. It is no blockbuster and leans more towards elegance than sheer power, yet it gains in stature and class with time in the glass. It should be cellared for 3-5 years, and then consumed over the following 10-15 years. " (10/12) - 94 Pts Jeb Dunnuck - The Rhone Report
"The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reserve reveals a boatload of roasted Provencal herbs intermixed with lavender, licorice, cassis, kirsch, cedar, underbrush and pepper. In addition to great fruit, it possesses fabulous concentration, a full-bodied mouthfeel and a sensational, 40-second finish. It should drink well for 12-15+ years." (10/12) - 93 Pts Robert Parker
"Dark purple. Expressive aromas of dark fruits, spicecake, garrigue and licorice. Ripe and harmonious, with a smoky quality and a medicinal touch to its plum and bitter cherry flavors. On the wild side but shows very good sweetness. Finishes with building tannins and firm grip, leaving a spicy note behind." (02/13) - 92 Pts Josh Raynolds - International Wine Cellar
"Grenache is predominant. It is blended with Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault. It is a very virile wine, typical of its terroir, strongly influenced by the Mistral and the sun. A wine that will bring the traditional robustness and warmheartedness of Provence to your table." - Winery
Vinfication & Maturation
"There is rigorous selection of the grapes during the vendage. Vinifaction lasts for three weeks, with the temperature of fermentation around 30 to 32 degrees C . 70 per cent of the wine matures in big barrels of 40 hectolitres and 30 per cent in oak casks of 600 litres. Maturation takes some 16 to 18 months." - Winery