THE RHONE REPORT by Jeb Dunnuck


2011 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine Comte de Lauze White  Scoring: 89


A solid white that has a decidedly mineral-driven profile, the 2011 Domaine Comte de Lauze Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a medium-bodied, round, and supple white that possesses notions of tropical fruits, honey, wild herbs, and loads of crushed stone like nuances on the nose. Rich, fleshy, and upfront, it needs to be consumed over the coming year or two

2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine Comte de Lauze Red   Scoring: 89


A blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah that‟s aged in foudre and barrique, the 2010 Domaine Comte de Lauze Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a delicious, classy wine that yields traditional, Provencal aromas of garrigue, pepper, sweet cherries, and hints of green herbs, medium body, juicy acidity, and excellent balance. It is what I would call a workhorse Châteauneuf-du-Pape and is a character-filled effort that will drink well for a decade.

2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve de la Comtesse Domaine Comte de Lauze Red   Scoring: 92

Much more modern in style, yet also richer and more concentrated, the 2010 Domaine Comte de Lauze Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve de la Comtesse is a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah, where 20% of the Syrah is aged in new oak. Offering up a rich, full bouquet of vanilla-laced black cherries, pepper, plenty of garrigue, and sappy flowers, this full-bodied wine has excellent acidity, a pure, focused texture, and chewy tannin. It needs air to show at its best, so decant if drinking anytime soon. It will benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age, and drink well for over a decade.