WA 93-95+ - WS 94 Pts - According to Robert Parker - The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Le Tintot (85% Mourvedre and 15% Grenache aged in small oak barrels) demonstrates just what heights Mourvedre achieved in 2009. (A story circulating among vignerons is that the northern sector of the appellation was far more successful than the south because of the drought, and that the soils in the north are slightly heavier and more moisture-retentive. This is a broad generalization, but there is no question that some northern estates seem to have produced wines that nearly rival what they did in 2007. That was rarely the case in the southern part of the appellation. This is a data point worth keeping in the back of your mind.) The 2009 Le Tintot is a top-flight effort offering lots of tree bark, fresh roasted porcini mushroom, meat juice, blueberry and blackberry notes as well as enormous concentration and density. It is not a wine for wimps or for those wanting something to drink over the near term. Give it 3-4 years of cellaring and drink it over the following two decades. The 2009 Le Tintot could be called the poor man’s version of Beaucastel’s Hommage a Jacques Perrin! Rated 90+
According to Wine Spectator - A dense, dark, brooding wine, with baker's chocolate, espresso and charcoal holding sway over a muscular core of blackberry paste, crushed fig and roasted plum fruit. Thickly coated with structure on the finish, but with the flesh for balance, if you have the patience. Best from 2013 through 2025.