WA 93 IWC 91 Pts - According to Robert Parker - The deep purple-hued, savory Vieux Lazaret 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Exceptionnelle (a blend of 90% concrete-aged Grenache and 10% small barrel-aged Syrah from 40- to 85-year-old vines) is a richer, fuller, more intense and compelling example of the traditional cuvee. Given the voluptuous nature and opulence of the 2009 vintage, this wine can be drunk now or cellared for 15 years. It is expansive and full-bodied with copious black cherry and black raspberry fruit notes intertwined with hints of licorice and incense. This seductive effort is irresistible.
According to International Wine Cellar - Saturated ruby. Sexy, oak-spiced aromas and flavors of black and blue fruits, with a floral quality gaining strength with aeration. Supple and sweet, with plenty of vanillin oak character but noteworthy fruit as well. The floral note repeats on the long finish, which features a juicy blueberry quality. 15% ABV.