Wine Advocate 93-95, Vinous 92-94!
Château du Mourre du Tendre is located in the village of Courthézon and makes ultra-traditional wines from the appellations of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Côtes-du-Rhône and Côte-du-Rhône Villages. The winery's name, "Mourre du Tendre", comes from a Provençale dialect meaning "small hill of love". Although the proprietors, the Paumel family, have been making wine and growing grapes for generations, the current patriarch, Jacques Paumel, who took over from his father in 1962, only started to estate bottle his wines in the 1980's. Jacques and his wife Josephine have now been joined by their next generation, Florence and Richard Paumel. Practicing organic. Grenache 80%, Mourvedre 20%
Tres Vieilles Vignes.
"A knockout wine that's still not in bottle, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape checks in as a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvedre that will spend upward of 4 years in tank before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. Gorgeously perfumed, with full, rich aromas and flavors of wild herbs, sweet cassis, blackberry, spice-cake and hints of flowers, it hits the palate with fantastic purity, a layered, concentrated mid-palate and ripe, substantial tannin. It's a classic, unique Southern Rhone that will have 15-20 years of longevity. Drink 2016-2030."-Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate, 93-95 points!
Enjoy Chateau du Mourre du Tendre Chateauneuf-du-Pape over the next 8-10 years with daube Provencal (slow-cooked beef), roast chicken, grilled mushrooms, pastas, and cheeses.