A great back vintage bottle direct from the Domaine in Chateauneuf du Pape. One of the classic Addresses of CDP, with family ties to the Domaine dating back to 1670. The Cuvee Lawerence is an outstanding wine and is a sort of extension of the Cuvee Reserve. The Cuvee Lawerence is the same blend as the Reserve with 80% Grenache, 60% Syrah, 4% Mourvedre, and a mixture of 10% of the other accepted varietals but spends four years in Foudre, twice the amount of time as the Cuvee Reserve. This was released in 2018, but this lot has been at the Domaine since bottling and is showing exceptionally well but still has so much potential. The extra time in bottle has really helped this integrate, and it is an excellent choice for those looking for something with age that can be drunk now, for fans of Pegau, and great Chateauneuf du Pape in general.
Wine Advocate (Joe Czerwinski) 96 points! "Previously unreviewed by The Wine Advocate, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Laurence is 80% Grenache, 6% Syrah, 4% Mourvèdre and the balance a mix of other authorized varieties. After approximately four years in foudre, it shows intense scents of leather, cherries, apricots and cocoa. It's full-bodied and supple, approachable now but capable of aging for up to two decades. It's a terrific example of this cuvée and how Grenache can benefit from extended élevage."
Jeb Dunnuck 96 points! "I loved the 2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Laurence, a serious wine from this solid, always charming vintage. Saddle leather, currants, garrigue, pepper, and ample spice notes flow to a full-bodied, opulent, concentrated wine that has terrific mid-palate depth. While it's relatively soft and forward on the attack, it has density as well as tannin. It's going to drink nicely for two decades."