Wine Advocate 93 points - 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. (Oct 2011)
Wine Spectator 89 points - A dense, gutsy style, with an extracted edge to the plum, currant and blackberry fruit flavors, lined with ganache and backed by a cedar spine on the finish. A bit chunky in the end, lacking the polished fruit of the vintage. Best from 2015 through 2022. 1,000 cases made. –JM
(May 31 2014)
Domaine du Vieux Lazaret is a 250 acre estate in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Modern winemaking techniques coupled with rigorous selection produces harmonious, ready to drink, generous fruit forward wines. The Domaine’s owner, Jerome Quiot, has led many professional organizations in the wine business and he and his family continue to champion terroir driven, quality wines that represent excellent value and have broad appeal.