Domaine Grand Veneur is a family concern, with brothers Christophe and Sebastien gradually taking charge of the estate under their father Alain’s guidance. Vines of up to 90 years of age grace their famous terroir in Châteauneuf du Pape and all grapes are hand-picked and organically cultivated.
"Racy, offering delicious dark bramble, linzer torte and blackberry notes, with a strong graphite edge coursing through the finish. Gains density and flesh on the finish, which bodes well for the cellar. A modern style but shows solid grounding in its terroir." 92 points, J.M., Wine Spectator, July 31 2012
"In conversion to organic. Notably deep crimson Very spicy brooding nose. Sweet, mulberry start and then freshness and very clean tannins on the finish. A very ambitious wine. Dramatic." 17.5/20, Jancis Robinson, December 2011
"Another blockbuster is the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape "Les Origines". A blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 20% Mourvedre (45-to-95-year-old vines) aged in small oak, it exhibits an opaque purple color as well as a sweet bouquet of blackberries, espresso roast, ink and graphite. While clearly a modern-styled Chateauneuf du Pape, it retains plenty of the region's tipicity and authenticity. It should drink well for 15+ years. The 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape "Les Origines" is composed of 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 20% Mourvedre from 70-year-old vines and aged in new oak. The oak component exercices only a subtle influence on the overall personality of this wine. It exhibits significant creme de cassis, kirsch, and licorice notes along with a touch of vanillin. Full-bodied, but also accessible, plump and succulent. It can be drunk early in the life or cellared for 10-12 years." 95/100, Robert Parker