|2012: 95 Points - Jeb Dunnock, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the blockbusters in the vintage, the inky-colored 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape La Reine des Bois – 80% Grenache, completely destemmed and aged 12 months in 80% stainless steel and 20% old barrels – offers fantastic richness and depth in its blackberry liqueur, graphite, wood smoke and crushed-rock-like aromas and flavors. An elegant, stylish and polished example of this cuvée, it comes closest in my mind to a lighter-weight 2010. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated and with fine tannin, it will drink well for 10-15 years."
Vintage: ?? Points - Josh Raynolds, Steve Tanzer's International Wine Cellars: " Deep ruby. Fresh black and blue fruits on the highly perfumed nose, with floral and Indian spice nuances adding complexity. Sappy, penetrating and pure, with very good depth and energy to its boysenberry and cherry-cola flavors. At once rich and lively, finishing with impressive power, supple tannins and lingering spiciness."
2012: 4.5/5 Stars - John Livingstone-Learmonth, DrinkRhone: " Nice and shapely nose, plenty of appeal in its soaked berry aroma, doesn’t hold back, is round. It has a bonny depth, and shows airs of rosemary and licorice in the background. The palate gives liquid, fresh fruit with good heart, starts on dark berries, has a peppery late moment, is tasty overall. There is good buzz in its rich, fluid style. Sealed in tannins support its late moments well. The exit is fresh, tangy, a little craggy for now. It can sing in time with profound linger. From 2016."