91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
“From vines planted in 1925, the 2013 Cotes du Rhone Villages Vielles Vignes is a step up over the Cuvee Paul release. Made from 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvedre, from vines planted in 1925, it has a meaty, dense, rich and medium to full-bodied profile to go with old school notes of ripe red and black fruits, game, tapenade and Herbes de Provence. Like the Cotes du Rhone Cuvee Paul bottling, this puppy is about as Provencal as it gets and represents a terrific value. It too will have a decade or more of overall longevity.”
Vinous Reverie Notes
The oldest vines at Château du Mourre du Tendre is a Grenache vineyard planted in 1925 on gravelly clay soils in the Côtes-du-Rhône appellation. These vines were supplemented in 1969 with the addition of Mourvedre bringing the total size of site to 7 hectares. This is the source of the estate’s Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Vieilles Vignes cuvée. It is darker, earthier and more somber than the regular Côtes-du-Rhône, no doubt due to the Mourvedre, but it retains the intensity and charming rusticity that is the hallmark of this estate. Like it’s siblings, it is fermented whole cluster with indigenous yeasts and aged for three years before release.