92 - 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"Also with outstanding potential and showing the freshness and purity of the vintage, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape (80% Grenache and 20% Mourvedre) offers loads of Southern Rhone styled bouquet garni, blackberry, licorice and crushed flower-like qualities to go with a rich, full feel on the palate. Beautifully textured, with sweet tannin and solid freshness, it should be a rock-solid 2012 that will drink well on release and evolve gracefully."
John Livingstone-Learmonth ()
"Shiny, attractive full red robe, a grand do. The bouquet is a great example of ripe, genuine Châteauneuf, comes with mulled fruits, dusted garrigue herbs. It has plenty to unfurl over time. This is highly authentic, most becoming wine with old vine fruit, unhurried intensity. The tannins provide a light grainy note, and the finish is savoury, carries precision in its well wrapped fruit content. It is full, but also cool, and not solar. There are salty dabs on the aftertaste. This is ace. I give it big marks for character and local typicity. It is going well and vigorously now."
Vinous Reverie Notes
Château Mourre du Tendre tends 3ha of vines in Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the lieu-dits of Le Crau, La Guigasse and Saintes-Vierges – all sandy terroirs. While primarily Grenache, planted in 1929 and 1945, there is a small portion of Mourvedre that Jacques Paumel added in 1967 to compliment the final blend. Spending at least 3 years in concrete tanks and foudre before release, it perhaps answers the question, what would Roberto Conterno do if he owned a vineyard in Châteauneuf-du-Pape?