91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The dense purple-colored 2010 Crozes-Hermitage Domaine des Grands Chemins offers abundant meaty, smoky, tapenade, creme de cassis and bay leaf notes as well as exceptional intensity and full-bodied power. It can be drunk early in life or cellared for 10-15 years."
90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
"Opaque ruby. Dark berries and cherry-cola on the pungent, floral-accented nose and in the mouth. Shows very good depth and firm structure, picking up spiciness with air. Chewy tannins give grip to a long, spicy finish with a resonating note of cherry. This wine requires some time."
Vinous Reverie Notes
The Crozes-Hermitage "Domaine des Grands Chemins" is made from a blend of grapes that come exclusively from the Domaine des Grands Chemins, owned by Delas Frères. All the vineyard plots lie on benches known as "Le Chassis," formed at the junction between the rivers Isère and Rhône. The Crozes-Hermitage vineyards are the largest of the northern Rhône appellations. In the northern part, the soils are formed by the granite slopes that run on from those of Hermitage. In the south, soils are alluvial, stemming from glacier and river beds, with benches made up of rolled stones and silt from the Rhône river. Syrah is the main varietal grown, with Marsanne or Roussanne making up no more than 15 percent. Tasting Notes: The color is deep, with a garnet hue deepened by purple tinges. The nose shows seductive whiffs of crushed black fruit — dark cherries, blackberries and blackcurrants — that evolve in the glass to reveal slightly smoky and licorice notes, typical of "Le Chassis”. The texture is tannic but intense, pulpy, almost silky. This truly balanced wine expresses a nice complexity, generous and true to the genuine terroir of the Domaine des Grands Chemins. The wine's structure, along with its aromatic persistence, gives it a great potential for laying down. Food Pairing: This wine pairs well with red meat, feathered game and lamb in pastry.