"Comprised of 45% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 20% Mourvedre and spending 16 months in 50% small barrels, the Grand Veneur 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Origines is a rich, yet medium-bodied example of this cuvee that gives up plenty of toast, wood spice and licorice to go with a core blackberry and raspberry styled fruit. Up-front, with plenty of texture, solid mid-palate depth and good overall freshness, it should drink nicely for over a decade. Drink now-2023. -JD"
- Wine Advocate (Issue #209, October 2013), 92 pts
"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 exercises only a subtle influence on the overall personality of this wine. It exhibits significant creme de cassis, kirsch, blackberry and licorice notes along with a touch of vanillin. Full-bodied, but also accessible, plump and succulent, it can be drunk early in life or cellared for 10-12 years."
- Wine Advocate (Issue #203, October 2012), 90-92 pts
"Lush, with dark fig and blackberry fruit layered with hoisin sauce, smoldering charcoal and pastis notes. Offers a toasted edge on the finish, with a ganache accent chiming in, all carried by finely beaded acidity. Best from 2015 through 2030. - JM"
- Wine Spectator (November 30th 2013), 91 pts