The top cuvee, which is again made from 45% old vine Grenache, 35% Syrah, and the rest Mourvedre, is the inky purple-colored 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve Lucille Avril. This is a broad blockbuster of a wine in the vintage, full-bodied, powerful, tannic, backward, and rich, with hints of charcoal, roasted meat smells, dried Provencal herbs, and plenty of blackberry, cassis, and cherry fruit. This is a beauty but need s a good 2-3 years of cellaring and should keep for close to two decades. This was an estate that I visited frequently in the early 1980s, purchasing a number of the wines from vintages such as 1983 and 1985. However, the quality became spotty, and the wines increasingly dominated by more bret than fruit. All of that seems to have changed, as these are impressive showings for Durieu’s wines.