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2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Clos des Papes (750ml) [Printable View]
Producer: Domaine Paul Avril   details
Appellation: Châteauneuf-du-Pape - Vallée du Rhône - France (AOC)
Type: red
Varietal: Grenache - Mourvèdre - Syrah - Counoise
Maturity: Hold
Rating: n/a
Est. Price: US$119.95
Alcohol %: 14
 
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rated (2011 vintage, 750ml bottle) : October 1, 2013 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
96 points "96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate One of the stars of the vintage and coming from absurdly low yields of 18 hectoliters per hectare, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape is a full-bodied, seamless effort that exhibits copious kirsch, ground pepper, dried flowers and underbrush as well as incredibly fine tannin, great mid-palate concentration and ample length on the finish. Relatively forward by this estate’s standards, it will be approachable at an earlier age than normal. Nevertheless, it will have 20+ years of evolution and is an awesome effort in the vintage. Drink 2015-2030. One of the benchmark estates, Clos des Papes covers close to 90 acres in Chateauneuf du Pape and is run by the incredibly talented Paul-Vincent Avril. Favoring a single cuvee, his Chateauneuf du Pape is always a blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre 10% Syrah and the rest a mix of Vaccarese, Counoise and Muscardin. No new oak is used in the winery and all new barrels and foudre see three vintages of his non-vintage Le Petit Vin d’Avril before being used for his grand vin. Starting out, the two non-vintage Le Petit Vin d’Avril are both beautifully made (the vines are farmed just like Paul-Vincent Chateauneuf du Pape terroirs and the yields are miniscule) and well worth checking out. (JD) (10/ 2013) " Best 2015-2030
rated (2010 vintage, 750ml bottle) : November 4, 2012 , Wine Spectator winespectator.com
98 points "Lots of cocoa powder and coffee frame a massive block of dark plum, black currant and fig fruit, while massively endowed tannins stride from start to finish. Cassis, anise and Lapsang souchong tea notes hang in the background for now, but should emerge more with extended cellaring. The very dark, almost brooding finish is dominated by charcoal-coated grip, but the purity still wins out in the end. A very, very large wine. WS 09/12. Wine Advocate --96-98pts "The 2010 looks to be extraordinary. A slightly fresher and more elegant version of the 2007, I think it may well be the greatest Clos des Papes since the 1990 and 1978. The 2010 has a dense ruby/purple color, a beautifully precise and pure nose of deep black raspberry, black cherry, boysenberry and blueberry notes with some licorice, garrigue, and bouquet garni. Additionally, there is a meaty richness that probably comes from the Mourvedre and Syrah. It is an extraordinarily intense, fresh, lively wine with great finesse and elegance, which is somewhat unusual given the richness of fruit and the power of this wine. The color is a dense ruby/purple, perhaps slightly less opaque than the 2007, but very dark. This wine should evolve for 30+ years. Rhone Ranger 10/12 --99+pts "Checking in at 15.9% Alcohol and incredibly concentrated, powerful, and yet elegant, the 2010 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape is one for the ages and sports a deep purple, almost opaque color to go with spectacular aromas of kirsch, blackberry, licorice, ground pepper, and Asian spice on the nose. Always a blend of roughly 60% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, and 10% Syrah that is aged in neutral oak foudre, this hits the palate with a full-bodied, thick texture that carries masses of finely polished tannin, layers of fruit, and integrated acidity that keeps everything fresh and vibrant through the finish. This is not for those seeking instant gratification and will need 7-8 years to integrate and flesh out, nevertheless, it is a monumental red that every Châteauneuf-du-Pape lover needs to have in the cellar. " Best 2020-2040
rated (2008 vintage, 750ml bottle) : September 18, 2012 , from a member
92 points Best 2012-2027
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