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2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Clos des Papes (1.5l) [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$259.00
 
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rated (2012 vintage, 750ml bottle) : November 11, 2014 , Wine Spectator winespectator.com
97 points "A stunner, with a gorgeous cassis aroma that soars from the glass, reinforced by a core of cherry and plum pâte de fruit, hoisin sauce, warm ganache and well-roasted apple wood notes. Hefty, but suave and seamless. The finish lets graphite and licorice elements glide through. The structure is dense, polished and perfectly integrated, resulting in lovely length. Should be a beauty after cellaring. Best from 2017 through 2032. " Best 2017-2032
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
tasted (2009 vintage, 375ml bottle) : April 30, 2015 , Fred Roth
4 stars "Color: dark; Nose: fragrant; Acidity: supple; Finish: persistent; Enjoyed. Wish we had more than a 375ml bottle."
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