Clos du Mont Olivet Chateauneuf du Pape Rhone Wine, Complete Guide

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Everything about Clos du Mont Olivet, Chateauneuf du Pape, Rhone wine producer profile with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, wine and food pairing tips, best vintages, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews and images. If you want to read about other important wineries and wine makers from the Rhone valley: Links to all Rhone Valley Wine Producer Profiles

Clos du Mont Olivet History, Overview

While the Sabon family can trace their roots in the Rhone valley all the way back to 1547, the formation of Clos du Mont Olivet dates back to 1932. At the time, like many producers in Chateauneuf du Pape, the Sabon’s sold their harvest in bulk to negociants. It was the dream of Seraphin Sabon to turn Clos du Mont Olivet into a world class, Chateauneuf du Pape winery. After the close of World War 2, they finally began bottling and selling their own wine from the domaine.

Clos du Mont Olivet remains another family affair in the Rhone Valley. Today, the estate is managed by 4 siblings, Thierry, David, Celine and Mylene. They took over from Pierre, Jean Claude and Bernard Sabon. They are the children and grandchildren of Joseph Sabon. Joseph Sabon’s name still appears on the bottle.

Clos du Mont Olivet Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking

Clos du Mont Olivet owns 27 hectares of Chateauneuf du Pape vineyards that are planted mostly to red wine varietals. 2 hectares are reserved for the production of white Chateauneuf du Pape wine. Much of their Grenache plantings are from vines that are close to 90 years old. Their oldest vines are located on the stony terroir of La Crau. Those Grenache vines are over 100 years old. Those vines are the heart and soul of their Cuvee du Papet. They also own vines on clay soils and terroir with numerous small rocks and stones.

Clos du Mont Olivet is a traditionally managed Southern Rhone Valley estate. Until the early 1970’s, they were still farming using only horses. They bought their first tractor in 1972. Starting in 1997, they began experimenting with destemming. They liked the results and today, more than 60% of their fruit is destemmed. Fermentation takes place in cement vats and the wines are raised in large foudres or old barrels.

The best vintages of Clos du Mont Olivet are: 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2001, 2000, 1998 and 1990.

Clos Mont Olivet produces 3 red Chateauneuf du Pape wines and one Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc.

Clos Mont Olivet Chateauneuf du Pape is the estate’s largest production. Produced from 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 6% Mourvedre and a combination of Counoise, Vaccarese, Muscardin, Terret Noir, Picpoul Noir and Cinsault, the wine is aged in a combination of vat and foudres. Although a small portion of the wine, about 15% is aged in some oak. This is sold exclusively the American market. The production in total is about 4,200 cases per year. 250 cases are sold to the American market.

Clos du Mont Olivet Cuvee du Papet (Their top of the line wine) made its debut in 1989. The wine is named in hommage to their grandfather, as the name Papet is translated into grandfather. This special Chateauneuf du Pape wine is produced from mostly old vine Grenache. Many of the vines are over 100 years of age. The wine is aged in vat and demi-muids for about 18 months. Production is small. On average Cuvee Papet is about 1,000 cases per vintage. This is truly a very stylish example of Chateauneuf du Pape that is well worth seeking out. However, Clos du Mont Olivet Cuvee du Papet is not produced every year, it’s only made in the best vintages.

Clos du Mont Olivet Petit Mont is made from young their Grenache vines. About 175 cases are produced each year.

Clos du Mont Olivet also produces a white Chateauneuf du Pape wine that is made from a blend of various portions of blend of Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Roussanne, Picpoul, Picardan and Bourboulenc. 80% of the wine is aged in 80% in stainless steel tanks and the remaining 20% is aged in French oak barrels.

Serving and Decanting Clos du Mont Olivet with Wine, Food Pairing Tips

Clos du Mont Olivet is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be popped and poured, or decanted for an hour so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Clos du Mont Olivet is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed dishes, sausage and cassoulet. Clos du Mont Olivet is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms pasta, eggplant and tomatoes.

The white wine of Clos du Mont Olivet is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.

Clos du Mont Olivet also makes 5 different wines from vines they own in the Cotes du Rhone appellation.

Clos du Mont-Olivet Wine Tasting Notes

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2015Clos du Mont-Olivet La Cuvée du Papet  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)96 pts

Sexy, silky and sensuous, there is purity to the fruit, length and ripe, polished tannins. The wine has weight, balance, harmony and a plethora of sweet, ripe, red fruits to make this something that tastes as good as it feels. Produced from a blend of 75% old vine Grenache, 15% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah, the wine reached 15% alcohol.

96 points - Tasted
2015Clos du Mont-Olivet  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)91 pts

Medium bodied and finesse in style, the wine makes a beeline to its red cherry center. Silky tannins and sweetness in the fruit is the name of the game here. The wine was made from a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 6% Mourvedre and 4% of various, allowable AOC grapes.

91 points - Tasted
2012Clos du Mont-Olivet La Cuvée du Papet  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)93 pts

Charming in every way, the fruit has a polished texture and freshness that never seems to dissipate or lose its fresh, lush qualities. Produced from a blend of 75% old vine Grenache, 15% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah, the wine reached 15% alcohol.

93 points - Tasted
2012Clos du Mont-Olivet  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)90 pts

Black cherry liqueur in character, with peppery notes and garrigue, the wine is soft, lush and forward. From a blend 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 6% Mourvedre and 3% Cinsault, the wine reached 15% alcohol.

90 points - Tasted
2011Clos du Mont-Olivet  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)91 pts

Fresh kirsch, silky textures and a sweet, soft, polished, peppery, red berry finish are found in this delicious wine.

91 points - Tasted
2010Clos du Mont-Olivet La Cuvée du Papet  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)97 pts

Silky, polished, sensuous, and delivering the essence of ripe, old vine Grenache, there is so much kirsch, licorice, jammy blackberries, spice and fresh herbs, it’s hard to believe. As big as this is, the wine is also voluptuous, ostentatious, deep, incredibly rich and lush, leaving a lasting impression.

97 points - Tasted
2010Clos du Mont-Olivet  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)92 pts

This super wine, and great value delivers flowers, kirsch, jam and garrigue. Supple textured and already delivering pleasure, this is a winner.

92 points - Tasted
2009Clos du Mont-Olivet La Cuvée du Papet  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)94 pts

Full bodied, soft, lush, round and packed with ripe, old vine Grenache, the wine serves up sweet, fresh, ripe cherries, kirsch, black raspberries and black pepper. This is a really nice style of Chateauneuf that makes it hard to put the glass down.

94 points - Tasted
2007Clos du Mont-Olivet La Cuvée du Papet  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)97 pts

Just weeks away from its 10th birthday, this is in the absolute perfect place for hedonistic, thrill sippers. The lush, sensuous, sexy textures really make this wine something special. The fruit, mostly cherries, shows great purity, freshness, sweetness and verve. The finish wraps it all up the perfect package. No decanting needed here, just let the wine develop in the glass.

96 points - Tasted

Popped and poured. This is one of those wine you knew was going to be good the moment the wine hit the glass. The garrigue, fresh red fruit, pepper, thyme and mint nose rocked it. Even better, the palate was pure lushness and silk. The perfectly ripe, sweet, old vine Grenache leaves a lasting impression in your mouth. This could get better, but it's so good now, if you have a bottle, you need to pop a cork and taste this for yourself.

97 points - Tasted

From mostly old vine Grenache with about 10% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre, powerful aromas of black pepper, fresh herbs, kirsch, wild strawberries, jam and spices are all over the place. Sensuous in texture, rich in flavor and concentration, this beautiful example of Chateauneuf du Pape can be enjoyed in its youth for all the luscious, ripe, red fruits, or allowed to age. This is a wine I'm happy to have purchased as a pre arrival.

96 points - Tasted
2005Clos du Mont-Olivet La Cuvée du Papet  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)94 pts

Full bodied, and loaded with layers of sweet, juicy, ripe cherries, kirsch and olives, there is freshness and opulent character to be found here. Drink now, or wait another year or two, this is really a delicious treat.

94 points - Tasted
2004Clos du Mont-Olivet La Cuvée du Papet  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)92 pts

There is a lot to like about this wine. The nose serves up ripe berries, garrigue and pepper. The wine is medium bodied, soft textured and drinking well today.

92 points - Tasted
2003Clos du Mont-Olivet La Cuvée du Papet  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)91 pts

Jammy strawberry, kirsch, spice, black raspberry, pepper and Provencal herbs lead to a mature Chateauneuf du Pape. Ripe, plush and open for pleasure, the wine ends with a myriad of lush, jammy red and dark berries.

91 points - Tasted
1998Clos du Mont-Olivet La Cuvée du Papet  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)93 pts

Loads of kirsch, pepper, black cherry jam, garrigue and earthy scents open up the wine. In the mouth, the wine is rich, concentrated and paked with layers of sweet, dark, red berries, spice and lush textures. This is drinking great today.

93 points - Tasted

The wine opens with black cherries, cracked pepper, kirsch, garrigue and an interesting note of fresh corn. When this was pointed out, others in the group spotted it as well. Rich, deep and elegant in style, this mature wine finished with a peppery, blackberry jam and strawberry filled finish.

93 points - Tasted

Black pepper, flowers, licorice, Kirsch, market herbs and freshly mown grass in the perfume. This full bodied wine is filled with fresh strawberry, raspberry and dark cherries in the mouth. The elegantly rustic, sauvage textured wine fills your mouth with freshness and flavors, ending with a peppery, black cherry finish. This is at a great place to enjoy today.

92 points - Tasted

Deep, dark color. Robust character. Ripe, black, peppery fruit complicated with ample doses of kirsch.

93 points - Tasted

Great dark, ruby hue. On the nose, pepper, raspberries, mint, herbs and earthy notes. Very full bodied, and highly extracted, with palate sensations that are as enjoyable as the nose . The wine finishes with a blast of jammy blackberries, plums, strawberries and over ripe cherries.

93 points - Tasted
1994Clos du Mont-Olivet  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)90 pts

Firm, but not without some charm ripe, this kirsch and cherry griotte filled wine is drinking at full maturity today.

90 points - Tasted
1990Clos du Mont-Olivet La Cuvée du Papet  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)97 pts

Earthy, barnyard scents are complicated by the kirsch, spice, garrigue and exotic plummy notes. Still fresh, silky and loaded with sweet, ripe cherries, this is at absolute peak and should be enjoyed over the next few years.

96 points - Tasted

With a perfume filled with aromatics of fruit cake, spice box, cinnamon, kirsch, earth, licorice and flowers, it's difficult to keep your nose out of the glass. The scents remind me of Christmas. Silky in texture, with a strawberry, cherry and spice finish, the wine was great the moment it was poured from the bottle. It started dropping fruit after 90 minutes in the glass. That first hour and half was a treat! This Chateauneuf du Pape is fully mature and will not improve. While there is no hurry to drink a well stored bottle, I'm going to finish my remaining two bottles over the next 2-3 years.

95 points - Tasted

Kirsch, barnyard, sour cherry, jammy black raspberry and pepper aromatics open to a wine reeks of wild animal. This is a positive comment. The full bodied, concentrated, powerful wine combines boatloads of ripe and over ripe fruit. The wine finishes with a big mouthful of jammy black cherry and earth.

95 points - Tasted

Gobs of rich, ripe and over ripe red fruits and plums are all over the place and in your face. Full bodied and packed with plush, ripe fruit, this grabs your attention.

97 points - Tasted

Scents of red and black fruits, pepper and jam were joined by a complex display of herbs. This thick, concentrated wine was packed with lush, ripe Grenache fruit.

96 points - Tasted

Great ripe fruit notes, herbs, barnyard notes and a dose of spearmint. Very complex. The mouth feel was rich and concentrated. The flavors screamed Grenache as endless waves of ripe, fresh, jammy strawberry and raspberry filled your mouth.

97 points - Tasted
1983Clos du Mont-Olivet  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)89 pts

Fully mature, with a spicy kirsch and earthy nose. Medium bodied, elegant and soft, there is a nice sweetness to to very ripe cherry finish.

89 points - Tasted