2000 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rhône France Wine Tasting Note

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2000 Clos des Papes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 93

Refined, elegant, soft and silky, the sweet red fruits are spicy, vibrant, clean and pure. Fully mature, medium-bodied, charming and fresh, the peppery, earthy, herbal strawberry cherry and raspberry finish hit the spot. There is no reason to hold this any longer. 93 Points

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All good things must eventually come to an end, which is this wine is going. At weeks before its 14th birthday, the wine does not have the same freshness, level of fruit or vivacity it displayed in its youth. It was easy to find the kirsch, licorice and garrigue character, along with its trademark supple textures, but the wine is clearly fading. I'm going to finish my few remaining bottles over the next year or two. 92 Points

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Lush textures and a perfume packed with kirsch, Provencal herbs, earth, strawberry jam and pepper. Elegant, charming, sensuous, fresh, pure and drinking perfectly today. 94 Points

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Jammy blackberries, raspberries, cherry liqueur, Provencal herbs and black pepper are easy to find. The texture melds power with Chateauneuf styled elegance. Very concentrated wine. The long, pleasurable, multi-faceted finish is a treat. 95 Points

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When to Drink Clos des Papes, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Clos des Papes can be enjoyed on the young side. But this is a wine that is much better with cellaring. Young vintages can be decanted for about 1-2 hours or 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 des Papes is usually better with 5-8 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. In the best vintages the wine should be consumed within 7-25 years after the vintage.

Serving and Decanting Clos des Papes with Wine, Food Pairing Tips

Clos des Papes is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Clos des Papes is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed dishes, barbecue, sausage and cassoulet. Clos des Papes is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms pasta, eggplant, tomatoes and cheese.

The white wine of Clos des Papes 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 des Papes also produces the value priced, Southern Rhone wine, Petit Vin d'Avril.

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