2011 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rhône France Wine Tasting Note

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2011 Clos des Papes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 92
Just about to enter the other side of maturity, you can still find ample, fresh, ripe, red fruits, spice, bouquet garni, pepper, and floral notes, but the fruit has started to lose some of its intensity. This wine requires drinking in the near future. Drink from 2022-2025.

Just about to enter the other side of maturity, you can still find ample, fresh, ripe, red fruits, spice, bouquet garni, pepper, and floral notes, but the fruit has started to lose some of its intensity. This wine requires drinking in the near future. Drink from 2022-2025.

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Medium bodied, but not light, the nose kicks in with 5 spice, kirsch and peppery scents. The wine offers soft, round textures and a spicy, fresh, cherry, fennel and black raspberry finish that is further complicated by a hint of spearmint on the endnote.

Medium bodied, but not light, the nose kicks in with 5 spice, kirsch and peppery scents. The wine offers soft, round textures and a spicy, fresh, cherry, fennel and black raspberry finish that is further complicated by a hint of spearmint on the endnote.

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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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