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Clos des Papes

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2017 Clos des Papes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 97

On the nose you find a spicy blend of dark cherries, strawberry, Asian spice, cloves and licorice. On the palate, the wine soft, elegant, fresh and juicy, with sweet, peppery kirsch in the finish. The wine is a blend of 45% Grenache, 40% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah and the remaining 5% consists of various, allowable grape varieties. The grapes are as always 100% destemmed. The production is quite low this year at only 15 hectoliters per hectare.

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2016 Clos des Papes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 100

The spicy cherries might be the first thing you notice, but it only gets better from there with all the flowers, pepper, herbs and kirsch that kicks in from there. Full bodied, rich, concentrated and luxurious in texture, the sensuous layers of cherry, plum and kirsch seem endless as they build and expand in the finish. The fruit has a beautiful purity and intensity that makes you want to taste it again and again. There is a hint of licorice and salinity in the finish that comes out with air. The wine is a blend of 55% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah and the remaining 5% consists of various, allowable grape varieties. This is a monumental vintage for Clos des Papes that should not be missed by fans of this wine.

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2015 Clos des Papes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 96

Elegance, purity of fruit, silky tannins and the ability to harness power, concentration, and freshness, keeping everything in balance is what takes place here. Perhaps this is the most consistent wine of the appellation for the past 5 decades. But I digress. This is really a fabulous, sensuous, sexy wine, with velvet textured tannins and ripe, sweet red fruits and spice that does not want to quit. The wine was made using 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah and the remaining 5% consists of various, allowable grape varieties.

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2014 Clos des Papes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 94

Elegance, purity of fruit, freshness and energy are at a very level for this semi difficult vintage. The wine serves up ripe, sweet, pure red fruits and spicy berries in suave, polished, sexy finish.

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2013 Clos des Papes Blanc  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 92

Apricot, orange, melon and floral scents are coupled with a spicy, oily, fat, ripe, nutty, sweet wine.

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2012 Clos des Papes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 96

Violets, red cherries, raspberry and spicy plum scents make up the perfume. On the palate, the wine is silky, lively and fresh, expressing sweetness in the fruit, round, voluptuous textures and purity of flavor.

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2011 Clos des Papes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 94

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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2010 Clos des Papes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 98

Full bodied, packed and stuffed with sweet, spicy berries, red fruits and floral notes. The wine is sweet, concentrated and dense. There is a lot of volume and depth in this wine. At 16% alcohol ,there is no sensation of heat at any point in the experience. I could be short changing this wine on the 98 Pt score, it's sublime and really leaves a lasting impression. A few years in the bottle should add a lot to this elixir.

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Move on over 2007 and make room for the 2010. Until now, I was sure the best vintage of Clos des Papes was the sublime 2007. As good as that wine is, the 2010 is even better! This is intense, pure, rich, mouth coating and long, yet everything is in balance and harmony with its decadent layers of perfectly ripe, lush, opulent layers of fruit. There is so much depth and focus to this wine, it’s close to off the charts! At close to 16% alcohol, there is no sensation of heat as it’s buried under the avalanche of fruit.

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2009 Clos des Papes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 95

Black raspberries, cherry, floral and bay leaf on the nose, with silky textures, freshness, cherry griotte and raspberry flavors that feel soft, fresh and silky on the medium bodied palate. The wine leave you with sweet cherries on the end note.

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2008 Clos des Papes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 90

Earthy, smoky, red plums, medium bodied, lighter style of Clos des Papes with a focus on freshness, elegance, bright red fruits and spice. Drink this Burgundian styled wine on the young side. If you are thinking Parker is off his game on all the high scoring years, due to too much alcohol and fruit, you will like this wine a lot.

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2007 Clos des Papes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 97

Luscious, supple, rich, concentrated and focused on its purity of fruit. Ripe, sweet and yet, no heat, or jammy character, just silky, pure fruit here. This is really drinking well today. With time, this will even be better...

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Showing some lightness in the color, the complex nose offers garrigue, kirsch, licorice, cherry, mint and forest scents that work perfectly with the silky, luscious, fresh, berries. There is a beautiful sense of sweetness, purity and freshness in the fruit that stays with you and lingers in the mouth.

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This wine has been a beauty since I first tasted it in tank! What more could you ask for in a Chateauneuf du Pape? A complex nose packed with kirsch liqueur, garrigue, jam, spice and earth, sexy, lush, sensuous textures and a long, fresh, sweet, dark, black raspberry and cherry filled finish.

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With a rich, deep color, the perfume exhibits pepper, black raspberry jam, grenadine, garrigue, licorice and raspberry liqueur. The opulent, silky textured fruit coats your mouth and palate, ending in a long, peppery, sweet, pure, red cherry liqueur finish. This is one of the most sensuous Chateauneuf du Pape wines I've ever tasted. WOW!

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2006 Clos des Papes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 96

This is really drinking in the sweet spot. the showy nose, with its ripe and over ripe cherries, kirsch, pepper and garrigue starts you up, and the boatload of perfectly ripe, red fruits, spice and herbs, coupled with wild, silky textures finishes the job.

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Just a lovely example of everything that makes Clos des Papes such a pleasure to drink. Combining freshness, opulence, ripe fruit, spicy notes and a complex nose, there is ample structure to age and a vibrant quality in the finish giving the lift and length. Still young, this is drinking well today, but a few more years will add more to the wine.

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Thick, dense, yet light on its feet, the wine is packed with delicious, sweet, spicy red berries, kirsch, wet earth and floral scents with just a hint of sweet jam. Silky, plush and mouth filling, you can drink now, or age it. This is a beauty!

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2005 Clos des Papes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 93

Fresh, bright, sweet, peppery kirsch from start to finish is found here. Elegant, juicy and fresh, with good concentration, energy, length and purity.

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Bright, fresh, peppery, black raspberry, kirsch, garrigue and fennel scents open to a rich, sweet, spicy plum and black cherry jam filled wine this is still young. But if you like your Chateauneuf du Pape on the young side like I do, it's showing nicely.

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2004 Clos des Papes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 93

A beautiful nose with peppery red cherries and black cherries, earth, black raspberry jam and fresh herbs open to a soft textured, kirsch filled wine that is already drinking well.

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2003 Clos des Papes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 95

Concentrated, lush and full bodied, the powerful wine kicks off with jammy black cherries, pepper, figs and Provencal herbs. Not exactly delicate, this is more focused on the volume and stylistic character. There is a touch of dryness in the finish that is not off putting, but part of the wines character. There is no touch of heat or over-ripeness here. Still young, this is not your grandmother's Clos des Papes.

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Much better than a bottle tasted a few months ago, still, while there was a lot to like here, with its jammy kirsch, spice, earth and peppery profile, this is not a wine I'd hold for more development. Drink up over the next few years is my advice.

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Hopefully, as my instincts say, this was an off bottle. Much of the freshness and red fruit were missing, and instead, the wine showed an intense jammy, fig like quality that was far too overripe, and flabby. This was from the same case as other bottles that have been stunning. So, sadly, your guess was as good as mine.

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Not as robust as it was during the prime of its youth, but then who is? Layers of sweet, ripe, very ripe and over ripe dark red fruits, licorice, spice, earth, herbs and kirsch liqueur are all over the place. Rich, lusty, but not over the top, this is not a wine to hold from here.

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Perfectly ripe cherries, lavender, pepper and garrigue, with a faint hint of prune in the nose. Silky, soft and plus, with a great sense of purity, there is nothing over the top, or out of place in this wine. The sweet, ripe, cherries and kirsch carry all the way through. One could quibble and with the minor sense of heat in the finish, but that does not detract from the experience. At 11 years of age, this could be in the sweet spot.

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Ripe scents of black cherry liqueur, raisins, pepper, black raspberry, spice and kirsch lead to a full bodied, packed youthful Chateauneuf du Pape. This is a very ripe, concentrated, powerful style of Clos des Papes that some tasters like more than others.

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Smokey black cherry, garrigue, lavender, all spice, kirsch liqueur, fresh cut herbs and intense black raspberry scents create the compelling perfume. Dense, corpulent, concentrated and packed with layers of sweet, ripe, juicy fruit, this wine grabs your attention without an apology.The wine fills your mouth and coats your palate with layers of fruit and flavor. This seems young and should only get better over the next decade or two... This is not a wine of finesse. But it is a delicious wine of Chateauneuf du Pape.

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When this wine was first delivered to the states, it stirred an intense controversy over the Internet. Awarded a high score by Robert Parker, some tasters called the wine a mess. I've enjoyed stunning bottles of this wine at times. On other occasions, the wine seemed like it suffered heat damage at some point. One specific friend has opened it numerous times and everyone of his bottles have been flawed. All my bottles have been sublime. At dinner last night, a guest brought a bottle and clearly, the wine endured damage along the way. The wine was light in color, flavor and density. There was an enjoyable level of kirsch, garrigue and herbs, but that is not what the wine delivers at its best. It was not a bad tasting experience, but this bottle was at best average.

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This sports one of the darkest colors I’ve seen in a young Chateauneuf. Intensely concentrated with massive layers of ripe, dark and peppery, ripe red fruit. Full bodied, alcoholic and richly concentrated, I'm not sure why this wine invites all the controversy.

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2001 Clos des Papes Blanc  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 89

Good rich character, ripe, full bodied in an exotic style. Already showing well. Might not be long lived.

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2001 Clos des Papes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 95

If you're seeking to get seduced by a mature, Chateauneuf, look no further The purity in the sweet cherries is perfectly matched by its earthy floral and spicy quality, soft textures and sensuous, red fruit filled finish.

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What a super wine and in the perfect sweet spot too. Complex aromatics are in synch with the rich, sweet, concentrated, pure black cherries, earth, plum and spice notes that take up most of the room in your mouth. Fresh, long and clean, with great purity of fruit, what are you waiting for? Pop a cork!

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A rich perfume of fresh black pepper, kirsch, 5 spice, fennel and black raspberry jam open to a wine filled with soft, velvet like tannins. The wine ends with a juicy mouthful of ripe Grenache, spice and kirsch. This is drinking great today.

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2000 Clos des Papes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 92

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.

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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.

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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.

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1999 Clos des Papes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 92

On the fresh, bright, crisp and floral side, the cherries are still sweet, crisp, floral and elegant. The finish offers an elegant, bright, kirsch filled note. Not the deepest or more concentrated wine from the estate, but it is among the more refined and charming vintages produced here.

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1998 Clos des Papes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 93

Elegant in style, there is good freshness to all the sweet, ripe, kirsch, cherries and black raspberries, accompanied by spice, herbs and black pepper aromatics. Medium bodied, silky and refined, this is already fully mature. There is no reason to hold it for further aging.

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1995 Clos des Papes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 93

Kirsch, pepper, fresh herbs, strawberries and ripe cherries open to a soft, ripe, elegant expression of Grenache. At close to 20 years of age, this seems to be a fully mature Chateauneuf du Pape that is right on top of its game.

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Black cherry, kirsch, earth, truffle and fresh market herbs. Robust, concentrated black cherry and herb flavors end with a dense melange of dark cherry, jam and plum flavors. This fully mature Chateauneuf du Pape might have been a little more interesting a year or two ago. There is no reason to age this any longer.

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1990 Clos des Papes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 95

This fully mature Chateauneuf du Pape offered a lot of excitement on the nose. Fresh black cherry, garrigue, kirsch, herbs, camphor and anise made up the perfume. Full bodied with soft textures, concentration and finesse. If the spicy, kirsch filled finish was a bit longer, it would have earned a higher score. This is not going to improve. I'm going to enjoy my two remaining bottles over the next year or two.

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Calling it a mini version of Rayas is an accurate description. The nose exploded from the glass with spicy cherry tones, herbs, jammy black fruits and pepper. As good as the nose was, the palate might even have been better! Dense, thick, full bodied fruits filled your mouth with layers of elegant red and black fruits. The finish lasted at least :35.

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1979 Clos des Papes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 93

Every time I have this wine, I walk away impressed and this bottle was no exception. Still vibrant, fresh, lusty and full of life, the fruit were there in abundance and the delicious finish really sticks with you.

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Tasted blind, I was sure this was several years younger than its true age. The attention grabbing aromatics with their earthy, pepper, kirsch, garrigue and spice don’t let go. The silky, ripe, array of ripe fruits on the palate are even better. There is no reason to hold back from popping a cork if you are lucky enough to own this wine.

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1945 Clos des Papes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 94

Cloudy, red in color, ample scents of kirsch liqueur, truffle, grilled steak, cherry wood, cherry pipe tobacco, spice and black cherry caught your attention and kept it. Soft, sweet, pure and intense, with time in the glass, the elegant, spice, red berry filled wine began to fade. On the other hand, a wine like this is a time machine. World War Two had just ended. The Nazis were defeated in and much of Europe was in shambles, needing to be rebuilt. Knowing that was taking place while this wine was alive, once again, wine became the only working time machine!

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1937 Clos des Papes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 80

The oldest Rhone I have ever tasted was the color of light tea. The smoky, mineral and herbal perfume had no hints of fruit. Soft, rustic herbs and tart cherries were found in the finish. While this was not a great or even good wine, tasting bottled history is always a treat.

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